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Q.
I have seen pictures of metal conchos being used in beaded earrings but no instructions on how to do it. Where might I find help with these? Thanks for any help you can give!
- Liz
A.
You could use a concho that comes with holes, or try using a steel hole punch which makes holes with smooth edges and a good round shape. Holes can be made in soft metal of varying thickness, ranging from 28-gauge (approximately 0.3mm) to 10-gauge (approximately 2.6mm) depending on the type and hardness of the metal. You can make a hole at the top of the concho and attach earwires. You can punch holes along the bottom, then attach dangles to add pizzazz with bead or crystal dangles.

- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Swarovski crystal Ambassador

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