Earrings with Amethyst Gemstone Beads

Eyepins are a great finding. They are a straight length of wire with a machine-made loop on one end. The loop just begs to have something added to it so it's ideal for creating dangles in all types of designs. Eyepins also connect together well when you add a simple loop on the straight end. They can be connected to any length which makes them a very versatile finding. This earring project utilizes eyepins a little differently in that loops are not only added to the end but they are also added along the length. Dangles are then added to these loops to create a fun pair of earrings with a lot of motion. Change the color, the size or even the shape of the beads to create a pair of earrings perfect for any occasion.

STEP 1
Place an amethyst 4mm round bead onto a headpin. Form a simple loop above the bead to create an amethyst bead drop. Repeat to create 24 drops.
STEP 2
Place an amethyst 4mm round bead onto an eyepin. Form a simple loop above the bead to create an amethyst bead link. Repeat to create two links.
STEP 3
Place an amethyst 4mm round bead onto an eyepin. Place a pair of round-nose pliers above the bead and wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers, forming a loop.
Rotate the pliers, then bring the wire around completely so the wire is extending straight, away from the bead.

Using side-cutting pliers, trim the eyepin to 1-1/2 inches past the loop. Using round-nose pliers, form a round loop on the tip of the wire.

Regrip the wire and begin a spiral, layering a second loop on the first so they are next to each other, not on top of each other.
Once you almost have two layers, remove the round-nose pliers. Using flat-nose pliers, grip across the spiral and, with your free hand, press against the straight length of the eyepin, wrapping the wire further around the spiral.

Release the spiral and reposition in the pliers. Press on the straight length to further the spiral along. Continue in this fashion until the spiral reaches the loop below the bead.
Repeat to create two.
STEP 4
Using round-nose pliers, grip the wire above the loop on an eyepin. Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers to form a complete loop, having the wire extending back to its original position (straight).
STEP 5
Repeat Step 4 to create two, 3-loop/3-bead links.
STEP 6
Open the loop on an amethyst bead drop then pass it through the first loop made on a 5-loop/5-bead link created in Step 4.

Repeat to add bead drops to all of the loops made in Step 4, except the figure eight loops.
STEP 7
Open the loop on an amethyst bead drop with the spiral created in Step 3, then pass the open loop through a loop on the figure eight at the bottom of the amethyst beaded link. Close the loop.

Repeat for the second 5-loop/5-bead link.
STEP 8
Repeat Step 6, adding amethyst bead drops to the loops on the 3-loop/3-bead link made in Step 5, including the first loop made in the figure eight.

Open one loop of an amethyst bead link then pass it through the other figure eight loop. Close the loop on the link. Open the loop on an amethyst bead drop and pass it through the other loop on the amethyst bead link.

Close the loop.

Repeat for the second 3-loop/3-bead link.
STEP 9
Using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, open a 10mm jumpring. Place the following onto the jumpring: the top loop of the 5-loop/5-bead link, one sterling silver 4mm round bead and the top loop of the 3-loop/3-bead link.

Close the jumpring.
STEP 10
Open a 6mm jumpring then pass it through the loop of an amethyst bead drop and the loop of an earwire.

Close the loop.

Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to finish the second earring.

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