1.Place your bead(s) onto a head pin . Right after the bead, grab the head pin with your chain nose pliers and bend the wire at a 90-degree angle above the pliers. This creates a small upright piece of wire between the bead and the bend. 

2.Grab the wire with your round nose pliers just above the bend. Bend the wire up and over the top of your round nose pliers. 

3. Reposition your round nose pliers to make it easier to loop the wire all the way around the nose, creating a complete loop. This step is often overlooked but makes a big difference in how centered your loops is.

4. Remove your round nose pliers and grasp the top of the loop with your chain nose pliers. Using either your fingers or another pair of pliers, grip the end of the wire and coil it tightly around the upright piece of wire below your loop, coiling from top to bottom. Keep coiling until your reach the top of your bead.

5.  Where the wire coil tail meets the bead, snip off the excess wire end with your wire cutters .

6. Use chain nose pliers to tuck the end of the wire into your wrappings.

Jewelry Designs


2 x Sterling Silver Earwires round with ball, or your choice
2 x 2 Inch Sterling Silver headpins
4 x 3mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone beads in Crystal AB
2 x 6mm Swarovski Crystal Round beads in Crystal AB
2 x 8mm Round Pearls
2 x 4mm Round Pearls

Tools Required:

Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Side cutters 


1.    Begin by threading the beads onto the headpins in the pattern shown.
2.    Using the round nose pliers create a loop at the top of the headpin, snip off any excess wire and flatten down any sharp edges with the chain nose pliers. (See “Creating a loop” link on our jewelry designs page.)
3.    Using the chain nose pliers open the loop of the earwire and thread the earring on, close the loop with the chain nose pliers.

Customize the appearance of these earrings by choosing different color pearls and/or crystals!


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