We found a strand of these darling
mother-of-pearl bird beads at a bead show and we thought that these would
make a delightful pair of earrings so we’re going to show you how to make the
pair to this earring. Essentially it’s a hodgepodge of beads, a leaf charm and
some bicones and we’re going to show you how easy it is to make this. The first
thing you want to do is take a head pin and we’re going to use this head pin to
make the first of our three dangles. I’ve got my bicone crystal bead here. This is
just a four millimeter bicone crystal bead and I’m feeding it onto a head pin
and I’m going to make a wrapped loop to make my first dangling component. So to
do that I’m using round-nose pliers, I’m going to grasp the wire of my head pin
right above my bicone crystal here and I’m going to bend the wire toward me 90
degrees. Then I’m going to reposition my pliers to the top of that little bend so
that I’m grasping it at the 90 degree bend but I’m going to bend that wire up
and over the top jaw of my pliers, away from me. And that makes the start of a
loop. Then I’m going to take my pliers and put the bottom jaw in that loop and
finish pulling the loop around to finish the loop like that. Then I’m going to
grasp the loop across with my round-nose pliers and I’m going to wrap the tail
around the neck of that head pin two times. And what that does is it secures
that loop so that the bead won’t slide off and the loop won’t open. Now I’m
going to take my wire cutters and I’m going to trim that wire and I’ve got a
little end sticking up. This happens a lot when you’re doing wire work. I’m
going to use my chain-nose pliers and I’m just going to press that little end
down just because we don’t want any pokey little pokey ends. And there’s our
first little beaded component, see it there. And we’re going to make two
more of our little dangling components. This time we’re going to use wire. This
is just 24-gauge gold wire. I’m going to cut about a three-inch length of wire
and I’m going to I’ll start with the leaf for fun. I’m going to feed the wire
through my leaf, just like that. And then I’m going to pinch the wire up over the
top of the leaf so that my wire sort of crisscross like that I’m going to bend
one of them 90 degrees and then the other one sort of straight up. And I’m
just using my fingers and fingernails for this. It just makes it easier. Then
I’m going to make a wrapped loop and to do that I’m going to use my round-nose
pliers and I’m going to hold on to that crisscross and I’m going to take the
wire that I’ve bent at a 90 degree angle and I’m going to wrap it around that
neck like that and that way that wire won’t, or the bead won’t, come off. I’m
going to use my wire cutters to trim that little end there. And then I’m going
to make a wrapped loop in the top of this. So to do that I’m going to do what
we just did with that bicone bead, I’m grabbing the wire right above where I
made that first loop, I’m going to bend the wire 90 degrees toward me, reposition
the pliers, wrap the wire up and over that top jaw, reposition to the bottom
jaw, pull the wire around to finish the loop, and then I’m going to wrap the loop
by grasping the loop across with my pliers and pulling the wire around two
times, like that. And these wires kind of overlap each other from the other loop
or the other wrap and that’s just fine. I’m going to trim and then I see I’ve
got a couple ends sticking up here so I’m going to use my chain-nose pliers to
press those ends down so they’re not sticking up. There’s my second little
dangling component. And for my third one I’ve got a briolette bead and it’s kind
of similar to the leaf, so we’re going to do it the same way. I’m going to cut about a three inch piece of wire here. This is of our
24 gauge wire. And I’m going to feed it through the hole in my briolette. I’m
going to do the same thing I did with the leaf which is pinch the wire up and
over the top of that briolette so they crisscross. I’m going to bend one of the
wires 90 degrees like that at the crisscross and the other one I’m just
going to use my fingernail make it kind of stick straight up and then I’m going
to wrap this the same way we’ve been doing. I’m going to use my round-nose
pliers to grasp that little crisscross, pull the wire around the neck like that
to make a little wrap, and then I’m going to trim the wire. And then I’m going to
make a loop: grasp the wire right above where I just made that loop, bend the
wire 90 degrees toward me, reposition the pliers to the top of the bend, pull the
wire around the top jaw, and I’m bending that wire away from me. I’m going to
reposition the pliers to the bottom jaw and then pull that wire around to finish
my loop. So I’ve got a finished loop there. I’m going to grasp the loop across
with my round nose pliers and I’m going to wrap the wire around two times. And
again I’m kind of overlapping or meeting up with that initial wrap that I did. And
now I’m going to use my wire cutters to trim and then I’m going to use my chain
nose pliers to press down any ends that are sticking up, like that. I’m also
going to straighten up my loop a little bit. Here we go. So that’s my third little
dangle. Now it’s the super fun part we’re going to assemble our whole earring with
our special bead, our bird. To do that I’m going to cut about a four inch piece of
my 24-gauge wire and I’m going to make a wrapped loop at one end of
this piece of wire. So I’ve come down probably about an inch there, a little over an inch, and I’m going to bend my wire 90 degrees like I’ve been doing, reposition
the pliers, pull the wire up and over the top jaw, reposition again to the bottom
jaw, and pull the wire around. Now I’ve got a loop. I’m going to grasp the loop
with my pliers and then wrap this little tail around the neck two times. And
that’s my wrapped loop. I’ll use my wire cutters to trim and I’ll use my chain
nose pliers to press that little end down, so I’ve got a little end there.
There we go and now I can assemble my little center component here. We’re
making this piece that we’re going to add these dangles to. So to do that I’ve
got my bicone first and I’m going to slide on my bird and then my second bicone. And now I’m going to start to make my
wrapped loop, but I’m not going to wrap the loop yet. So I’m grasping my wire
right above that bead with my round-nose pliers. I’m going to make a 90 degree
bend, reposition the pliers so they’re at the the top of that bend, I’m gonna pull
the wire up and over that jaw away from me, reposition the pliers so the bottom
jaw is now in the loop, and pull that wire around. But I’m not going to wrap
this loop yet. Instead I’m going to feed on my dangles. So to do that I’ve got my
briolette first then I’ve got my leaf because I kind of want my leaf in the
middle and then my bicone crystal and now I’m gonna kind of pull them down
into that little loop make sure they’re down in my loop like that. See they’re
nestled down in there. I’m going to use my round-nose pliers and I’m going to
grasp the loop across just like I’ve been doing all along. It’s a little bit
trickier with my dangles there but you can just make sure your dangles are down
at the bottom of the loop like that. And now I’m going to wrap the loop by
pulling that tail around this neck two times. And I’m going to trim and I’ll use
my chain nose pliers to press that little end down cause I see I’ve got a
little end sticking out. There we go. And now to make this into a proper earring
we’ve got an earring wire. And what I’m going to do is just slide the loop under
the earring wire and then when I get to the part where it won’t go past I’m
going to use my chain nose pliers to just slightly open that loop until the
bird earring falls down in that little little loop and then I can close it back
up. And now I’ve got a darling pair of Birdy Boho Earrings.