Earrings with Czech Pressed Glass Beads and Antiqued Gold Pewter Beads

Inspired by folk traditions in Austria for sweet green pine boughs topped with a bold golden star, these glass and pewter Christmas tree earrings embody the timeless spirit of the season.

STEP 1
String onto a gold-plated headpin:
  • One root beer seed bead
  • Three emerald green glass flower cone beads
  • One 4mm emerald green Swarovski bicone bead
  • One gold-plated pewter star bead, point facing up
Design Tip: It may be necessary to keep the star bead centered on the headpin. Stringing three small glass seed beads onto the headpin, inside the star bead prior to Step 2.
STEP 2
With the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin approximately 1/8 inch above the 6mm star 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.
STEP 3
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 bead cap. Make sure that you have the wrap even and it is tight enough against the seed beads to keep all the beads in place. Using the side-cutting pliers, nip the wire tail and use the chain-nose pliers to tuck the wire in close.
STEP 4
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.
STEP 5
Repeat Steps 1 - 4 to make a second earring.

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