Earrings with Swarovski Crystal
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal silver shade, 17x9mm double-drilled keystone, 10mm between holes (10 beads)
- Earring, sterling silver, 40mm round hoop with endless-loop closure (2 hoops)
- Wire, sterling silver, dead-soft, round, 26 gauge
- Pliers, flush-cutter
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
Using flush-cutters, cut two 30-inch lengths of sterling silver 26-gauge round wire.
Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters, wrap the straight end of a 30-inch length of wire three to four wraps around the earring hoop a 1/2 inch from the hinge to secure the wire to the earring.
String one 17x9mm keystone crystal silver shade bead (widest end) onto the earring hoop. Position the bead next to the wrapped wire. Loop the wire around the outside of the keystone crystal bead. Wrap the wire around the earring hoop three times to secure the bead in place. Continue to attach five 17x9mm keystone crystal silver shade beads to the earring hoop with three wire wraps between each bead. Wrap the wire around the earring hoop after the last 17x9mm keystone crystal silver shade bead five to six times to secure the wire in place.
Pass the wire back over the back of the last 17x9mm keystone crystal silver shade bead in the reverse direction, then wrap the wire back over the earring hoop for three wraps. Continue to wrap the wire over the back of the 17x9mm keystone crystal silver shade beads with three wraps around the earring hoop between each bead until the wire is back on the opposite side of the earring hoop. Wrap the wire around the earring hoop three to four times to secure it in place.
Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to create the second earring.
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