Angel Wing Earrings with "Pewter" Beads, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Czech Glass Beads
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, pewter, white, 20x9mm angel wings (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 5x2mm dotted rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal and silver-plated brass, crystal AB, 4mm rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light Colorado topaz AB, 6mm bicone (2 beads)
- Bead, Czech pressed glass, honey, 8.5x6.5mm flower cone (2 beads)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, sterling silver, flattened fishhook with 8x3mm ball and coil with open loop, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
Feathery enameled pewter wing beads give angelic flair to a classic angel design. The dangle earrings are great to give as gifts, resell or show off your Christmas spirit.
String onto one headpin:
Czech pressed glass flower bead, 8.5x6.5mm
Rondelle bead with Swarovski crystal AB
Enameled pewter angel wing bead
Swarovski light Colorado topaz AB 6mm bicone bead
Pewter rondelle bead, 5mm
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the last bead. With your free hand, bend 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 chain-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 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 an 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 complete the second earring.
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