A Touch of Magic: Angela Finch’s Easy Gemstone Earrings Tutorial
Few gemstones are as well-known or as distinctive as amethyst. Its unique purple coloration sets it apart from the crowd, and makes it perfect for creating stand-out jewellery. As well as being beautiful, it’s also renowned as a meditative and calming stone, believed by some to promote patience, peace and tranquility. And what would we all like a little more of in life (besides time in the craft room)? A little more tranquility would be great!
- Amethyst chips or beads of your choice (approx. 10)
- 2 x Tibetan Silver Star charms
- Pair of Silver plated Copper Earrings
- 2 x Silver Plated Copper Eye Pins
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Flush Cutters
- Looping pliers or round nose pliers
Choose 10 amethyst chips that are of similar sizes and shapes. Gemstone chips are never the same size or shape, this can make creating matching earrings difficult. As long as they are roughly the same size the earrings will work.
Add the amethyst chips to the eye pins. This is a good time to check that the amethyst is the same length on both eye pins. If it isn’t just add chips until it both eye pins look the same.
Bend the eye pin near the end of the amethyst chips, so it is at a right angle to the eye pin. (Tip, not only does it make the next steps easier but it also keeps the chips in place)
Place the 3-step looping pliers close to the amethyst chips, with the eye pin in-between the pliers at the smallest loop.
Close your pliers. This will curve the eye pin.
Turn the pliers to create a loop. The end of the eye pin should now be pointing downwards.
Use your hands to move the end of the eye pin around the pliers to create a loop.
Take the eye pin off the pliers. Use your flat nose pliers to make sure the loop is facing a different way to the eye bit of the pin.
Add the charm by threading it around the loop in the eye pin.
Use the flat nose pliers to hold the loop. Use your other hand to wrap the end of the eye pin around the pin near the base of an amethyst chip. This is called creating a wrapped loop.
Use the flush cutter pliers to cut as close to the wrap as possible.
If that cut feels rough, use the flat nose pliers to gently squeeze that end into the loop.
Take the earrings, and use the flat nose pliers to gently open the loop at the bottom. Do not pull down with the pliers, use them so the loop is opened at an angle, like opening a door.
Attach the loop at the top of the amethyst chips, so it is through the loop in the earring.
Close the loop on the earring using the flat nose pliers. This should be like closing a door. If there is still a gap, then gently close it using the flat nose pliers.
You have now made one earring.
Follow all the steps once more, to create the other piece – and your gorgeous set of amethyst earrings is complete!
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