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Festive 4th earrings

Celebrate red, white, blue, and the stars

Here’s a go-to earring design when you want to highlight just a few small beads or some extra-fancy chain. White bicones, dyed jade in ruby and lapis, and star chain are a winning combination for picnics, parades, or whatever this July 4th holiday throws your way.



  • 2 9 mm teardrop beads
  • 6 5 mm faceted rondelles
  • 8 4 mm bicone crystals 
  • 4 4 mm faceted round beads
  • 4 5 mm spacers
  • 14 3 mm spacers
  • 5 in. (13 cm) star chain, 6 mm links
  • 5 in. (13 cm) chain, 2 mm links
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 10 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Eclectica, 262.641.0910. Check your local bead store for supplies. 


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Step 1
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Step 2
1. For each earring: Trim the head from a head pin. Make a plain loop. String: 4 mm round bead, 3 mm spacer, 4 mm bicone, 5 mm spacer, 5 mm rondelle, 5 mm spacer, bicone, 3 mm spacer, round. Make a plain loop.

2. On a head pin, string a 3 mm spacer and a teardrop bead. Make a plain loop. Make two rondelle units and two bicone units.
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Step 3
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Step 4
3. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 2 mm link chain with an odd number of links. Open the loop of an earring wire, and attach the center link of chain. Close the loop.

4. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of star chain with an odd number of links. Attach the teardrop unit and the center link of star chain. Attach two rondelle units and two bicone units to the same link.
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Step 5
5. Attach an end link of each chain and each loop of the long bead unit. 
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