Pair crystals and sterling-silver chain for a lovely earring set by Anna Elizabeth Draeger Adorable heart-link chain was the inspiration for these light-hearted holiday adornments. materials earrings • Swarovski crystals 2 6mm rondelles 14 4mm bicones 4 4mm rounds • 10 in. (25cm) 22-gauge silver wire • 10 in. (25cm) heart-link chain, 23 links per earring • 2 1-in. (2.5cm) 22-gauge head pins • 4 4–6mm jump rings • pair of earring findings • chainnose pliers • roundnose pliers • wire cutters Cut the chain into single heart links, and use the pieces as cute, little charms to dangle from the earrings. stepbystep  Cut the heart-link chain in half, making sure each half has 31 links. Cut each half into two five-link segments, three three-link segments, and four single hearts.  On one end of the wire, make a plain loop (Basics).String a 4mm bicone crystal and make a plain loop. Repeat to make a second small-bead unit. Repeat to make two medium-bead units, stringing a 4mm round crystal and a bicone. Repeat to make a largebead unit, stringing a bicone, a 6mm rondelle, and a bicone (photo a).  Open the loop of the round-bead end of a mediumbead unit, and attach a single heart. Close the loop. Repeat with the matching unit and the two small-bead units (photo b).  String a bicone on a head pin, and make a plain loop. Open the loop and attach a three-link chain (photo c). Close the loop.  Open a jump ring (Basics) and attach the two five-link chains. Close the jump ring (photo d).  Open a loop of the largebead unit. Attach a three-link chain, a medium-bead unit, and the remaining end link of a five-link chain. Close the loop. Repeat on the other side of the large-bead unit (photo e).  Open a jump ring, and attach the remaining end links of the three-link chains, a small-bead unit, the dangle, and the remaining small-bead unit. Close the jump ring (photo f).  Open the loop of an earring finding. Attach the top jump ring of the earring, and close the loop.  Repeat steps 2–8 to make a second earring to match the first.
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