The other weekend I found these pretty blue stones at a bead shop in Harvard Square. Their itty bitty size made them perfect for earrings.
You know how sometimes the plans in your head don’t work out as easily in real life? It happens. After about 3 failed design attempts, and several lost crystals, it turned out the problem was that I only have TWO hands. I managed to borrow a third, but if you can’t find a spare, then try one of those handy alligator clip devices. (Actually called Helping Hand Magnifier.)
Hands or alligators. This is a must. You can take my word for it that it’s really annoying trying to hold wires in place to secure them with a crimp tube, only to have one end fly loose before you succeed, flinging your tiny beads off the wire and across the room, never to be seen again.
But don’t worry, none of that will happen to you. I already made all the mistakes ahead of time, so all you have to do is follow the directions! The earrings will come together SO much more quickly and easily. I had my new pair in about 20 minutes.
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- 12 3mm crystals
- 6 seed beads
- 2 stones
- 2 crimp tubes
- 2 crimp covers with hooks
- .30mm beading wire
- 2 metal earring hooks
- 2 headpins
- Alligator clip (or 3rd hand)
Measure and cut two 4-inch sections of the .30mm beading wire. String your crystals and seed beads onto each wire. Slide a stone onto one of the headpins.
Bend one of the beaded wires into a teardrop shape and align the headpin with stone into the center. Have someone hold the 3 wires in place (or use alligator clip) while you fit all 3 wires through the crimp cover.
Next slide a crimp tube down around the 3 wires until it reaches the crimp cover. Crimp it shut with the needle nose pliers.
Using the wire cutters, cut the extra wires as close as possible to the crimp tube. Squeeze the crimp cover closed over the flattened crimp tube, using the needle nose pliers.
At this point, I could go back to using just 2 hands again!
Slide the earring hook onto the crimp cover hook, and squeeze the hook shut around the earring hook with the needle noses. Make sure you don’t squeeze it so tight that the earring hook can’t freely move inside.
Repeat with the other earring, and now you have a lovely new pair of sparkly earrings!