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Perfect for a fancy event, these simple and elegant earrings use plain wire to highlight the beauty of the pearls. Let your pearls swing!

Designer: Jean Power

Finished Size

2 lavender iris freshwater pearls, 10-mm potato

6-inch (15.2 cm) length of 20-gauge sterling silver wire

2 sterling silver earring findings

# Tools

Bead reamer, optional Ruler or measuring tape Wire cutters

Bead tube or 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) dowel, 4 inches (10.2 cm) long

Round-nose pliers

Chain- or flat-nose pliers

^Techniques___

Simple loop (page 26)

Opening and closing rings (page 25)

Note: You may need to use a bead reamer to enlarge the holes in your pearls if they don't lit on the 20-gauge wire. If you don't have a bead reamer, make the earrings with the thickest wire you can get through your pearls.

1. Cut the wire in two 3-inch (7.6 cm) pieces. Set aside.

2. Slide a pearl onto one oi the wires and center it.

3. Holding the pearl in place, bend both wire ends around the tube until they cross (figure l). Check that the pearl still sits in the center of the wire and that the wire ends are even.

4. Use chain nose pliers to form a slight bend on each wire where the wires cross, or about Vh inch (9 mm) lrom each wire end (figure 2).

5. Form a simple loop at each wire end. Make sure the loops are the same size (figure 3). Use chain-nose pliers to squeeze the loops together so they sit next to each other. Set aside.

6. Use chain-nose pliers to grasp one of the ear wire's loops, right underneath the spot where the wire touches itself. Gently turn the loop 90".

7. Attach the earring finding so it holds both simple loops.

8. Repeat steps 2 through " to make a second earring.

These elegant earrings are worthy embellishments for a queen of the Nile. You can make a more understated version by making just one ring of pearls instead of four.

Designer: Sharon Bateman

^Instructions

^_Einished_Size

48 freshwater pearls, 5-mm rice

48 freshwater pearls, 5-mm rice

48 gold-filled, 26-gauge headpins,

8 gold-filled, 8-mm jump rings (or make your own from 5 inches [12.7 cm] of gold-filled 20-gauge wire)

2 gold-filled earring findings t Tools_

2 sets of chain-nose pliers

Round-nose pliers

Flush cutters, optional

1/4-inch (6 mm) dowel, 4 inches (10.2 cm) long, optional

Metal file or emery board, optional

Wrapped loop (page 27)

Making jump rings (page 26), optional

Opening and closing rings (page 25)

1. Slide one pearl onco a headpin. Make a wrapped loop ro secure the pearl. Repeat to make 48 pearl dangles in all. Set aside.

2. If desired, make your own jump rings (see page 26).

3. Use the chain-nose pliers to open a jump ring. Slide on six pearl dangles and an earring finding. Close the jump ring.

4. Open a jump ring and slip six pearl dangles onto it. Before closing the jump ring, attach it to the jump ring from the previous step (figure 1).

5. Repeat step 4 until youVe connected four pearl dangle-embellished jump rings.

6. Repeat all steps to make a second earring.

The pearls in this pendant showcase a filigree button scavenged from a box of old family jewelry. The button may have come from Shanghai since the designers great-grandparents lived there in the 1920s.

Designer: Nathalie Mornu

# instructions

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25 freshwater pearls in various colors, 5- to 7-mm buttons and potatoes

25 freshwater pearls in various colors, 5- to 7-mm buttons and potatoes

2 sterling silver jump rings, 3.5 mm

1 sterling silver split ring, 5 mm

25 sterling silver head pins, 2 inches (5.1 cm) long

Vintage silver shank button, 16 x 18 mm

V/2-inch (3.8 cm) length of 1.9-mm sterling silver chain

216-foot (76.2 cm) length of 3.6 mm sterling silver long and short chain

Liver of sulfur (optional)

Plastic or glass container for liver of sulfur solution (optional)

Wire cutters

Chain-nose pliers

Round-nose pliers

Wrapped loop (page 27) Opening and closing rings (page 25)

1. II desired, add a patina to the findings. Drop a pea-sized piece of liver of sulfur into a container and dissolve it with a half cup (ll .8 cl) of boiling water. Note: Liver of sulfur is poisonous; don't handle it with bare hands, and don't employ a container or utensils that have been in contact with it lor food use. Dip all the sterling silver findings in the solution to match the patina of the vintage button. Rinse the findings and let dry.

