Blooming Garden Earrings
size: 1-3/4” long
- Magenta Lucite flower beads, 12mmx14mm, two
- Gold-plated flower bead caps: 4mmx6mm, two; 4mmx12mm, two
- Crystal bicone beads: light yellow, 4mm, four; peach, 4mm, two; green, 5mm, two
- Gold-plated round metal beads, 2mm, two
- Gold-colored glass seed beads, 15/0, 22
- Gold-plated findings: ball headpins, 6; eye pins, two; earring wires, two
- Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
- Wire cutters
- 1. Slide yellow bicone onto headpin, followed by four seed beads. See Photo 1. Using round-nose pliers, bend 90º turn in wire. See Photo 2. Reposition round-nose pliers to grip wire just beyond 90º turn. Using your fingers, pull wire tail around pliers to form complete loop. See Photo 3. Trim wire end with wire cutters, keeping flat side facing project. Repeat to make one more yellow stamen. (see photos)
- 2. Using technique from Step 1, make peach stamen with one peach bicone and three seed beads.
- 3. Open loop in eye pin using round-nose and chain-nose pliers. Grip sides of loop with pliers; pull one side toward you while pushing other side away, like opening a gate. (Note: This keeps loop round.)
- 4. Slide stamen components onto open loop. See Photos 4 and 5. Close loop with both sets of pliers. See Photo 6. (see photos)
- 5. Slide flower bead onto eye pin, open side down, pulling stamens inside flower and hiding eye pin loop.
- 6. Slide large bead cap onto eye pin, facing down over flower. Slide small bead cap onto eye pin, facing up. Slide green bicone and round bead onto eye pin.
- 7. Form loop at end of eye pin as in Step 1.
- 8. Open earring wire loop using chain-nose pliers, slide on bead component, then close loop.
- 9. Repeat process to make other earring.
- 1. Take headpins to the bead store or borrow one when you get there. Test beads to make sure they are drilled all the way through. Test bead cap size by sliding cap over bead on headpin to see if they fit snugly.
by Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil