Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. . Shades of cream, blush, coral and warm reds.
Tulip Heart Earrings
by Nancy Chase
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): General Education
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Shades of cream, blush, coral and warm reds. Classic gold, mother-of-pearl; our hearts drop resting on these swingy chains. A perfect set of earrings for a romantic evening.

Materials

Gold Filled Head Pins (020) 24GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
J8-32
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.06
  • Gold Club Price: $4.55
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Gold Filled Ball & Coil Earwire 22mm - Pack of 2
J19-19
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.48
  • Gold Club Price: $2.61
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Gold Filled Jump Ring Closed (.025) 22ga. 4.2mm - Pack of 25
J11-168
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $22.48
  • Gold Club Price: $16.86
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mother-of-pearl heart shaped beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
coral rice beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 6.00 each
coral small square beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
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Tools

4-1/2 Inch Chain Nosed Pliers with Ergonomic Handles
G2-68
  • G2-68
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Acculoop Precision Round Nose
PLR-741.00
  • PLR-741.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Instructions
Step 1
Begin by laying out the pattern on a work mat. A work mat helps to make sure the beads do not roll off the surface you are working on.
Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , lay out all your materials
Step 2:
Making the links
Thread a rice bead onto each headpin. Use chain-nose pliers to bend one headpin wire to a 90 degree angle about 3/4 inch away from the end of the wire.
Make a loop with the round nose pliers at the top of the bend in the wire, forming a circle.
Hold the loop with a pair of chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire tightly around the wire stem. Make two loops around the stem, then make a flush cut, to cut off any remaining wire.
Prevent a sharp edge from sticking out from the link by pressing the end firmly with chain nose pliers to flatten it into the bead link.
Pro Tip: Flush cut - Flush cutters have a flat side to the blade, and a concave side. You want the end that will be a part of your piece to have a flat, or flush end for a smooth cut to your wire design. Place the flat side of the cutters against your work, and the extra to be cut off on the concave side.
Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings - Making the links, Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , make a wrapped loop on each wire
Step 3
Slide each bead up to the first wrapped loop. Hold the bead close to the stem of the loop. Make another wire wrapped loop at this end of the bead. Repeat this same process to make a loop, cut off any remaining wire, including the end of the headpin. Alternatively, you could use 24-gauge wire from a spool.

Repeat this process for all the remaining beads. You should have 2 beads strands with 3 coral beads each.
Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , make another wrapped loop
Step 4
Thread one head pin with one coral cube bead then one heart shaped bead. Make a wire wrapped loop at the top of the heart shaped bead. Repeat with the second heart drop.
Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , string on a red bead and heart bead
Step 5
Open all eight jump rings using both sets of chain-nose pliers. Starting with the top bead, place them in between each of the beads, and the heart drops.
Use one pair of chain nose pliers to hold one jump ring and add two bead links. Place the closed loop of the first bead link into the open jump ring, then the second. Using both pair of pliers, close the jump ring around both wire loops. Continue to add each of the bead links to the jump rings, closing each jump ring as you go along the chain.

Add the final jump rings to each end of the rice bead chain. A heart drop closed loop is added to one end of the bead chain, close the loop. Then add the ear wire loop to the jump ring and the top closed loop of the bead chain. Repeat to finish the pair.

Feel the chain link for any outstanding wires to trim and flatten as needed.
Nancy Chase's Tulip Heart Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , put all the components together with jump rings