November 3, 2011

DIY Rhinestone Chain Earrings

This fall, I found a wonderful shop in Brooklyn that carries a large selection of vintage jewelry and supplies. In addition to sequin trim for a pending DIY, I picked up a yard of rhinestone chain in a matte, white color. A few other supplies and they became lovely little earrings. They took just a few minutes to make, and I can't stop staring at them. I'm in love.

Tools and materials:
6 inches or so of rhinestone trim
Pliers w/ wire cutters
Earring posts and backs
Super glue
A toothpick or paperclip

Keep reading for the how-to!

Cut off two pieces of trim, two stones long, from the chain using wire cutters or pliers.

Put a blob of glue on the earring back.

Stick the two pieces onto the glue and earring back. To keep the earring stable while freeing up my hand, I pushed the earring post into a cork. Good thing wine corks are in abundance around here.

Wrap the chain around the square of stones, measuring how much trim it will take to circle the four inner stones. Trim the chain down to that size (for me, it was nine stones long). Using a toothpick or wire, dab glue around the outside of the square. Press the newly cut chain into the glue, around the sides of the four original stones.

Press the earring flush against the cork (so the trim is supported while the glue sets), and leave to dry.

There you have it! I'm quite smitten with these earrings-- they have a ladylike, vintage quality to them and remind me of daisies. If you wanted to go really retro, glue the trim onto clip-on backs.


  1. These are gorgeous, Erin! I've never seen white rhinestone trim, so these are especially lovely! Great job :)

  2. love these! i recently made some earrings using rhinestone chain too! i'm not trying to spam you at all haha but if you wanna look here they are :)

  3. WOW, where is this store in brooklyn? i live in bay ridge & wold LOVE to visit this store!!

  4. The store is called Union Max in Cobble Hill (Columbia and Union). I've had bad luck with their hours, so call first!

  5. these are so cute! such a good idea. pinning this idea now :)

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  8. Great job. These look lovely.

  9. So cute jewelry! thanks for sharing.

  10. Such a cute idea!

    - Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  11. allison8:45 AM

    eeeee i cannot wait!

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  13. Love this!!!

    Just found you through Pinterest.

    Great blog! :)


  14. such a great idea! i'm going to try making these.

  15. I've always loved turquoise jewelry and I'm so glad I read this post - her jewelry is incredible, especially the necklace in the 7th picture. Thanks for sharing and I'll be sure to check out your tumblr.

    silver snowflake earrings

  16. so creative! love it!

  17. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Hi Erin! Love your blog (like best name everrr). Just wanted to let you know that this tutorial has been included in our collection of Best Rhinestone Cup Chain Tutorials on the Internet.




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