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First tutorial: Making pearl earrings

This is follow-up to So, so,so many pearls... Everywhere I left some things from it on purpose, to write about those now. If you are new with this, it's easier to understand things, when you can also see those. So will, see how my first tutorial will work! By the way, I'm always said that try cheaper options, but these pearls left golden shimmer into my fingers. First time for everything.


So, what to use? I had a scissors, a small pliers, a fishing wire, tape, seed pearls, diamonds that you can saw, 2 not locks, and 2 earring's hooks. It isn't ever easy to decide, how much fishing rod to use. This is something you will learn in time, but for this I used about 2m/6". If you have less then you need, there is possibility, that you might need to start whole work all over, because you can't end the original wire and add new one with the way, it'll looks nice and not break up. Otherwise, when you have more wire it will twist and mat. Not locks can look different what I used, but they all are for hiding the nots and for connecting hook or regular jewellery lock.




I use tape for ends. It's easy way to keep pearls to not falling out from other end, while working. And also good way, if you have to leave your work to wait. You can just tape the second end and leave it to wait. You could use, a not, but fishing wire is slippery and it doesn't stick that well, plus it's hard to open if needed. At beginning add one seed pearl and the diamond. I used the side that has only one hole in every side, but it's really optional, or you can use bigger pearl to replace it.



Add seed pearls to wire. The amount depends how long you want the earring to be.  The length is half of the amount you use, because you turn it to U-shape. I often poor the pearls to my hand and collect them using wire. It's hard enough to work like needle.



Finish the U-shape taking the wire into diamonds hole, then into a seed pearl above it and again back to diamond. When you pull the wire, you should have solid drop shape



Repeat the last step, but do little smaller drop.



For now on, you can be really creative what you do. I started new pearl string, but didn't do it to drop. I added that to first drop. Do it putting wire into those pearls, at where you want add it. I usually put it into three pearls, but this is optional and also the way to move to work to other Place without letting anything to others to see. Just remember that wire fits only about three times in seed pearls. If you are doing something bigger and will need more flexibility about this, you have to use string. There is actual strings for jewellery making, but I often just use regular sawing string, but putting it doubled.

Remember to tighten it always when you'll do something new. But not too hard or you can't fit wire between the pearls. Now just keep adding hoops and drops as long you are happy how it looks!


For finishing, you need to bring wire again to the diamond. Took tape off and put a not lock on.  Make a not. I use first regular not, then a not sliding not and then a not. You can secure it with super clue if you want, but then you need to be really careful and not get that to the not lock.



Use pliers to close the lock and then you can cut extra wire off. Add hook to lock and close the connecting loop with pliers. You should have your first earring. When you are doing the second, it doesn't has to be exactly same with this style. Just same length so you might want to count pearls in first loop. Try also make those to be as full using about same amount of pearls. @FromMadeByMeri









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