Would you like to learn how to make a pair? Read on!
You Will Need
Beads (you choose the color)
Metal Loops (IDK what these are actually called but you'll see what I mean)
Here is the necklace...
I wanted to reuse all of those beautiful beads so I just snipped it with a pair of these...
...and then I started my project.
Straiten/flatten the loop on your earring hook so that you can remove the existing bead(s) and add one of your "new" beads.
Using the flat part of your pliers, bend the wire backwards and then, using the round part of your pliers, recreate a loop at the base of the earring hook.
Take the metal loop and link it to the earring loop (you will have to open it slightly and then clamp it back together so that there is no space/gap. If you leave a space/gap then your link will easily break causing your earrings to fall apart).
String colorful beads of your choice onto the beading wire (this may look thick but it actually very thin and very flexible and easy to work with). I used 5 beads for the inner loop and 9 beads for the outer loop (depending on the size of beads that you are using you may want to use more or less).
Note: You can find beading wire at most craft stores and sometimes at Wal-Mart.
Take your crimp bead and string all (4) of the wire ends through it.
Note: You can find crimp beads at most craft stores and sometimes at Wal-Mart.
Now string all (4) of the wire ends through the metal loop, bend them around the loop and back through the crimp bead.
Tip: When stringing them through the crimp bead for the second time, it helps to push each wire through separately rather than all at once...it's a bit of a tight fit.
Using the flat part of your pliers, squeeze the crimp bead flat over all the wires.
Cut off all of the loose ends as close to the crimp bead as possible.
Tip: I have found that you can get a closer cut with a sharp pair of scissors than the wire cutter on the pliers.
I just love the way they turned out and will be wearing them all Spring and Summer! I am planning to use the leftover beads to make a matching, double strand bracelet.
Don't you think these would make a fabulous gift?
Happy jewelery making!