Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. While I was threading pearls onto headpins for another project, the way they were lying on the table brought this idea to me.
Nailed Pearl Earrings
by Albina Manning
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
While I was threading pearls onto headpins for another project, the way they were lying on the table brought this idea to me. Of course, you can change the color of the pearls or the metal; or even use crystal beads instead of pearls, to alter this "cluster" design. Making an ear hook from a headpin really saves time too, because its end is already filed!

Materials

8-10mm Large Hole (1.2mm) White Double Shine Fresh Water Pearls - Pack of 20
A8-03
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Slide one pearl on one 3/4" headpin. Do this six times.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding six pearls to six headpins.
Step 2
Using round nose pliers, make a simple loop on the end of one pearled headpin (headpin 1).
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Round nose pliers making loop on headpin.
Step 3
Insert another pearled headpin, headpin 2, into the loop just made on headpin 1.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding pearl to the loop made.
Step 4
Make a simple loop on the end of headpin 2.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Chain nose pliers to make another loop on the second headpin.
Step 5
Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until you have a cluster of six pearls.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Repeating the steps before for all pieces.
Step 6
To make an ear hook from a headpin: Using round nose pliers and a 2" headpin, place the tip of the pliers very close to the "head" of the headpin. Roll the round nose pliers, making a loop that resembles the letter P at the end of the headpin.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Making a ear hook with round nose pliers.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Making a ear hook with round nose pliers.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Making a ear hook with round nose pliers.
Step 7
Using either the widest part of round nose pliers, or 6-step barrel pliers, or even just a round pencil, bend the headpin's wire end around, forming a hook.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Form a hook.
Step 8
Approximately 1/4" from the end of the headpin, use chain nose pliers to slightly bend the tip of the wire away from the loop.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Chain nose pliers slightly bending the hook of the wire away from the loop.
Step 9
Attach the newly-created ear hook to the last loop on the nailed pearls. Make the other earring in the same manner.
Albina Manning's Nailed Pearl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Attaching the pieces.