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this and the following web pages we will discuss making jewelry with
half-drilled pearl beads using some different findings. First, we
will discuss how to make the lever back earrings shown
right. These earrings use 8mm pearl beads and our lever back ear
finding, item 3323
or Item 3324.
You can view this finding at left. Notice the metal cup with the
post. Making these earrings is very simple and is totally
appropriate for a beginner to making jewelry. All you do is apply
jeweler's cement like
item 0359 in our Internet store, to the post. Once the post
is covered in cement, slide your 8mm pearl bead onto the post until it
sits flush in the cup. Then sit the earring down for about 10
minutes and allow the cement to set. After the cement has set, your
earring is ready to wear. If there is an easier jewelry making
we don't know what it is.
Our second jewelry making project is making a necklace using a filigree bail setting. We show two pictures of this necklace, one in sterling silver shown at right and one in gold-filled shown at left. These two filigree settings are the same size, but display differently in these pictures. The setting is actually 11mm by 6mm by 5mm in size so the picture at right is close to actual size. You can view the filigree bail setting shown below-left enlarged. Adding your pearl bead to this setting is just as easy as making the lever back earrings described above. Just add jeweler's cement like Item 0359 to the post in the setting, and then slide your 8mm 1/2 drilled pearl bead onto the post until it rest flush in the cup of the setting. After adding the bead, set the combination finding and pearl bead down for about 10 minutes to allow the cement to set. Once the 10 minutes are up, all you need to do is to add your chain and you have a finished necklace. Because the loop in the filigree bail setting is large, all of our pre-made 18" chains and their clasps will easily fit through the loop in the finding. The two necklaces shown above use our fine chain, item 3306 in sterling silver and Item 3309 in gold-filled. Our medium chain also looks great with this finding. The medium chain that we would recommend is item 3310 in gold-filled or item 3307 in sterling silver. We believe that these necklaces combined with similar pearl beads earrings will make great gifts.
On the following web page we will show one more 1/2 drilled pearl beads jewelry making project. This project will make earrings or a necklace.
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