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Butterflies and leaves earrings

Net a variety of colorful butterfly or leaf beads for a midsummer earring extravaganza! 
Butterflies and leaves

Make yours even more distinctive by including earring threads, chain, or fancy links.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 12 mm butterfly beads (Halstead Bead, Inc., 800.528.0535,halsteadbead.com)
  • 4 11 mm leaf beads, in two colors
  • 2 3 mm spacers
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire 
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 4–5 mm decorative jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. On a head pin, string a spacer and a butterfly bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop
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2. Cut a 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) piece of chain. Attach the bead unit and complete the wraps. If desired, make a coil with the excess wire.
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3. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make a coil. String a leaf bead and make a plain loop perpendicular to the coil. Make a second leaf unit in another color.
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4. Open the loop of a leaf unit and attach the chain and a jump ring. Close the loop.
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5. Open the loop of the remaining leaf unit. Attach the jump ring. Close the loop. 
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6. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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