Angel Wing Earrings with Antiqued Pewter Beads and Celestial Crystal® Beads
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light peach, 4mm round (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal and silver-plated brass, crystal AB, 4mm rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued pewter (tin-based alloy), 20x9mm double-sided angel wings (2 beads)
- Bead cap, antiqued pewter (tin-based alloy), 11x6mm round with rope edge, fits 10-12mm bead (2 beads)
- Headpin, silver-plated brass, 2-1/2 inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, sterling silver, 18mm flat fishhook with ball and coil with open loop, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
Bead, Celestial Crystal, glass, 56-facet, clear AB, 12x8mm faceted teardrop (2 beads)
Let your fancy take flight during the Christmas season with classical angel dangles that are great to give as gifts, resell or show off your Christmas spirit.
String onto one silver-plated headpin:
Clear AB Celestial Crystal teardrop bead, 10x8mm
Antiqued pewter bead cap, 11x6mm
Antiqued pewter angel wing bead
Peach Swarovski crystal clear bead, 4mm round
Silver-plated crystal Swarovski crystal rondelle bead
Seed Bead, rainbow clear, size 11
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the seed 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 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 chain-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 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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