Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Acrylic Beads
Contemporary holly berry earrings add a sparkling pop of Christmas color to the holidays. Easy-to-follow instructions are great for group projects and reselling. Try different colors and shapes to create an entire line.
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by Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, Siam, 8mm round (2 beads)
- Bead, acrylic, green, 20mm faceted round (2 beads)
- Earwire, gold-plated brass, fishhook with 2.4mm ball, 20 gauge (2 earwires)
- Crimp, gold-plated, 2x1.5mm round (6 crimp beads)
- Crimp cover, gold-plated brass, 4mm (6 crimp covers)
- Beading wire, Accu-Flex®, Dijon gold, 49 strand, .024-inch
- Pliers, crimping
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
Using a ruler and side-cutting pliers, measure and cut one 5-inch strand of dijon gold Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. Thread the beading wire strand through the loop of one gold-plated earwire. Fold the beading wire in half so that one end is 1-1/2 inches long and the other end is 3-1/2 inches long.
Thread one 2mm gold-plated crimp bead over both ends of the beading wire and slide it toward the earwire so that it's close to, but not touching, the earwire loop. Using your crimping pliers, crimp down the crimp bead.
Thread onto the short end of the beading wire, one 8mm Siam Swarovski crystal round bead and a 2mm gold-plated crimp bead. Using your crimping pliers, crimp down the crimp bead at the very end of the strand, leaving the crystal bead to move freely.
Thread onto the long end of the beading wire, one 20mm green acrylic bead and a 2mm gold-plated crimp bead. Using your crimping pliers, crimp down the crimp bead at the very end of the strand, leaving the acrylic bead to move freely.
Slip a 4mm gold-plated crimp cover over the crimp bead on the end of the longest beading wire. Using the front section of the crimping pliers, and while holding the beading wire steady, gently squeeze the crimp cover over the crimped bead, being careful not to flatten the crimp cover. Repeat Step 5 for the other two crimped beads on the earring.
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to make the second earring.
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