Fire-Polished Earrings


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These colorful and quick-to make earrings are surefire compliment catchers. Materials 2 light blue 6mm Czech pressed-glass rondelles 4 dark blue 6mm Czech fire-polished rounds 4 medium blue 6mm Czech fire-polished rounds 2 light blue 8mm Czech fire-polished rounds 6 dark blue 12mm leaves with wire eyes 6 sterling silver 2mm spacers 4″ of sterling silver chain 3″ of 20-gauge sterling silver wire 2 sterling silver head pins 2 sterling silver 6mm jump rings 2 sterling silver earring posts Tools Needle-nose pliers Wire cutters Technique Wireworking Finished Size 13⁄4 × 11⁄4″ Step 1: Form a simple loop at one end of 11⁄2″ of wire. String 1 medium blue 6mm, 1 leaf, 1 dark blue 6mm, 1 leaf, 1 dark blue 6mm, 1 leaf, and 1 medium blue 6mm. Bend the wire into a shallow U-shape. Trim the wire to 1⁄4″ then form a simple loop to secure the beads (Figure 1). Repeat for the second earring. Step 2: Cut four 1″ pieces of chain. Attach one end to each loop by opening, then closing the loops (Figure 2). Step 3: Use a head pin to string 1 spacer, 1 light blue 8mm, 1 spacer, 1 rondelle, and 1 spacer. Trim the pin to 1⁄4″ then form a simple loop. Repeat for the second earring. Step 4: Open the jump ring to string the end of a chain, a head pin from Step 3, the end of the second chain, and an earring post (Figure 3). Close the jump ring. Repeat for the second earring.
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Alexis Rossi has been making beaded jewelry for nineteen years. You can see more of her work at www.alexisrossijewelry.com.

 

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