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Floral fantasy earrings

Spring blossoms sway in the breeze and from your ear lobes with a pair of flowering drop earrings. Flower-shaped beads dangle gently from a strand of linked glass beads with delicate but dramatic results. Shed those heavy sweaters and pair these earrings with a kicky shoulder-baring top for your own ode to spring.

SUPPLIES

  • 4 9mm five-petal flower beads (Eclectica, eclecticabeads.com)
  • 4 4mm round crystals
  • 4 seed beads, size 11/0
  • 4 2 1⁄2-in. (6mm) head pins
  • 14 4mm faceted glass beads
  • 18 in. (.46m) 22-gauge sterling silver wire
  • 2 4mm jump rings
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Floral fantasy earrings a
Step 1
String a crystal, a seed bead, and a flower bead on a head pin. Depending on the shape of your flower, you might need more than one seed bead to extend the crystal beneath the flower.
Floral fantasy earrings b
Step 2
Make a wrapped loop above the flower.
Floral fantasy earrings c
Step 3
To make the glass bead units, cut 14 1 1⁄4 in. (31mm) pieces of wire. Turn a plain loop at one end of the wire. String a glass bead on the wire and turn a plain loop above the glass bead.
Floral fantasy earrings d
Step 4

Open a loop on a glass bead unit and link another glass bead unit. Close the loop. Attach one more bead unit and a flower unit.

Repeat to link four glass bead units and a flower unit.

Floral fantasy earrings e
Step 5
Open a jump ring. Slide both dangles on the ring.
Floral fantasy earrings f
Step 6

Slide the jump ring into the earring’s loop. Close the jump ring. Repeat steps 4 through 6 to make a second earring the mirror image of the first.

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