Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Aluminum Beads

The Little Drummer Boy, a favorite Christmas story, is brought to life with metallic drum-inspired earrings in colorful aluminum beads and sparkling Swarovski crystal beads. A simple holiday design that is great for gift-giving and jewelry-making classes.

STEP 1
String one of each onto one silver-plated headpin:
  • 4mm emerald AB Swarovski bicone bead
  • 6mm ribbed bead cap
  • 10mm open flower bead cap
  • Blue aluminum cylinder bead
  • 10mm open flower bead cap
  • 6mm ribbed bead cap
  • 4mm emerald AB Swarovski bicone bead
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 bent-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 bent-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. 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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