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Tahitian DeLite Earrings Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Carefully set prongs over the stones using flat-nose pliers. (Nylon jaw pliers can help prevent chipping or scratching.) For step-by-step instructions, see link at bottom of tutorial.
On each 2" head pin, add a tiny bead cap, 4mm pearl, tiny metal bead, 6mm pearl, tiny metal bead, 8mm pearl and another metal spacer. Some of the metal spacers have holes too small - set aside for another project. (Or use a thinner head pin; I prefer the sturdiness of thicker head pins.)
Use one-step looper to form nice consistent loops on each head pin.
Use round-nose pliers to tighten/re-shape head pin loops and bottom loop of setting before connecting.
Slightly twist loop at bottom of ear wire sideways, add setting, and close securely.
See Jewelry Basics 101 below for step-by-step instructions on securely opening and closing loops.
1 strand (use 6 beads) #26-840-10-AB Antiqued Brass Beads, Cornerless Cube, 2-3mm - Special Purchase These 2mm "cornerless cubes" are not always available, and sometimes have tiny holes, so you might prefer the slightly larger (and more consistent) #26-473-6 (3mm antiqued brass plated cornerless cube beads).
1 hundred (use 2 pieces) #37-099-20-6 Antiqued Brass Plated Ball End Head Pin, Standard, 2"