Christmas Present Earrings with Swarovski Crystal
It's the Thought that Counts
-- Designer --
Tom Triplett, Content Development Manager, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal clear, 8x8mm faceted cube (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, Siam, 6x6mm cube (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, emerald, 4x4mm cube (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal AB, 5mm butterfly (2 beads)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, sterling silver, flattened fishhook, 2.5mm ball and coil, 21 gauge (1 pair)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
Christmas Present Earrings featuring Swarovski crystal
String the following onto one headpin:
one Swarovski crystal clear, 8x8mm cube
one Swarovski crystal Siam, 6x6mm cube
one Swarovski crystal, emerald 4x4mm faceted cube
one Swarovski crystal AB 5mm butterfly
Place your round-nose pliers, horizontally, above the last bead placed onto the headpin. Bend the headpin to a 90 degree angle. Turn the pliers so they are now vertical in the angled section.
Bring the tip of the headpin up and over the top jaw of the pliers so the wire is now facing downward. Turn the pliers so they are horizontal again. Continue to bring the tip of the headpin around the barrel so the wire is now formed in a loop and the end is back out and at a 90 degree angle.
Remove the round-nose pliers. Grip across the loop with the chain-nose pliers. Grip the tip of the headpin with the flat-nose pliers and wrap the headpin around the straight length of wire below the loop, making approximately three tightly wound wraps.
Using the side-cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with the chain-nose pliers.
Using the chain-nose pliers, open the loop on the bottom of the earwire. Slip the loop above the present onto the open earwire loop; close the loop to secure the present dangle.
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to make the second earring.
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