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October birthstone: Opal earrings

No, they're not real opals, but tumbled glass has a beautiful translucent sheen; its near-opalescence makes it a good option for October earrings. The pendants are affordable and available in a range of colors, so you’ll have lots of seasonal choices. 

SUPPLIES

Earrings

  • 2 46 mm marquise-shaped tumbled glass pendants
  • 10 8–18 mm tumbled glass chips
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer and bench block
  • metal file or emery board
  • pen barrel

Supplies from Eclectica, www.eclecticabeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

October Opal earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of wire. Using the largest part of your roundnose pliers, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a pendant and complete the wraps.
October Opal earrings 2
Step 2
String five chips and a bicone crystal. Make a right-angle bend parallel to the loop.
October Opal earrings 3
Step 3
Curve the wire around a pen barrel. Trim the excess wire and curve the end upward. File the end.
October Opal earrings 4
Step 4
On a bench block, gently hammer the curve of the wire.
Tip!
I used bicone crystals in the color chrysolite opal, but other crystals — like violet opal or air blue opal — are good choices depending on what shade of glass you use.
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