Make a Pair of Leaf-Motif Earringscomments (0) September 22nd, 2008
I get compliments every time I take these beauties out for a spin. They are dramatic but surprisingly wearable for even the most casual outfit.
- 2 pieces of 1-1/2-inch chain
- 24 ball or fancy headpins
- 12 glass leaf pins, both top- and center-drilled
- chain-nose pliers
- round-nose pliers
- 12 4mm peridot rounds
- 1 pair French ear wires
Step 1: Create a bail with a ball or fancy headpin (a normal headpin might not be big enough to stay secure in the bead’s hole). For top-drilled beads, slip the ball headpin through the front of the bead and bend the wire at a 90-degree angle. With your round-nose pliers, create a loop with the wire that will sit above the bead. Slip the wire onto the first link of chain so the chain is secured in the loop. Now, holding the loop with the round-nose pliers, wrap the wire around itself once with the chain-nose pliers. Bring the end of the wire down and around the ball of the headpin and the back up and around the base of the loop. Trim off the excess with wire cutters and tuck the end in gently with round-nose pliers.
Step 2: Now do more of the same. I like to work from the top of the chain down so you can gauge how it’s looking as you go and you don’t make the earring too long. When you get to a length you like, you can just snip the remaining chain. For this pair, 1-1/2 inches seemed like the perfect length for the chain. Work your way down, attaching a leaf pendant through every link (if the links are long like the chain shown here) or every few links. End by attaching a leaf to the bottom link.
Step 3: Now working from top to bottom again, slip a small round peridot bead onto a ball headpin and attach to each link that has a leaf bead dangling from it. This will create some play in texture and size, and cover up the chain nicely without it getting too bulky.
Step 4: Attach ear wire. With chain-nose pliers, twist open the loop on the French ear wire and slip on the chain through the link. Close the loop.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1–4 for other earring.