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Capistrano Swallows Earrings

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Capistrano Swallows Earrings Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Welcome warm weather with these vintage-inspired earrings that cast a romantic, neutral tone. The town of San Juan celebrates the return of its swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission, a sure sign that spring is on its way, with an annual parade. Whether you can smell the sweet spring air or only see sights of snow, these delightful earrings will add warmth to your wardrobe.

Step one:
Cut one piece of satin Hamilton gold-plated leaf chain approximately 1 inch long.

Step two:
Thread one Swarovski 5mm round pearl in Powder Rose onto one gold-filled 2-inch head pin. Repeat two more times. Attach each head pin to the leaf chain with a wrapped loop technique spacing them evenly across.

Step three:
Attach one Kabela antique brass sparrow charm to a 4.5mm antique brass-plated brass 21 gauge open jump ring. Watch our Handy Tip video on how to use jump rings if you need help. Attach one JBB antique brass-plated brass flower with looped vines 1 ring pendant to the same jump ring so that the bird charm sits on top of the pendant, with their stringing holes aligned.

Step four:
Attach the open jump ring to one end of the leaf chain. Attach the leaf chain, to one gold-filled 027 earwire.

Repeat this process for the second earring.
Approximate size: 3 ½ inches
Estimated time: Less than 1 hour
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
ZambaPro® Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro® Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Leaf Chain (BTF-0076, qty 1)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Powder Rose (5810-PRO5, qty 6)
JBB Antique Brass-Plated Brass Flower with Looped Vines 1 Ring Pendant (PEND-0161, qty 2)
Gold-Filled 027 Earwire (Flat, Ball, Coil) (GF-EAR02, qty 2)
Kabela Antique Brass Sparrow Charm (CHARM-0024, qty 2)
Gold-Filled 2-Inch Head Pin (GF-HP200-020, qty 6)
4.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BBA-OJR04-A, qty 6)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Antique Brass-Plated Square Links on Round Cable Chain (BBACH26)
Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Pearl Pink Coral (5810-PCO10)
JBB Antique Brass Flower and Leaf Pendant (BBA-PEND024)
JBB Antique Brass-Plated Brass Flower with Stems Charm (CHARM-0176)
Antique Brass Feather Charm (BBA-CH020 )
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Swallow Charm (BRO-2300)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Leaf Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0076
Diameter 4mm, Wire Gauge .644mm/22 gauge 
$17.09 $14.80$16.23 $14.05$15.41 $13.34
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Crystal Pearl Powder Rose
Code: 5810-PRO5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
$0.13 $0.11$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Gold-Filled 027 Earwire (Flat, Ball, Coil) (Pair)
Code: GF-EAR02
Height 22mm, Wire Gauge .64mm/22 gauge 
$1.99 $1.76$1.89 $1.67$1.79 $1.58
Kabela Design Antique Brass Sparrow Charm
Code: CHARM-0024
Length 13.5mm, Width 17mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
$2.46 $2.18$2.32 $2.06$2.19 $1.94
Gold-Filled 2-Inch Head Pin
Code: GF-HP200-020
Length 2 inches, 24 gauge 
$0.49 $0.43$0.44 $0.38$0.39 $0.34
4.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR04-A
Diameter 4.5mm, 21gauge 
Sale Price: $0.04
Price: $0.05

Alternate Components

Antique Brass-Plated Square Links on Round Cable Chain by the Foot
Code: BBACH26
Link 6.5mm x 6.5mm, Gauge 18, Link 5mm x 5mm, Gauge 22 
$15.12 $12.40$14.36 $11.78$13.63 $11.18
Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Crystal Pearl Pink Coral
Code: 5810-PCO10
Length 10mm, Diameter 10mm, Hole Size .644mm/22 gauge 
$0.41 $0.34$0.38 $0.32$0.36 $0.30
Antique Brass Bird Feather Charm
Code: BBA-CH020
Height 22.5mm, Width 5.5mm 
$0.37 $0.31$0.34 $0.28$0.32 $0.27

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.79
Price: $7.67
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.78
Price: $7.67
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.24
Price: $11.56

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