Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Beads
I Have a Little Dreidel
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal AB, 4mm round (2 beads)
- Bead, sterling silver, 4x1mm beaded rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, sterling silver, 5x1.5mm flat beaded rondelle (12 beads)
- Bead, sterling silver, 8x5mm coil round (2 beads)
- Bead, sterling silver, smooth finish, 10mm cube (2 beads)
- Earwire, sterling silver, fishhook with 10.5x7mm flower with open loop, 19 gauge (2 earwires)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2.5mm, 5mm hex cone, 20 gauge (2 headpins)
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. These sterling silver dreidel-inspired earrings are a great holiday jewelry project to make and share with others.
String the following onto one sterling silver ball headpin:
One 8mm beaded cone bead cap
One 10x10mm smooth sterling silver cube
One 8mm antiqued sterling silver bead cap
Five sterling silver 5x1.5mm rondelles
One sterling silver coil 8x5mm round bead
One 4mm crystal clear ab round
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the last 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.
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.
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.
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. Using the side-cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
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 and gently bend it upward so that it is hidden behind the flower on the earwire.
Repeat Steps 1 - 6 to make the second earring.
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