Save on Everything with Code CYBERYES + Choose a FREE Gift with Your Order!
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!


Sun-kissed Waterfall Earrings

About this design:

This design was inspired by the Pantone color of the year- Classic Blue. I love how the seed bead clusters in varying shades of blue & pink really make the lapis nugget on the bottom pop!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Lapis Faceted Rice
  • Gold Chain
  • Gold Headpins
  • Gold 3mm jump rings
  • Gold Earwire
  • Gold wire (24 or 26 gauge)
  • Assorted Seed Beads
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Make a bead charm with a lapis nugget & a headpin. Attach the charm to 4 links of chain with a jump ring. Make a bead link with a seed bead and attach directly to the chain. Attach the top of the link to 2 links of chain. Make another bead link with a seed bead and attach directly to the chain. Attach the top of the link to 2 more links of chain. Slide the top of the chain onto an earwire.
Step 2:
Make bead charms with the seed beads & crystal. I made 10 charms with the grapefruit 6/0 seed bead and 25-30 charms with the 15/0 beads.
Step 3:
Slide 3 charms onto a jump ring and attach the jump ring to the chain. Repeat all the way down the chain and the loop of the earwire.

Buy Products from this Design

Gold (plated) Stainless Steel Small Cable Chain

Measurements: 1.5mm x 1.0mm link

per foot: $0.90
8 meter spool: $18.90
15-16" strand $11.90
½ strand (loose) $6.45

More Photos & Ideas »

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. No Photo
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Very pretty Elaina. And your instructions are so clear. And the colors really do pop. Love the grapefruit 6/0 seed beads.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Such festive earrings to either dress up a casual outfit or dress down a dressy outfit for casual wear.

  3. Midge S
    Midge S says:

    Very nice!

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I really need to try this! Love the colors you chose and the fullness of the dangles. Fantastic work Elaina!

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Very pretty. Since you use seed beads for the dangly stuff, it should also be fairly budget friendly. I see many possibilities here.

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What incredible earrings. I can remember a time – not that long ago when I would really want earrings like that to really wear. These are spectacular. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best I’d give them a 12.

  7. bunnygal
    bunnygal says:

    These ‘type’ of earrings are what I call ‘Grape Cluster’ because that is what they reminded me of the first time I saw something similar. Sadly, those earrings were stolen from me. So I am so happy to see a good demonstration of them…so I can make a pair of my own! (The other ones were a gift).

  8. Elaina at Lima
    Elaina at Lima says:

    Thanks everyone!

  9. kye
    kye says:

    These are so striking. It’s amazing what can be achieved with tiny seed beads. Thanks for posting the instructions.

  10. No Photo
    doglover72 says:

    I love this style! But I have had a lot of problems trying to do this on other projects Help!! My question is, how many charms do you put per jump ring? Does each charm get its own jump ring? And does each jump ring get its own link on the chain? It is hard for me to work with such small jump rings. Any suggestions?

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.