Growing up in California, I spent most of my summers at the beach as child and teen. Wearing shell jewelry was fun back then. I remember the strung puka shell necklaces and earrings. These Aqua Filigree Earrings are an updated adult version way to wear shell jewelry. They are made using shell disk beads and instead of using the beads in the traditional way, I have layered them between two pieces of filigree brass. You can make these earrings too, by following the simple two steps below.
2 – Violet Filigree Brass Antique Silver
2 – Round brass Filigree 20mm Antique Silver
2 – Earwires with Filigree Ball Antique Silver
2 – 1” EyePins Antique Silver
2 – 4mm Bicone Swarovski Crystal AB Beads
2 – 34ss Swarovski flat back stones in crystal ab
2 – 25mm flat disk blue shell beads
Round nose pliers
Easy Steps for making Aqua Filigree Earrings:
1. To make filigree layered piece: Place a small amount of glue to one side of the shell disk bead using a toothpick. (Tip- make sure to pick the best side of the bead to be up) Glue bead to the center of the violet filigree. Add a small amount of glue to the back side of the 20mm round filigree. Glue the filigree to the center of the shell bead. Next add a small amount of glue to the back of the Swarovski flat back stone and glue it to the center of the 20mm round filigree. Set aside to dry. (24 hours) Make sure that all layers are centered before leaving to dry. Repeat step a second time.
2. Open the loop on the earwire with round nose pliers. Add the 1”eyepin to the loop and close the loop of the earring. Now add the 4mm Swarovski bead to the eyepin. Trim and make a simple loop, but not closing the loop entirely. Feed the loop through the top opening on the violet filigree. Close loop. Repeat for second earring.
The earrings are now complete! That was quick and easy. Shell disk beads come in a variety of colors, which will allow you to customize the color of your own earrings.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.