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earrings shown at right are very slightly more difficult to make than the
earrings we described
the prior pages. The finding that we use to set our pearl beads for
these earrings is called a bead cap and it has a loop on one end for
attaching the bead cap to earrings or to a chain.
Item 3325 is a gold-filled
bead cap as shown at left.
Item 3326 is a sterling
silver bead cap. To make these earrings start by adding
jeweler's cement like
item 0359 to the post in the bead cap finding. Once the post
is covered with cement, slide an 8mm 1/2 drilled pearl bead onto the post
until it rests flush in the cup of the bead cap. Then set the
finding and pearl bead down for
minutes to allow the cement to set. After the cement has fully set,
then take your bent chain nose pliers and open the loop in your ear wire
finding. (Please select here for
instructions on how to open a loop and close the loop.) Once you
have the loop open, slide the loop in the bead cap into position and then
use your bent chain nose pliers to close the loop. That will
complete your earring. In the earrings shown above-right, we used
ear wire finding item 0117
in our Internet store. We have many other ear wire findings and any
of them would be suitable for making this style earring.
For that formal occasion where you wear your black dress and want to ooze understated elegance, what better jewelry combination that the pearl beads drop earrings shown here with a filigree bail necklace as shown on the prior page. You can view this combination on a mannequin at right.
These instructions continue on the following web page with an alternative design.
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