Earrings with Glass Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps

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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