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Fireworks Earrings and Bracelet

By: Rings & Things

Follow these simple directions for making beaded jewelry and you'll be making your own bracelets and earrings in no time. With these fireworks earrings and bracelet from Rings & Things, you'll match the 4th of July night sky.

Fireworks Earrings and Bracelet

Materials:

Earring Parts:

  • #34-003-8 French hook ear wires, niobium "copper"
  • #49-952-51-8 Triangular floral connectors, copper plated
  • #26-814-03 3mm round beads, solid copper
  • #20-399-548 20mm twisted glass bugle beads, teal/silver lined
  • #37-422-7 2” standard head pins, antiqued copper plated
  • #23-016-273 16mm glass dagger beads, purple iris
  • #37-123-8 3x4mm oval jump rings, copper plated

Bracelet Parts:

  • #61-701-12 1mm braided cotton cord, medium brown
  • #26-814-06 6mm round beads, solid copper
  • #28-334-21 16mm puffed coin lampwork glass beads, bright multicolor/silver foil
  • #23-286-273 6mm glass roller beads, purple iris
  • #41-151-98-25-8 2.2mm center-crimp tube with hook, copper plated
  • #41-151-99-25-8 2.2mm center-crimp tube with loop, copper plated

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers

Instructions:

To make the earrings, see tips for making earrings:


TIP: Oval jump rings are perfect when a small round jump ring is too small, but a large round jump ring distracts from the design.

To make the bracelet:

  1. Leaving a tail to make the dangles, if desired, string one of the center-crimp tubes onto a doubled-over section of cord. Flatten the center of the crimp with standard round- or- flat-nose pliers.
     
  2. String beads as desired, tying knots between each bead.
     
  3. Complete with the other center-crimp tube and tie roller beads onto the tails.

TIP: Try using larger center-crimp tubes to make multistrand designs.

 

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