Earrings with Sundial Shell Beads
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Natural, delicate sundial shells are lightweight and perfect for earrings. The large focal shell, long earwires and simple dangles give them a dynamic vertical line and nice movement.
-- Designer --
Esther, Lead Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, sundial shell, 22x21.5x11mm-29x25x10mm round
- Bead, mother-of-pearl, 5.5-6mm round
- Eyepin, sterling silver, 2-1/2 inch, 21 gauge
- Headpin, sterling silver, 1-inch, 22 gauge
- Earring, sterling silver, 42mm curved tube hoop with 1.5mm ball
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutters
Slide a mother-of-pearl bead on a headpin; form a loop above bead. Trim excess wire.
Gently bend an eye pin into a curve; insert pin through one hole on a sundial shell, allowing it to curve around inside of shell and emerge from other hole. It may take more than one try to get the pin shaped to the right curve so it pops out of the shell.
Pull wire through opposite hole of shell; form a wrapped loop, attaching loop to drop on earwire before wrapping. Trim excess wire.
Open bottom loop below shell; slide on mother-of-pearl dangle. Close loop.
Repeat Steps 1 - 4 for a second earring, making sure shells hang opposite of one another, one with open end at top and the other at the bottom.
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