Earrings with Glass Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps
Holiday Cat Earrings
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, glass, red, 15x14x14mm cat with silver foil (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, erinite, 4mm bicone (2 beads)
- Bead cap, gold-color, 6mm flower (4 bead caps)
- Bead cap, gold-plated brass, basket, fits 7-9mm beads (2 bead caps)
- Headpin, gold-plated brass, 1-1/2 inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, gold-plated stainless steel, fishhook with 9.6x3.5mm ball, 21 gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
Playful dangle earrings with lampworked glass cat beads are delightfully easy to make. Charming and inexpensive, this timesaving design is ideal for beading classes, gift-giving and craft fair sales.
String onto one gold-plated headpin:
6mm gold-color flower bead cap
Lampworked glass cat bead
Large gold-plated basket-style bead cap
6mm gold color flower bead cap, inverted
4mm erinite Swarovski crystal bicone bead
Using the chain-nose pliers, grip the wire as close as possible to the bicone bead, then bend the wire to form a 90 degree (right) angle.
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut the eyepin to approximately 1/4 inch past the bend.
Grasp the clipped end of the wire with the tip of the round-nose pliers. While pressing the thumbnail of your non-dominant hand into the 90 degree angle of the wire, rotate the pliers away from your body so that the wire is wound around the barrel, forming a complete circle centered over the bead. If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered.
Using the chain-nose pliers, open the loop of a gold-plated earwire by gently twisting up on the open side of the loop, being careful to maintain the rounded shape of the loop.
Thread the opened loop through the beaded simple loop. Using the chain-nose pliers, close the earwire loop.
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to make a second earring.
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