Earrings with Cloisonné Beads and Gold-Plated Bead Caps

Delightful dangle earrings resembling vintage glass Christmas bulbs are easy to make. Beautiful and inexpensive, this time-saving design is ideal for beading classes, group gift-giving and quick holiday sales.

String onto one gold-plated headpin:
  • 2mm gold-plated brass square round
  • 7-9mm gold-plated basket-style bead cap
  • 12mm green cloisonné bead
  • 9-11mm gold-plated basket-style bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap
  • 6mm gold-plated flower bead cap, inverted
  • Lime-fuchsia triangle seed bead
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the last bead cap 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, approximately two to three wraps. Make sure you have the wrap even and it is tight enough against the beads to keep them all in place.
Using your 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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