Earrings with Silver Foil Glass Beads, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Bead Caps

Sweet, pixie-tinted foil glass bead earrings, inspired by the North Pole beacon that guides Santa home on Christmas morning, are a quick design that is great for beading classes or holiday craft sales.
STEP 1
String one of each onto one silver-plated headpin:
  • 6mm flower bead cap
  • 8mm Indian pink Swarovski bicone bead
  • 6mm flower bead cap
  • 12mm pierced sterling silver bead cap
  • 15x8mm barrel foil glass bead
  • 12mm pierced sterling silver bead cap
  • 6mm flower bead cap
  • 8mm white opal Swarovski round bead
  • 6mm flower bead cap
STEP 2
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the last bead. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire over the barrel of the pliers to form a 90 degree angle.
STEP 3
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 4
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 5
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 below the loop and working toward the beads, making approximately three tightly wound wraps. Using the side cutting pliers, trim any excess wire then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
STEP 6
Using the flat-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on the earwire and gently twist it open (similar to opening a jumpring). Pass the open loop through the loop formed above the beads. Close the loop.
STEP 7
Repeat Steps 1 - 6 to complete the second earring.

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