Earrings with Glass Penguin Charms
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Charm, glass with silver-plated brass, light blue, 25x14mm penguin with red Santa hat (2 charms)
- Bead, Celestial Crystal, red AB, 10x8mm teardrop (2 beads)
- Eyepin, silver-plated, 1-1/2 inch, 24 gauge (2 eyepins)
- Earwire, silver-plated brass, flat fishhook with open loop, 21gauge (2 earwires)
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, side-cutting
Adorable blue Christmas penguin charm earrings make a playful holiday statement. Quick and simple design is great for large classes and reselling.
Slide a red AB Celestial Crystal teardrop bead onto a silver-plated eyepin. Using the chain-nose pliers, grip the wire as close as possible to the teardrop bead, then bend the wire to form a 90 degree (right) angle.
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut the eyepin to approximately 1/4 inch past the bend.
Grasp the clipped end of the wire with the tip of the round-nose pliers. While pressing the thumbnail of your non-dominant hand into the 90 degree angle of the wire, rotate the pliers away from your body so that the wire is wound around the barrel, forming a complete circle, centered over the beads. If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered.
Using the chain-nose pliers, open the simple loop by gently twisting up on the open side of the loop, being careful to maintain the rounded shape of the loop.
Thread the opened loop through the loop of the penguin charm. Close the loop on the eyepin.
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 earwire loop.
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to complete the second earring.
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