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DIY Mother's Day Gift

by Angela Finch



Treat your mother to a handcrafted gift this Mother’s Day - a beautiful pair of simple yet elegant gemstone earrings made lovingly by you!

  • Jewellery Making
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You will need:

  • Amethyst chips approx. 10
  • 2 x Tibetan Silver Star charms
  • Pair of Silver plated Copper Earrings
  • 2 x Silver Plated Copper Eye Pins
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Beadsmith 3 step looping pliers or round nose pliers

Method:

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    Amethyst Star Earrings

    Choose 10 amethyst chips that are of similar sizes and shapes. Gemstone chips are never the same size or shape, this can make creating matching earrings difficult. As long as they are roughly the same size the earrings will work.

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    Amethyst Star Earrings

    2. Add the amethyst chips to the eye pins. This is a good time to check that the amethyst is the same length on both eye pins. If it isn’t just add chips until it both eye pins look the same.

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    Amethyst Star Earrings

    3. Bend the eye pin near the end of the amethyst chips, so it is at a right angle to the eye pin.
    (Tip, not only does it make the next steps easier but it also keeps the chips in place).

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    4. Place the 3 step looping pliers close to the amethyst chips, with the eye pin in-between the pliers at the smallest loop.

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    5. Close your pliers. This will curve the eye pin.

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    6. Turn the pliers to create a loop. The end of the eye pin should now be pointing downwards.

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    7. Use your hands to move the end of the eye pin around the pliers to create a loop.

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    8. Take the eye pin off the pliers. Use your flat nose pliers to make sure the loop is facing a different way to the eye bit of the pin.

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    9. Add the charm by threading it around the loop in the eye pin.

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    Amethyst Star Earrings

    9. Add the charm by threading it around the loop in the eye pin.

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    12. Use the flush cutter pliers to cut as close to the wrap as possible.

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    13. If that cut feels rough, use the flat nose pliers to gently squeeze that end into the loop.

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    14. Take the earrings, and use the flat nose pliers to gently open the loop at the bottom. Do not pull down with the pliers, use them so the loop is opened at an angle, like opening a door.

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    15. Attach the loop at the top of the amethyst chips, so it is through the loop in the earring.

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    16. Close the loop on the earring using the flat nose pliers. This should be like closing a door. If there is still a gap, then gently close it using the flat nose pliers.

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    17. You have now made one earring. Follow all the steps one more to create the other pair.