Candy Earrings with Silver Foil Glass Beads and Czech Pressed Glass Beads
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by Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead mix, glass with silver foil, mixed colors/patterns, 15x8mm flat round shaped (2 beads)
- Bead, Czech pressed glass, crystal AB, 8.5x6.5mm flower cone (4 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal AB, 3mm bicone (2 beads)
- Headpin, silver-plated brass, 2-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, sterling silver, fishhook with 5.5x2.5mm ball with open loop, 19 gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, chain-nose
Foil glass earrings sweeten the holidays with candy style. Beautiful and quick to make, the simple design is ideal for group beading projects and gift-giving.
String onto one silver-plated headpin, one each of the following beads:
Crystal AB Czech pressed glass flower cone bead, 8.5x6.5mm
Red/green/silver striped silver-foil glass beads, 15mm, flat round
Czech pressed glass flower cone bead, crystal AB, 8.5x6.5mm
Crystal AB Swarovski 3mm bicone bead
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the crystal bicone 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 bent-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 bent-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.
Repeat Steps 1 - 6 to make the second earring.
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