Earrings with Glass Tree Beads
-- Designer --
Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, glass, green/red/white/brown, 20x18-23x20mm Christmas tree (2 beads)
- Bead, vermeil, 5x3mm rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued gold pewter, 6x6mm star (2 beads)
- Seed bead, Delica, glass, silver-lined gold, #11 round (38 beads)
- Earwire, gold-plated brass, fishhook with 2.4mm ball, 20 gauge (2 earwires)
- Headpin, gold-plated, 2-inch, 24 gauge (2 headpins)
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
Based on the heartwarming German Christmas carol, O Tannenbaum, lampworked glass Christmas tree beads make charming earrings for a spirited accessory this holiday season.
String onto one gold-plated headpin, a vermeil rondelle bead and a green glass Christmas tree bead. Thread 19 gold Delica® seed beads onto the headpin and slide them down into the center of the green glass Christmas tree bead. The seed beads will fill the bead hole around the headpin to offer the Christmas tree bead stability.
String on an antiqued gold pewter star bead so that it covers the remaining exposed seed beads.
Note: The seed bead number is approximate. It may be necessary to adjust this number depending on the size of the green glass Christmas tree.
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the seed bead that is flush with the top of the antiqued gold pewter star bead. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire over the barrel of the pliers, to form a 90 degree angle.
Place the pliers into the angled section, vertically, so one barrel is above and one is below the wire. Bring the wire up and over the top barrel of the pliers so it is now facing down at an angle.
Reposition the pliers so they are horizontal again, with one barrel in the loop and one out and to the right. With chain-nose pliers, or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending below the loop you just created.
Grip across the loop with a pair of bent-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with flat-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire, starting from below the loop and working toward the beads, making approximately three tightly-wound wraps. Using the side-cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
Using the flat-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on the earwire and gently twist it open (similar to opening a jumpring). Pass the open loop through the loop formed above the beads. Close the loop.
Repeat Steps 1 - 6 to complete the second earring.
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