Set raw crystal drops and points into beautiful sterling silver jewelry. You may think setting raw crystals might be tricky but it isn’t. I recently received a bag full of crystal points. After sorting through it for matching pairs, I decided on creating earrings and a ring out of my favorite pieces. The earrings were fairly simple, but you do need to know basic wire wrapping skills for one of them. I had so much fun with the first pair of earrings, I ended up making a total of 3 pairs that day using a variety of sterling silver findings. I found it quick and easy to complete a pair within 10 minutes including a few minutes of waiting for the adhesive to set. The raw crystal ring was a bit trickier since it involves multi-layered soldering and bezel setting skills.
With just a few sterling silver findings you can replicate these nice drops!
Run a thin stream of Starbond glue around the crystal tip and slide that into the gallery end cap, then wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry. Tighten the caps as needed around the crystals. Run hoops, earwires, or similar earring findings through the loops on the end caps.
Tip:Be sure to use a minimum amount of glue. If some spills out on the crystal remove it immediately.
Repurpose bead cones to create beautiful caps! Cones are tapered to they will fit a wider range of crystal diameters.
Tip:The tapered interior in cones is more forgiving than end caps so you can fit a wider range of crystal point widths.
Tip:Be sure the head of the headpin is larger than the small hole ID on the bead cone.
Use this technique to create a trendy silver ring like this one or get creative with other center mount design ideas.
Tip:A great way to create a tight loop in a thick pattern wire is to shape it with a Wubbers bail making plier. The adjacent jaws hold it perfectly in place while you're creating the circle.
Tip:Plan ahead! I used hard, medium, soft and extra easy while soldering this ring together.