Beading / Jewelry

Gold Heart Earrings

for  Nunn Design

size: 1-3/4"x1/2"

  • Gold Heart Earrings
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Materials

  • Nunn Design: Antique Gold Ear Wires, two; Antique Gold Headpins, 2”, eight; Antique Gold Coral Beadcap, 9mm, four; Antique Gold Petal Beadcap, 6mm, two; Antique Gold Elongated Heart Charm, two; Garnet Chaton Birthstones; Dark Brown Crystal Clay
  • Ruby faceted glass beads, 3mm, six

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Beeswax toothpick
  • 1. Make (1:1) mixture of hardener + dark brown color from Crystal Clay. Knead together until clay is consistent color.

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  • 2. Pinch off tiny amount of mixed clay for later use. Roll remaining clay into two equal-sized balls. Press one ball into base of one coral beadcap with 1/2 of clay ball exposed. Press second coral beadcap over clay; push beadcaps together. Repeat with remaining clay and coral beadcaps.

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  • 3. Press through center of two pressed beadcaps with head pin to allow channel through center once clay hardens. Repeat with second set of beadcaps.

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  • 4. Adhere beadcap petal to center of elongated hearts using clay set aside in Step 2. Press beadcap into clay. Repeat with second set.

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  • 5. Apply small amount of clay inside of petal beadcap and embed. Pick up individual Garnet Chatons and gently press into clay using beeswax toothpick. Repeat with second elongated heart. Allow all pieces to cure 12-24 hours before assembling earrings.

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  • 6. Trim off head of headpin using wire cutters. Make large loop on one end of headpin using needle-nose pliers. Repeat with second headpin.

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  • 7. Thread headpin through coral bead made in Step 2. Repeat with second coral bead.

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  • 8. Make loop on bottom half of headpin with needle-nose pliers. Attach elongated heart charm before closing loop. Repeat with second elongated heart.

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  • 9. Thread three headpins through three ruby beads. Cut each headpin approximately 1/4" from bead base using wire cutters. Repeat with second set of beads.

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  • 10. Make loop on each ruby beaded headpin using needle-nose pliers. Attach beads and ear wire to large loop of coral bead made in Step 8. Repeat with second set.

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