Earrings with Malaysia ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Sterling Silver Beads and Bead Caps
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Malaysia ''Jade,'' green, 4mm round (2 beads)
- Bead, Malaysia ''jade,'' red, 8mm round (2 beads)
- Bead, sterling silver, 4x1mm beaded rondelle
- Headpin, silver-plated brass, 2-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, silver-plated brass, 17mm flattened fishhook with 6x2mm coil, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
- Bead cap, sterling silver, for 6-7mm beads (2 bead caps)
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
Holiday-colored Malaysia ''jade'' earrings shine bright with antiqued sterling silver bead caps. Great for beading classes and craft fair reselling opportunities.
String one of each onto one silver-plated headpin:
8mm round red Malaysia ''jade'' bead
7mm antiqued sterling silver bead cap
4mm sterling silver rondelle
4mm round green Malaysia ''jade'' bead
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the last bead. 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 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 complete the second earring.
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