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Spring Nocturne
New Leaf Earrings

Designed by  Molly Schaller

These earrings are part of the March 2019
Pretty Palette design challenge!

Click to get inspired with an modern spring palette of Bead Gallery® beads
from the Halcraft Collection and learn how you can play along! 

Designed by Molly Schaller , featuring Bead Gallery® beads 

Available exclusively at www.halcraftcollection.com

Materials:
4 4mm royal blue opaque Czech fire-polished glass rounds  
28 11/0 yellow lined Czech glass seed beads
54 2mm black with hematine half coat Czech glass fire-polished faceted rounds
24” 24-gauge German style wire, gold color
2 gold ear wires
2 6mm gold jump rings
16” 20-gauge German style wire, gold color

Tools:
 
Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Hammer

Level of difficulty: intermediate 

Time: 2+ hours

Instructions:
1. Cut the 20-gauge wire into two 8” pieces.
2. Fold one piece of wire in half, bringing the two ends of the wire together. Use chain-nose pliers to pinch the “V” of the wire together.
3. Open the ends of the wire to form a leaf shape. Bend the wire into a shape you like and make a wrapped loop at the top of the “leaf.”
4. Use a hammer to flatten, give texture to, and harden the wire.
5. Cut a 6” piece of 24-gauge wire. Wrap the tail once around the leaf frame near the point of the leaf and string a 4mm blue bead. Wrap the long tail of the wire around the leaf to secure the bead to the leaf frame.
6. String 7 yellow lined seed beads. Bend the wire around the contour of the blue bead and wrap the long tail of the wire around the leaf frame.
7. String 8 2mm black fire-polished faceted beads. Bend the wire so that it follows the contour of the yellow beads you just strung. Wrap the wire around the frame to hold the beads to the frame.
8. Trim wire and flatten to the frame with chain-nose pliers.
9. Repeat steps 6-7 on the other side of the leaf frame with a second 6” piece of 24-gauge wire. String 11 2mm black fire-polished faceted beads and bend the wire to follow the contour of the previous strand of beads. Wrap wire around the leaf frame. Flatten the wire to the frame and trim any excess wire.
10. Use a jump ring to attach the beaded leaf to the ear wire.
11. Repeat steps 1-10 to create a second earring.

Molly Schaller is a beaded jewelry designer and craft industry consultant who loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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