Making Gorgeous Earrings


image1Today we are making a pair of sterling silver, lever back earrings. Let’s get dive right in. The materials I’ll be using today are a sterling silver headpins which are about an inch and a half long and you can use longer ones but the longer ones are inexpensive. To attach our earring I’m going to be using lever backs. These image2sterling silver lever backs are perfect for all ages and very simple to use. To make our earrings I have a variety of components that I’m going to be playing with to make a pair of earrings. I have some sterling silver findings, some beautiful kainite blue stones and some image3Swarovski crystals. Now that we talked about the basic supplies let’s get started making these earrings.

The first thing we will do is take our sterling silver head pin and we are going to take our first component which is a Swarovski crystal pink bead and go ahead and thread that on the head pin. The next part you’ll need to add is the Swarovski crystal roundel. Then we will add this very pretty champagne colored Swarovski crystal. Now we have the design down and it’s time to get our flat nosed pliers. image4Pinch all the way to the end with your pliers then come back about an eighth of an inch and at this point all you’re going to do is push the remaining wire down with your thumb to a 90 degree angle. This right angle is where you’re going to start. At this point you are going to take your round nosed pliers taking the bottom part of the plier and putting it right in the crease. Now take your finger and place it underneath the head pin and roll it toward you making a perfect loop. Slide it out carefully then slide it back in on the lower jaw of the pliers. Now you want to continue wrapping your loop all the way around so we will take our image5thumb and wrap it around. After you’ve done that take your flat nosed pliers again and grab onto the loop so it doesn’t change the perfect round shape you have there. Now take what’s left of your headpin and start wrapping around the wire. As your wrapping, make sure it’s tight and from the top down. Try not to leave any spaces. If you find that you do have a space it’s easy to fix. What you can do is take your beads and gingerly push it down to close off that gap. Then you can keep wrapping all the way around until you reach your bead. When you can’t wrap any more you may have a little piece of headpin left which we don’t need so we take our wire cutter and we will carefully just snip that off. That piece is trash and you’ll have the most part of your earring. Now take position number two on your crimping tool and you gently give it a little squeeze and around motion to tuck that piece of wire underneath and it looks really clean. Now when you have your level back the loop to attach your earring is cut so gently open it with you flat nosed pliers slide the bottom of the earring on and close it back up. Give it a little squeeze and your earring is completely finished.

 

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