Earrings with Glass Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps

Delightful dangle earrings reminiscent of nostalgic Christmas candy are simple and fun to make. Beautiful and inexpensive, this economical design is ideal for beading classes, gift-giving and craft fair sales.

String onto one gold-plated headpin:
  • Gold-plated basket-style bead cap
  • 14x13mm green striped rectangle foil glass bead
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
  • Red lampworked glass rondelle bead
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the last 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 chain-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 bead, making approximately three loops. Make sure you have the wrap even and it is tight enough against the beads to keep them all in place.
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut the wire tail. Press the end in with chain-nose pliers.
Using the chain-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 - 5 to make a second earring.

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