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Earrings with Swarovski Crystal and Wirework

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Christmas Toy Soldier Earrings

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Get inspired by Swarovski design team's limitless imagination. Magical project ideas bring a new dimension to simple techniques.
STEP 1
Slip on (2) Swarovski beads art. 5601 4mm jet and (2) beads art. 5328 4mm white alabaster onto (1) 18" piece of wire.
STEP 2
Keeping Swarovski beads in center of wire, take one end of wire and weave back through the two beads in white alabaster keeping tension on the wire (Note: wire tails should exit beads in opposite directions).
STEP 3
Add (2) Swarovski beads art. 5328 4mm white alabaster onto one wire tail. Take the opposite wire tail and weave back through the two Swarovski crystal just added (Note: wire tails should exit in opposite directions). Repeat this step once.
STEP 4
Add (1) Swarovski bead art. 5328 dark red coral, (1) bead art. 5328 metallic light gold 2x and (1) bead art. 5328 dark red coral onto one side of the wire. Take the opposite wire and weave back through the Swarovski crystal just added (Note: wire tails should exit beads in opposite directions). Repeat 2 more times using (3) beads art. 5328 4mm dark red coral for each row.
STEP 5
Using wire on right side, make a loop 4mm in diameter. Repeat on left side (Note: the loops should sit at right angles to the body). The loops are used as a socket for the arms.
STEP 6
Slip onto each wire tail (1) Swarovski bead art. 5328 dark red coral (Note: do not pull on the wire, the loop shape must be maintained).
STEP 7
Keeping both wires together slide on (1) Swarovski bead art. 5000 8mm Crystal, (1) 5.5mm rondelle and (1) Swarovski bead art. 5500 9x6mm jet (Note: keeping the point side facing the rondelle).
STEP 8
Keeping both wires together, create a wire wrapped loop.
STEP 9
Create the arms using (1) balled headpin, load on (1) Swarovski bead art. 5328 dark red coral, (1) rondelle 5mm Montana and slide the headpin through the 4mm loop, coming off the shoulder, made in Step 5 (Note: the open end of the headpin should be pointing away from the head of the soldier). Add (3) Swarovski beads art. 5328 dark red coral and (1) bead art. 5328 white alabaster. Keeping the beads tucked next to each other, cut off the remaining wire 5 - 6mm from the last bead. Turn a loop and flatten if desired. Repeat for the other arm.
STEP 10
Slip (1) Swarovski bead art. 5328 dark red coral onto an add-a-bead earwire and turn a loop. Open loop and attach to the wrapped loop on the toy soldier.
STEP 11
Repeat Steps 1 - 10 to make matching pair.

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