Earrings with Glass Beads, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps

Dangle earrings resembling Victorian Christmas bulbs are simple to make. Beautiful and inexpensive, this design is ideal for beading classes, gift-giving and craft fair sales.

STEP 1
String onto one gold-plated headpin:
  • 6mm Indian pink AB Swarovski crystal bicone
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 13mm striped foil glass round bead
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
  • 6mm Indian pink AB Swarovski crystal bicone
  • 3mm Siam AB2X Swarovski crystal bicone
STEP 2
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the crystal bead and make a 90 degree bend in the wire. Rotate the pliers to an upright position, still grasping the wire, and pull the end of the wire around the pliers toward you making a loop. Continue to form the wire around the pliers until you have a full loop. The end of the headpin will be facing away from you.
STEP 3
Keep the round-nose pliers in the loop and, with the flat-nose pliers, grip the end of the wire. Slowly wrap the end of the wire around the headpin starting at the loop and wrapping tightly until you reach the crystal bead, approximately three loops.
STEP 4
Using side-cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
STEP 5
Using the flat-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on the earwire and gently twist open. Hang the string of beads on the loop and gently twist the loop closed.
STEP 6
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to make a second earring.

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