Did you know that the name Margaret means pearl? Well, that’s what Google said which is why I made this pair of earrings for my friend, Margaret 😛
What you need:
– 2 long metal findings
– 2 filigree bead caps
– 2 pearls/ beads (they can be of any colour but I like to use white or black beads to contrast with the silver bead cap) There are so many possible variations- I’ve included some suggestions at the end of this post!
– 2 earring hooks
– round nose pliers
– cutter pliers
Step 1: Thread it
Insert the pearl/ bead followed by the filigree bead cap onto the metal finding.
Tip: if you are buying these components specifically for this project (instead of using a ready stash), 2 things to take note: — – – make sure that the hole in the bead is large enough to insert the metal finding through (but not so large the bead slides right off- it’s a tricky balance!) If you are using pearls, note that their holes are typically very small.
– is the metal finding long enough for both the pearl/bead and metal filigree piece? Measure or regret at your leisure. (Sorry couldn’t help myself there)
Step 2: Bend it
Make sure that the pearl/ bead is right at the end of the metal finding and that the filigree piece lines up nicely with it before making a loop at the other end of the metal finding. Do not close the loop.
Step 3: Hoop it
Snip off the excess metal and insert the earring hoop before closing the loop.
Tip: if you are new to beading, a pair of round nosed pliers would be very helpful in getting the shape of the hook right.
Step 4: Repeat it
And there you go, a lovely pair of earrings in 5 minutes!
If you do make these earrings, love to see your take on it 🙂 The best part of DIY-ing is putting your own personal stamp on something, don’t you think? 🙂