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Temple Bells Earrings

Temple Bells Earrings

Designed by Mary W. Bailey © 2010

Skill Level: Beginner

Technique: Wire Wrapping with Chain

While I was researching a book on Tibetan jewelry, I became fascinated with their style of temple bells. Thinking about how to recreate these ornamental instruments, I thought, Aha! Bead cones! Thus I am pleased to present to you the following earring pattern. Although I used sterling silver for this pattern, my prototype was created in copper (which I personally prefer, due to the color variation).

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Instructions

  1. Following Sherrie's tutorial on Cutting Chain, cut two each of the following chain lengths: 1¼", 1", ⅝".
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  2. Straighten, measure and cut two 3" pieces of round half hard wire.
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  3. From the end of each 3" wire, measure up¾" and mark. At this mark begin a loop. Thread one of each chain length into the loop and then wrap the loop closed.
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  4. Slide a 3mm round bead onto the wire, on top of the wrapped loop; then the decorative bead cone and finally a 4mm round bead.
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  5. Use chain nose pliers to hold the wire immediately above the 4mm bead and bend the wire over the top of the pliers jaw. Make a wrapped loop, holding all of the components together. Add your favorite ear wires and enjoy!
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