Jellyfish earrings

These dangly earrings look great whether on land or on sea

SUPPLIES

  • pair of earrings 3⁄4 x 2 3⁄4 in. (1.9 x 7 cm)
  • 2 half-moon beads (H3135, silver; www.etsy.com/shop/callie6688)
  • 68 8 x 1 mm curved silver tubes (www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 28 5 x 1.5 mm twisted liquid silver tubes (www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 6 ft. (1.8 m) 24-gauge dead soft silver wire or craft wire
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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Photo a
1. Cut an 8-in. (20 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Using roundnose pliers, make a loop approximately 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) wide in the center of the wire. Twist the ends together twice at the base of the loop (PHOTO A).
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Photo b

2. With the curved side of the half-moon bead pointing toward the twisted loop, string one wire end through the bead, and cross the other end through to exit the other side. Using chainnose pliers, pull gently to tighten each end, centering the twisted loop slightly above the half-moon bead (PHOTO B).

3. With chainnose pliers, bend one of the wires to the back of the half-moon bead. Trim the wire 2–3 mm from the bead hole, and press the end close to the bead.

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Photo c

4. Cut 11 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) pieces of wire. With roundnose pliers, make a tiny loop on one end of each wire, and use chainnose pliers to pinch each loop closed.

5. String an 8 x 1 mm curved tube on one of the wires. Grasp the wire with chainnose pliers or your fingers, and pull the curved tube down to the loop. The wire will curve as you pull the tube down; don’t straighten it out. String another curved tube, and slide it down to the first one, twisting the wire so that the new tube curves in the opposite direction. String one more curved tube so that it curves opposite the previous tube (PHOTO C).

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Photo d

6. With your fingers, straighten the remaining end of the wire. Trim the wire to 5⁄8 in. (1.6 cm). Using roundnose pliers, make a double loop at the end of the wire (PHOTO D). Set aside.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining wires as follows, keeping the completed wires in order:

Wire 2: String five curved tubes.
Wire 3: String three curved tubes.
Wire 4: String four curved tubes.
Wire 5: String six 5 x 1.5 mm twisted liquid silver tubes.
Wire 6: String four curved tubes.
Wire 7: String eight twisted tubes.
Wire 8: String four curved tubes.
Wire 9: String three curved tubes.
Wire 10: String five curved tubes.
Wire 11: String three curved tubes.

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Photo e

8. With the tip of the roundnose pliers, make a bend in the wire exiting the half-moon bead so that the wire is positioned across the bottom edge of the bead (PHOTO E). String the double loop of each beaded wire in order, making sure the loop is pointing toward the back of the earring (in PHOTO F, the back of the earring is shown).

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photo f
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photo g

9. Using chainnose and roundnose pliers, string the wire through the half-moon bead, making a bend in the wire to match the other side and pulling it tight (in PHOTO G, the front of the earring is shown). Bring the wire to the back of the half-moon bead, and trim as before.

10. Open the loop of an earring finding, and attach the top loop of the earring. 

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make another earring, but switch the positions of wires 5 and 7 to make the earrings a mirror image of each other.

 

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