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Pearl cluster earrings

Ingenious use of long-and-short–link chain is the basis of these dressy earrings!
Pearl cluster earrings

The clusters form when you string pairs of beads through the short links. Attach the chain and the earring wire first. It’s easier to pick up the earring wire, rather than the chain, as you’re attaching the pearls. Add different colored crystals to make birthstone earrings!

SUPPLIES

  • 2 6–9 mm glass beads
  • 12 3–4 mm round pearls
  • 2–2 1⁄2 in. (5–6.4 cm) chain, one-long-and-three-short link, 6–8 mm
  • 8 1⁄2 in. (21.6 cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 


INSTRUCTIONS


Pearl cluster earrings Step 1
1. Cut a piece of chain that has two long links. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the chain and close the loop.
Pearl cluster earrings Step 2
2. Cut a 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) piece of wire. Using roundnose pliers, make a tiny loop at one end. Flatten the loop with chainnose pliers.
Pearl cluster earrings Step 3
3. On the wire, string a pearl, a short chain link, and a pearl. Make a flattened loop next to the pearl.
Pearl cluster earrings Step 4
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining short links. The middle pair of pearls will be perpendicular to the other pairs.
Pearl cluster earrings Step 5
5. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire. Make a small loop on one end. Grasping the loop with chainnose pliers, make a coil by curving the wire around the loop.
Pearl cluster earrings Step 6
6. String a glass bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop perpendicular to the coil. 
Pearl cluster earrings Step 7
7 Attach the bead unit to the bottom chain link. Complete the wraps. 
Pearl cluster earrings finished earring
8. Make a second earring to match the first
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