Earrings with Cultured Freshwater Pearls

An outstanding way to use up the extra pearls in your beadbox!
STEP 1
String a pearl on a ball-tip head pin. Cut off all but 3/8 inch of wire above the pearl and turn a loop in the remaining wire. To turn a loop, use chain-nose pliers to bend the wire right above the bead at a right angle. Grasp the tip of the wire in the round-nose pliers about 1/8 inch from the tip of the pliers and roll the pliers over, pressing down slightly to preserve the right-angle bend. Reposition the pliers as needed for a comfortable grip and continue rolling until the loop is closed. It should be round and centered above the bead.
STEP 2
Make 14 pearl dangles for each earring--28 dangles in all.
STEP 3
Open each of the loops by bending the end of the wire out of the loop's plane. Grasp the wire end in chain-nose pliers and push or pull it down or up slightly to open a space in the loop.
STEP 4
Attach a pearl dangle to the first loop on one of the hoop earring findings. Close the loop on the dangle by pushing or pulling the end of the wire back into the plane of the loop. Hang a second dangle on the same earring loop. Repeat, hanging 2 dangles on each earring loop.

Repeat Steps 1 - 4 to create second earring.

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