2. Use one 3.5-nim jump ring to attach the buttons shank to one end of the shorter chain (figure I).

3. Slide a 7-mm pearl onto a head pin. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to the short chains end link (next to the button). Use the same method to attach another pearl to the other side of the link (figure 2). Skip a link and attach another pair of large pearls. Continue in this manner, working your way up the chain; use the largest pearls first, then the medium-sized ones, and finally the smallest ones. 11 you see gaps you find unattractive, add a pearl to fill it in. After you've used up all the pearls, cur oft any extra chain, making sure to leave one empty link beyond the last pearl.

4. Use a 3.5-mm jump ring to attach the last link of the short chain to the split ring.

5. Attach each end of the long chain to the split ring.

Garland

This nature-inspired necklace looks like a dainty chain of flowers a wood fairy might fashion. Change the pearl, crystal, and meta types and you can evoke any season of the year.

Designer: Ellen Gerritse

# Finished Size

46 brown freshwater pearls, 6-mm half-round potato

46 brown freshwater pearls, 6-mm half-round potato

22 transparent brown crystal bicones, 2.

4 mm

22 size 110 transparent topaz seed beads

68 dark copper head pins, 3.

68 dark copper crimp tubes, 2x2 mm

1 dark copper split ring, 5 mm

1 dark copper spring ring clasp, 8 mm

1-inch (2.5-cm) length of 4-mm twisted oval link dark copper chain yjri*_

Crimping pliers Wire cutters Flat-nose pliers Round-nose pliers Ruler or measuring tape

»Techniques_

Crimping (page 28)

Simple loop (page 26)

Opening and closing rings (page 25)

Slide a crimp tube onto a head pin. Snug the tube next to the pin's head and crimp. String on a pearl. Make a 90" bend in the wire 4 mm from the top of the pearl. Form a simple loop starting at the bend. Open the loop and attach it to an end link on the chain. Set this chain extender aside.

String a crimp tube onto a head pin. Snug the rube up to the pins head and crimp. Slide on a pearl. As in step 1, measure 4 mm from the top of the pearl, bend the wire 90" then make a simple loop. Finish the loop and attach it to the clasp. Set aside.

Slide a crimp tube onto a head pin. Push the tube snugly beside the pins head and crimp. String on a pearl. As before, make a simple loop 4 mm from the top of the pearl. Open the loop and attach it to the head pin made in step 2, between the pearl and the clasp (figure 1). Set aside.

String a crimp tube onto a head pin. Snug the tube next to the pins head and crimp. String on one seed bead and one crystal. Make a simple loop 4 mm from the top of the crystal. Open the loop and attach it to the head pin added in the previous step, between the bead and the simple loop.

Slide a crimp tube onto a head pin. Push the tube snugly next to the pins head and crimp. String on a pearl. Make a simple loop 4 mm from the top of the crystal. Open the loop and attach it to the head pin added in the previous step, between the bead and the simple loop.

Designer's Tip

Marking the jaws of your flat-nose pliers to 4 mm will speed the process of making the necklace.

6. Repeat seep 5.

7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 twenty times.

8. Repeat step 4. Set the necklace aside.

9. Cut the head oil oi a head pin. Make a simple loop ai one end. Use the split ring to attach the loop and the open end of the chain. String on a crimp tube, snug it next to die loop, and crimp. String on a pearl and make a simple loop 4 mm from the first simple loop. Attach this loop to the head pin added in step 8. between the bead and the simple loop (figure 2).

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