Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!
In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings.
- How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a a wire wrapped loop on a headpin with a bead),
- How to open and close jump rings and
- How to put it together to make a beautiful pair of earrings.
Here’s today’s video episode:
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
These are the step-by-step photo instructions of the same tutorials that’s in the video.
Materials and Tools:
- Gemstone chip beads (You’ll need about 16, depending on long you want to make your earrings) I used Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads
- Headpins – 1 for each bead (use pre-made from the store or learn how to make spiral and knotted headpins here)
- Jump rings – any size will work, 1 for each bead (I used 7mm)
- Earring Wires (learn how to make your own earring wires here)
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers
For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.
First we will make a bunch of bead dangles. I used 8 bead dangles on each earring for a total of 16. You may want to adjust the number of bead dangles to make your earrings longer or shorter.
First slide a bead onto a headpin.
Hold the headpin in round nose pliers about 1/4″ above the bead. Line up the wire vertically with the mark you make on your round nose pliers to make your loops uniform. (See quick tip here for more about that.)
Note: these beads are different shapes and sizes and this can be kind of awkward. Just do your best.
Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers to form a loop.
The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.
Wrap around 2 more times.
Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. (Use the back of most wire cutters toward what you’re cutting to make a nice straight cut.)
Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out. (Tucking in the wire tip.)
Repeat to make 16 bead dangles.
Open up 16 jump rings. You’ll need 8 for each earring.
For how to open a jump ring, click here for a quick video or see the episode video above.
If you have any gemstone chip bead dangles that are larger than the rest, start with that one. Place the bead dangle on a jump ring and close it.
Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.
Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.
Continue the process of adding an open jump ring and a bead dangle to the last jump ring you closed until you add all 8 bead dangles.
For the last one, allow the bead to go to the side and use that jump ring to attach to the earring wire.
Hints: As you’re adding bead dangles take note of which side they fall on. You could end up with all of the bead dangles on one side if you’re not careful. Just make sure to check before adding the next jump ring.
I like to use a headpin or a piece of wire to hold the last jump ring because otherwise it can get confusing.
Open an earring wire. It’s similar to opening a jump ring.
Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.
Repeat all the steps for the second earring!
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