Unlike me, my sister is the typical 21-year old party girl. While I will be chilling with my dogs and maybe a friend or two on New Years Eve, she will be hitting the bars, no doubt. With that in mind, I made Ali a pair of earrings for Christmas that are just perfect for a New Years Eve party.
Supplies for one SET:
– two small black beads
– two small gold beads
– four large black beads (3/8 inch)
– two large gold beads (1/2 inch?)
– four medium gold beads (1/4 inch)
– two medium black beads (1/4 inch)
– chain (mine is a very dark brownish black)
– wire (mine is a very dark brownish black)
You can see the number of links per bead in the picture here. The largest gold bead hung at 9 links, while the smallest black used only 3 links. Depending on the type of chain you use, the number of links will vary. I found it helpful to leave each chain a little longer for the first earrings and cut it down as I played with how each bead would lie in the clump. Then, for the second earrings, I cut the chain at the exact number of links.
From this point on, it’s pretty simple. Create the head pin with the wire by wrapping it around the round-nosed pliers. String the bead on the wire, and then create a loop and string the chain on BEFORE closing the loop:
String the chains on your ear wire — I used the order I listed the beads in above. I found it fell nicely that way, but you might want to reorder the beads based on your beads and chain. And there ya go!
- thin wire (28-32 gauge)
- thicker wire (18-20 gauge)
1. Cut your stringing wire triple the length you would like your bracelet (or lengthen it for a necklace). I measured mine to about 18 inches – that left me with plenty on each end to wrap/tie it off and also to adjust for breaks in the wire if necessary.
2. Begin stringing your beads on. Move your center bead to the center of the wire, and then take one end and string it back through the bead. Now, the bead is held in place. Work your way out to the end of each strand (or however long you want it), continuing to string the beads on the wire. You may choose to leave some beads mobile between the beads you have held in place to mix it up.
3. Repeat these steps to create at least two more strands.
4. To create the clasp, wrap your 20 gauge wire around the tip of your round-nose pliers.Straighten out one wire and then wrap the second around the first wire. Snip off the end. With the longer end, shape the wire into two small wings. These will be the clasp bars that fit into the circle on the other end.
5. To make the hoop for the clasp,wrap your piece of wire around a pencil (or something similar in size). Again, wrap one wire around the other to close the hoop.
6. Twist the ends of the wire together. Wrap them around the clasp and tie. Then, twist your three strands together at strategic points to create the jumbled effect. Be careful you don’t twist too much — sometimes the wire can break if overworked. A simple once-around twist will do the job. Then, twist the remaining end around the clasp.
Congrats! You’ve just created your own bracelet!
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