Thursday, May 27, 2010

Easy to make Mother's day earrings

Required tools:

Needle nosed pliers
Flat nosed pliers
Crimping pliers

Required materials:

2 - Earring wires
Sterling silver chain
2 - 4 mm beads
2 - 8 mm beads
2 - Headpins (the longest length you can find)

These are simple yet stunning earrings that are easy to make and easy to wear.

How to make the earrings:

Using the needle nosed pliers open up the loop at the bottom of your earring wire. Thread the top link of your chain and close the loop again using the pliers. Cut the chain with your pliers to the exact length that you want your earrings to be. Repeat for the second earring. Lay out the earrings on your beading board.

Take a head pin and thread on the 8 mm bead and then the 4 mm bead. Then, using your flat nose pliers create a bend in the head pin right where the top bead ends, and then using your flat nose pliers make a loop. Watch the video to see exactly how it is done. Then open up the loop that you just made in the headpin and attach to the bottom of the chain and close the loop again. Then start twisting the wire around the base of the loop that you just created. Once you have wrapped the headpin wire around approximately 4 times cut off the remainder of the wire. Clean it up with your crimping pliers.

I made these as a mother's day gift this year and they were a huge hit!

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