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May birthstone: Emerald earrings

The timeless color of elegance, emerald can enhance our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony. Whether or not you have a May birthday, you definitely need a pair of emerald green earrings!

SUPPLIES

  • 12 9 mm crystal drop beads
  • 2 28 mm connectors, with four loops
  • 2 10 x 8 mm (wide) octagon chatons
  • 2 10 mm octagon bezels, with two loops 
  • 4 10 x 5 mm (narrow) rectangular octagon chatons
  • 4 10 mm rectangular octagon bezels, with two loops
  • 12 5 mm bead caps
  • 12 in. (30 cm) 24-gauge wire 
  • 6 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Crystals, chatons, and bezels from Beadaholique, beadaholique.com. Connectors from Plasabali Silver Beads, plasabali.com. Glinter earring wires from Elephant Eye Beads,  elephanteyebeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

May birthstone Emerald earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: On a decorative head pin, string a bead cap and a drop bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three bead units.
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Step 2
Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bead cap and a drop and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three bead connectors.
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Step 3
Place a 10 x 8 mm (wide) chaton in an octagon bezel setting. Use chainnose pliers to fold down the bezel’s prongs. Make one wide connector and two 10 x 5 mm (narrow) connectors.
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Step 4
Attach a bead unit and a loop of a wide connector. Attach the remaining loop and a loop of a bead connector. Complete the wraps as you go. Leave the top loop unwrapped.
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Step 5
Repeat step 4 with a narrow connector. Make two narrow dangles.
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Step 6
Attach the wide dangle and a loop of a four-loop connector. On each adjacent loop of the connector, attach a narrow dangle. Complete the wraps as you go.
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Step 7
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the remaining loop of the connector. Close the loop.
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