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Coin-pearl earrings

Cash in on this season’s fashion currency

When you take stock of your earring collection, make sure you have some dressy ones for special occasions. These two designs fit the bill nicely, highlighting coin pearls with a cluster of metallic beads or a sweep of chain. 

Double-pearl earrings

  • 4 10–12mm coin pearls
  • 32 3mm spacers
  • 38 in. (.97m) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) head pins
  • 4 4–5mm jump rings
  • pair of earring posts with ear nuts
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Pearl-and-chain earrings

  • 2 10–12mm coin pearls
  • 2 briolettes, approximately 6 x 10mm
  • 4 briolettes, approximately 5 x 8mm
  • 4 4mm round spacers
  • 21 in. (53cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 3–4 in. (7.6–10cm) chain, 2mm links
  • 8–10 3–4mm jump rings
  • pair of earring posts with ear nuts
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Double-pearl earrings
Coinpearl earrings 1
Step 1
Using chainnose pliers, bend the tip of a piece of 24-gauge wire back against itself. Trim the wire 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) from the end. Make 16 decorative wires.
Coinpearl earrings 2
Step 2
String a spacer on a decorative wire. Make a plain loop. Repeat with the remaining wires.
Coinpearl earrings 3
Step 3
On a head pin, string a coin pearl. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
Coinpearl earrings 4
Step 4
Attach eight spacer units to the loop. Complete the wraps.
Coinpearl earrings 5
Step 5
Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire. Make a 2mm wrapped loop on one end. String a coin pearl and make the first half of a 3–4mm wrapped loop.
Coinpearl earrings 6
Step 6
Attach eight spacer units to the 3–4mm loop. Complete the wraps.
Coinpearl earrings 7
Step 7
Open a jump ring. Attach the first bead unit’s wrapped loop and the second bead unit’s 2mm loop. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach the dangle and the loop of an earring post. Make a second earring to match the first.
Coinpearl earrings pair 1
Editor's Tip
Try substituting 32 decorative head pins for 32 in. (81cm) of 24-gauge wire in the double-pearl earrings. 
Pearl-and-chain earrings
Coinpearl earrings e1
Step 1
Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Make a plain loop. String a spacer, a coin pearl, and a spacer. Make a plain loop.
Coinpearl earrings e2
Step 2
Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire. String a large briolette and make a set of wraps. Make a wrapped loop above the wraps. Repeat with two small briolettes.
Coinpearl earrings e3
Step 3
Cut two 3⁄8-in. (1cm) and one 1⁄2-in. (1.3cm) pieces of chain. Open a jump ring and attach the longer chain and the loop of the large briolette. Close the jump ring. Use jump rings to attach the remaining chains to the loops of the small briolettes.
Coinpearl earrings e4
Step 4
Use a jump ring to attach the chain dangles to a loop of the coin-pearl unit, stringing the large-briolette dangle in the middle. Close the jump ring.
Coinpearl earrings e5
Step 5
Open the loop of the dangle. Attach the loop of an earring post. Close the dangle’s loop. (If the earring post has a perpendicular loop, attach a jump ring between the dangle and the loop.)
Coinpearl earrings pair 2
Step 6
Make a second earring to match the first.
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