Earrings with Glass Beads and Gold-Plated Perforated Discs and Bead Caps
Light My Way
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
To learn more about Jamie Smedley, read her jewelry artist success story here
- Seed bead, glass, lime color-lined copper, #5 triangle (2 beads)
- Bead cap, gold-plated brass, 6x1.5mm flower with cutouts, fits 6-8mm bead (2 bead caps)
- Bead cap, gold-plated, swirl, 10mm (2 bead caps)
- Bead mix, glass, translucent clear, 7x4mm-21x11mm mixed shapes (2 beads)
- Finding, gold-plated brass, 13mm perforated disc (2 findings)
- Headpin, gold-plated brass, 2-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, gold-plated stainless steel, fishhook with 9.6x3.5mm ball, 21 gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
A charming pair of vintage-inspired candlestick earrings pull together unexpected products to make a simple and inexpensive design that is great for beading classes, gift-giving and quick craft fair sales.
String onto one gold-plated headpin:
6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
13mm gold-plated perforated disc (thread the headpin through the center disc hole)
10mm gold-plated swirl bead cap
Clear glass round tube bead
Copper-lined lime triangle seed bead
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the triangle 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.
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 glass bead. Make sure you have the wrap even and it is gently snug against the beads to keep them all in place.
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.
Repeat Steps 1 - 4 to make a second earring.
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