I'm back with another Jewelry Lesson!
Today I'm going to share one of the most important techniques (well at least I think) in jewelry making: how to make a simple loop. And it really is simple to do - here it is in five easy steps!
Put your bead onto a head pin. Bend it at a 90 degree angle right above the bead using needle nose pliers. Trim most of the wire off using wire cutters, leaving only a short tail. Grab the end of this tail using round nose pliers, and then bend the wire around the pliers into a circle. Now you have a beaded charm ready to use to make jewelry!
You could also put more beads on the head pin and use it to make simple earrings like I showed in a previous jewelry lesson.
For this situation though, I wanted a bunch of little bead charms to put on chain to make into earrings for my friend Caitlin to wear on her wedding day!
Here's a quick tutorial for how to make your own:
8mm Pearls, 6mm Pearls, 6mm crystals, chain, earring hooks, head pins, needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.
Step 1: Put all of the beads onto heads pins and make into charms as shown above using the simple loop technique.
Step 2: Cut a piece of chain about 2 inches long and attach it to the earring wire. To do this, open up the loop on the bottom of the earring wire using needle nose pliers, put the chain on the loop, and close the loop back up with the pliers.
Step 3: Attach your bead charms to the wire by putting the simple loop through the chain links.
Step 4: Close the simple loop back up using needle nose pliers.
Step 5: Keep attaching beads on the chain until it is all filled up, and they will end up looking like this!
A very pretty pair of wedding earrings if you ask me! So what do you think, will you give the simple loop a try??
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