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03/09/2015

Easy Beginnings - How to Make Your First Pair of Bead Earrings



So you want to make a pair of bead earrings, do you? Well, you've come to the right place! Here I'm going to break down all you need to know about what type of tools and beads you need to have, as well as the steps you need to follow to make your first pair of earrings. Are you ready? Let's go!

TOOLS

- One pair of round-nosed pliers.
- One wire cutter.
- Findings.
- Two headpins.
- Two ear wires.

BEADS

As far as beads go, there really is no right or wrong way to go about this. The choice is up to you. Might I suggest that you experiment with different types of shapes, sizes, colors and finishes? The possibilities you can come up with literally are endless. Whether you decide to use plastic, metal, semiprecious or glass beads doesn't matter. What does matter, however, is that you make sure you have two of each bead you decide to use so that your earrings will match.

Now that you've gathered the necessary tools and beautiful beads you want, what do you say we get started?

STEPS

Step One: You should start by arranging a few beads on your first headpin. If necessary, you can use spacer beads to break up the different colored beads. This is entirely optional, but not a requirement.

Step Two: When you've come to the decision that you like the design you have going, cut the extra headpin, leaving enough room for about half an inch above the first bead.

Step Three: Depending on whether you're right-handed or left-handed, you're going to take which ever hand you use the most, grab your pliers, and hold the headpin. At the same time that you're holding the headpin and beads with your dominant hand, you're going to push down ever so gently on the top bead so that it's out of your way.

Step Four: Taking your pliers, grab the end of the headpin tightly while twisting your wrist until the end of the headpin starts to create a small loop or circle. Keep in mind that you don't want the circle to be too big or too small, as it has to be small enough to close securely in order for the ear wire to not slip out. If your loop isn't perfectly round like you would hope for it to be, that's okay.

Step Five: Hold your pliers in one hand, while holding ear wire in the other. Now move the pliers in one direction, opening the loop on the ear wire, and move your hand in the opposite direction. You should be opening the loop just enough to fit the wire on it. Whatever you do, do NOT pry or pull the loop open, because that will make it hard to close it.

Step Six: While the ear wire loop is still open, hang the headpin loop on it.

Step Seven: Taking your handy pliers again, close the circle of the ear wire loop. Do this a second time, and you'll have your first pair.

If you've gotten this far, then guess what? You've just created your first pair of bead earrings! With more practice, you can create even more fun beaded jewelry.

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