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Elegant pearl earrings

Adorn coin pearls with a smile of tiny beads to add an unexpected touch to a classic look. Tiny silver beads or miniscule pearls both work beautifully.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 10 mm coin pearls ($1–2)
  • 24–30 1 mm beads ($12–15)
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 28-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Supplies from Embellishmentsinc.com, 800.886.0215, and Eclectica, 262.641.0910.
 
INSTRUCTIONS
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Step 1
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Step 2
1. Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of wire. Center enough 1 mm beads to cover half the circumference of a coin pearl.

2. String both ends of the wire through a coin pearl in opposite directions. Tighten the wire.
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Step 3
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Step 4
3. Bringing the ends up so that the pearl is centered on the wire, make a set of wraps above it.

4. Make a wrapped loop, overlapping the wraps from step 3 to add sturdiness to the 28-gauge wire.
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Step 5
5. Open the loop of an earring wire (How-Tos) and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first. 
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