Earrings with Cloisonné Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps

Delightful dangle earrings resembling vintage glass Christmas bulbs are easy to make. Beautiful and inexpensive, this time-saving design is ideal for beading classes, gift-giving and craft fair sales.

STEP 1
String a 4x4mm light Siam Swarovski cube bead onto a gold-plated headpin. Using the chain-nose pliers, grip the wire as close as possible to the cube bead, then bend the wire to form a 90 degree (right) angle.
STEP 2
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut the eyepin to approximately 1/4 inch past the bend.
STEP 3
Grasp the clipped end of the wire with the tip of the round-nose pliers. While pressing the thumbnail of your non-dominant hand into the 90 degree angle of the wire, rotate the pliers away from your body so that the wire is wound around the barrel, forming a complete circle, centered over the bead. If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered.
STEP 4
Using the chain-nose pliers, open the simple loop just created by gently twisting up on the open side of the loop, being careful to maintain the rounded shape of the loop.

Thread the opened loop through the loop of a gold-plated eyepin. Close the loop.
STEP 5
Thread onto the gold-plated eyepin from Step 4:
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 16mm open cloisonné bead
  • 6mm gold-plated basket-style bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
  • Transparent red Matsuno seed bead
STEP 6
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the last bead and make a 90 degree bend in the wire. Rotate the pliers to an upright position, still grasping the wire, and pull the end of the wire around the pliers toward you making a loop. Continue to form the wire around the pliers until you have a full loop. The end of the headpin will be facing away from you.
STEP 7
Keep the round-nose pliers in the loop and, with the chain-nose pliers, grip the end of the wire. Slowly wrap the end of the wire around the headpin starting at the loop and wrapping tightly until you reach the bead, approximately three loops. Make sure that you have the wrap even, and it is tight enough against the beads to keep them all in place.
STEP 8
Using your side-cutting pliers, cut the wire tail and press the end in close with your chain-nose pliers.
STEP 9
Using the chain-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on the earwire and gently twist open. Hang the string of beads on the loop and gently twist the loop closed.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 1 - 9 to make a second earring.

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