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Butterfly wing earrings

Supplies

Earrings 5⁄8 x 11⁄8 in. (16 x 29 mm)

  • Jump rings
    • 12 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 4 mm inner diameter (ID)
    • 10 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 4.5 mm ID
    • 2 20-gauge (0.8 mm), 2.5 mm ID
  • 1 pair ear wires
  • 2 beads
  • 2 head pins
Tools Instructions
Butterfly wing earrings 1
Step 1
Butterfly wing earrings 2
Step 2

1. Slide a bead onto a head pin. Make a wire wrapped loop above the bead to create a dangle (1). Repeat for the second earring. Set the bead dangles aside for later use.

2. In the photos, silver jump rings are 4 mm ID and 2.5 mm ID, and copper jump rings are 4.5 mm ID. Close eight of the 4mm silver jump rings and open all the remaining jump rings. Slide four closed 4 mm jump rings and the loop of an ear wire onto an open 4.5 mm jump ring. Close the 4.5 mm jump ring (2).

Butterfly wing earrings 3
Step 3
Butterfly wing earrings 4
Step 4

3. Slide an open 4.5 mm jump ring through two 4 mm jump rings on the left side. Close the jump ring (3). 

4. Slide an open 4.5 mm jump ring through two 4 mm rings on the right side. Close the jump ring (4).

Butterfly wing earrings 5
Step 5a
Butterfly wing earrings 6
Step 5b

5. Slide an open 4.5 mm jump ring through two center 4 mm rings, picking up one ring from each pair. Close the ring (5a). Flip the earring over and repeat on the other side, which is the back of the earring. The two center jump rings will sandwich the two outer rings added in step 4 (5b). 

Butterfly wing earrings 7
Step 6a
Butterfly wing earrings 8
Step 6b

6. Slide an open 4 mm jump ring through the eye of the overlapping copper rings, picking up the front center, left, and rear center rings. If needed, use an awl or a piece of wire to hold the space open until getting the jump ring into position (6a). Repeat on the right side (6b).

Butterfly wing earrings 9
Step 7
7 Slide an open 2.5 mm jump ring through the two 4 mm jump rings added in step 6 and slide on the wrapped bead dangle from step 1. Close the jump ring (7). Repeat steps 2-7 to complete the other earring.
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