Earrings with Felt Components and Glass Drops

Warm up with a jolly pair of pink felted earrings this Christmas season--a sensationally gilded style that's easy to make.

STEP 1
Make a hole in the felted ball by pushing a 2.5mm beading awl through the center of the ball, twisting the awl as you go until the tip emerges from the opposite side. Remove the awl and insert in into the opposite side of the felt ball where the awl first emerged and twist-push the awl through the new hole so the width of the hole is even on both ends.
STEP 2
String one of each of the following beads onto a gold-plated headpin:
  • Seed bead, Delica®, glass, silver-lined dark pink
  • Flower bead cap, gold-plated brass, 6mm
  • Swirl-style bead cap, gold-plated, 10mm
  • Pink felted ball from Step 1
  • Leaf style bead cap, gold-plated, 15-18mm
  • Olivine Swarovski crystal, 6mm faceted bicone
Design Tip: It may be necessary to gently pry open the leaf tips so the bead cap fits snugly over the felted ball.
STEP 3
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the crystal bead strung onto the headpin. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire over the barrel of the pliers to form a 90 degree angle.
STEP 4
Place the pliers into the angled section vertically, so one barrel is above and one is below the wire. Bring the wire up and over the top barrel of the pliers so it is now facing down at an angle.
STEP 5
Reposition the pliers so they are horizontal again, with one barrel in the loop and one out and to the right. With chain-nose pliers, or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending below the loop you just created.
STEP 6
Grip across the loop with a pair of chain-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with flat-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire, starting from below the loop and working toward the beads, making approximately three tightly wound wraps. Trim any excess wire, and then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.

Design Tip: To avoid distorting the shape of the felted ball, make sure your wrapped loop is not excessively tight.
STEP 7
Using the flat-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on a glass leaf drop and gently twist it open (similar to opening a jumpring). Pass the open loop through the loop the earwire, the second glass leaf drop loop and finally the loop formed in Steps 3 - 6. Close the glass leaf loop.

Design Tip: When adding the glass leaf drops to the earring, make sure the ribbed side is facing up.
STEP 8
Repeat Steps 1 - 7 to complete the second earring.

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