Do you ever find yourself with bits of chain that don't get used tangling around everything else in your bead box? Well here is a great way to use up those bits of chain in a stylish autumn earring.
Step one: Using your favorite colors from the fire polish 6mm mix of red tones, attach two of the beads to two varying lengths of chain by stringing the beads onto 1½ inch sterling silver 22 gauge head pins and wrapping them to the chain using wrapped loops. For detailed instructions on how to make wrapped loops, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.
Step two: With a sterling silver open jump ring attack the silver antique oak leaf charm to a third chain.
Step three: Attach all three chains to a 3 strand sterling silver end piece with open jump rings.
Step four: Attach your design to the ear thread by opening the open jump ring at the base and re-closing with your round nosed pliers. For a variation on this theme you can use five strands of chain and a 5 ring V-shaped station as a link to the earwire. Don't be afraid to experiment. The joy of these earrings is in the asymmetry.
Approximate size: Can be determined by your taste. Estimated Time: Less than 30 minutes Difficulty Level: Beginner
Tools Used: Side cutter - semi-flush (TOOL-131) Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
List of Components: Use leftover chain or to duplicate this design exactly use: Twisted Wire Sterling Silver Chain (925CH37, qty 1) 040 Figaro 3+1 Chain (925CH27, qty 1) 040 Cable Chain (925CH8, qty 1) Sterling silver bead chain reverse ear thread (STG-EARSTR11, qty 2) 3-strand sterling silver end piece (SS-MSEND3, qty 2) Silver antique oak leaf charm (SA-2174, qty 2) 6mm fire polish mix pack red tones (FP-MXRED6, qty 1 pack) Sterling silver open jump rings (SS-OJR25-A, qty 4) 1 ½ inch sterling silver 22 gauge head pin (SS-HP2X, qty 2)
Alternate components: 5-Ring V-Shaped Station (SS-STAT04) Sterling Silver 050 3+1 Plaque Chain (925CH141) Hill Tribe Silver Small Corrugated Flower Bud (HTS454) Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Crystal and Red (50pc Pack) (FPS-CRD6) Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Siam (50pc Pack) (FPS-SIA6) Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Carnelian Opal (50pc Pack) (FPS-CAO6)