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Instructions to Make Aquamarine and Pearl Earrings

Quick and Easy - No Soldering Required

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It certainly not too late to get started on some homemade holiday crafts. If you want some inspiration, I've blogged about some projects I've posted instructions to previously and a 70 item homemade holiday arts and crafts image gallery from Hongkiat.com, a design weblog dedicated to designers and bloggers.

I'm a big earring wearer, so I thought I would post some quick and easy (no soldering required!) earring instructions. A past-year popular item in my jewelry-making product line, this design is not copyrighted so feel free to copy it for personal or business use. Reduce the raw material cost by substituting another gemstone or crystal for the aquamarine.

1. Making the Earring Base From Eye-Pins

Maire Loughran

Purchase eight 2-inch in length sterling silver (or silver plated) eyepins. It's important that you check the gauge (thickness) of the eyepin to the hole in your gemstone and pearl beads to make sure you can thread the gemstones/pearls onto the eyepin. If you can't find eyepins thin enough for threading use appropriate gauge craft wire instead.

Use two eyepins to create the base for the earrings. Wrap the tale of each eyepin around a pencil to create a circular shape. See the image to the left for how your two eyepins should look.

2. Selecting Your Gemstones and Pearls

Maire Loughran

Decide on a threading order for your aquamarine gemstone and pearls. Using the alternate aqua/pearl threading you'll need 18 aquamarine and 18 pearls for your finished product.

Finding the pearls will be easy as all craft stores sell them. Depending on the quality of the aquamarine beads, they can be very expensive. However, since gem-cutting left-over's are made into gemstone beads, a strand of beads will run you less than a cut gemstone. You can probably find some great looking blue gemstone beads at Michaels. If buying the gemstone beads online, make sure they are faceted. Beads that aren't faceted will not be sparkly. You may also be interested in checking out my article on the mind, body and spirit properties of certain gemstones.

The image to the left shows a faceted aquamarine gemstone ring, two aquamarine crystals and some faceted aquamarine beads.

3. Creating The Gemstone and Pearl Danglers

Maire Loughran

Decide on a threading order for your aquamarine gemstone and pearls. Using the alternate aqua/pearl threading you'll need 18 aquamarine and 18 pearls for your finished product.

The image to the left shows alternating and with one pearl at the end. After you decide on an order, thread the gemstones onto the eyepin.

Create a design in the end of the eyepin. Two easy ones are a zig-zag design or a circular loose knot. Trim the end of the eyepin if need be. Hand craft six danglers - three for each earring.

4. Placing the Aquamarine Danglers on the Base Earring

Maire Loughran

Thread three danglers on each eyepin base. As you can see from the image on the left, I kind of mixed it up a bit. My dangler in the middle has the alternating aquamarine/pearl arrangement with a zigzag end, while the two on the side end with a pearl and a loose knot.

I encourage you to really play around with your arrangement. Although, if making these to sell or for a gift, keep in mind that most customers prefer the same arrangement on both earrings.

5. Finishing the Aquamarine and Pearl Earrings

Maire Loughran

To finish the earrings, wrap the end of the eyepin around itself a couple of times at the top of the loop and trim. Using a pair of pliers to slightly open the top of the eyepin, insert a fish-hook ear wire and close.

6. Aquamarine and Pearl Earrings Tool and Supply List

Maire Loughran

Here is a list of basic tools and supplies you need for this project:

  • Eight 2-inch eyepins.
  • Aquamarine beads and pearls with a wide enough hole to thread onto the eyepin - the amount you'll need of each vary based on your design. For the earrings on the page, you'll need 13 aquamarines and five pearls.
  • Two fish-hook earring findings. Save money by using silver plated instead of sterling silver.
  • Chain-nose pliers. Before you purchase pliers, see types you have around the house. You may already own a pair that will work for this project.
  • Wire cutters - once again - you may already have some laying around your house that will work for this project. Keep in mind that cutting wire with a pair of kitchen scissors will dull them.

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