These instructions list the supplies and
tools you'll need and give you some techniques to help you make your
own Cloisonné Heart earrings. My instructions assume you have
tutorial from last month. If you need some specific information, feel
free to go to last month's Charm
is a very simple pair of earrings. Actually, when I started with these
beads, I had something much fancier in mind, but "fancy" took away from
these wonderful beads, so I changed gears and designed these simple but
beautiful drop earrings.
To start off, lets go over the list of tools you'll need for this
tools I recommend are the following:
You may not want
to bother with the tool magic on this small project, if you don't
already have any. Refer to December's tutorial if you're interested in
what all that "blue stuff" is on the tools in the pictures.
You may also want to refer to last
tutorial for information about cutting wire safely, which side of the
wire cutters to use, and other general wire-wrapping information.
Well, now that we've assembled our tools
and chosen our supplies, let's make earrings.....
Start by cutting the lengths of chain
you'll need. I made the first length about an inch, the second one
about 2/3" and the last one about 1/3" long. But you should make the
chains for the first earring longer, so you can play with the length to
see what you like, then when you make your second earring, you actually
count the number of links you used in your first earring, so they'll
Put your heart bead on a headpin, then
the headpin above the heart bead. Use the width of the pliers as a
guide for where to make your 90° angle bend in your headpin. I like
use my pliers as a guide so that the wrapping on all six of the beads
will be the same length.
Now use your needle-nosed pliers to
wire right at the bend, and wrap the wire around the pliers, making the
shape shown here. If this is your first time with wire wrapping it will
probably take you two or three times to get this right - don't get
This is the time to put your chain on
wire. Remember - use chain that is a few links longer than you think
you'll be using, you'll play with the exact length later. By the way,
it's really hard to open and close this size chain, so try to do your
wrapping around the chain, not finish your wrapping and then add the
chain. After you've added the chain, hold the ring with your
needle-nosed pliers as shown.
When you're wrapping the heart shaped
make sure you get the wire wrapped all the way down into the V part of
the heart. When you get past the top of the bead, put the end of the
wire right in the V of the heart as shown here. You'll end up spinning
the bead as you wrap, but it enables you to get into the bottom of the
V. And you may notice that there is no chain in this picture, that's my
mistake. Your chain is supposed to be on the wire at this point.
This is how the heart bead dangling from
chain should look. See how the wire has been cut closely and tucked in?
If you haven't done this before, look at last month's tutorial about
making a charm bracelet to see the steps in closer detail. Anyway, when
you get this bead looking the way you want, repeat this step for the
other beads, making sure you use your longest pieces of chain for the
heart beads. The round beads are much easier to wrap, because you don't
have to deal with the V of the heart.
After you've finished all three of the
you'll want to play with the length of the chains to get them evenly
spaced. Make sure you get a good look at the length of the chains
before you cut off the extra. It doesn't work to hold the chains in
your fingers to do this - hang them together from something - a handy
thing to use is one of the ear wires, as shown (Don't bother putting
them where they go at this point). If you're using clip on earrings and
don't have the ear wires, use an extra head pin. Notice that on this
pair, the center of each of the round beads is even with the top of the
wrapped part of the bead that is the next longer one. When you get the
earring chains a length you like, cut off the extra chain. When you
make the second earring, count the number of links you used on the
first earring to get the two earrings exactly the same length.
When you're ready to put the wires onto
ear wires, carefully open them by using your chain-nosed pliers, grasp
the part of the ear wire that you're going to move, and gently twist it
to the side. DON'T pull it open, or it will break (it may break
anyway). And only twist it a tiny amount as shown in this picture. The
ear wires really do break easily. Before you close the loops, double
check that you have the chains on in the right order (ask me how I know
to put THAT instruction in here!). Hold the earring up and look at it.
The chains should be hanging with the longest ones in back. Once
everything is correct, carefully close the ear wire with your chain
nosed pliers. You'll probably only get one chance to bend these, so
until you're sure of yourself, you'll want to have extra ear wires on
Here's the finished product. Aren't
looking little earrings? I really love them, and I like the idea that
you can make them whatever length you like. Just remember that you'll
need extra chain if you decide to make them much longer than these.
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