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Step 4: Putting it all together

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1. Using a jump ring, attach the earring hook to an open eye pin. 

2.  Slide the eye pin through the center of the hilt until the top of the hilt touches the jump ring (the jump ring should keep it from moving up anymore).

3.  Cut the wire sticking out of the bottom of the hilt about 1/2 inch long.  Using the needle nose pliers, make a loop but don't quite close it all the way.  This loop should be big enough to keep the hilt from sliding down, so it needs to be larger than the loop you made on the top of the blade.

4. Hook the blade into the loop at the bottom of the hilt and then use the pliers to close it completely.

5. Repeat for the second earring.

Tips:

-to easily cut the soda can, use a large pair of scissors to cut the top and bottom off, then cut the middle to make one large piece.  It is much easier to cut smaller pieces from a large piece.  When cutting out the hilts, try to cut the sides in only one swipe to make them smooth and straight.

-To make different types of hilts try using different colors of embroidery floss or even things like string, wire, leather etc.  Add more bead buttons to the hilt and/or make them different colors.  Try using jump and split rings of different finishes to make patterns (mix of brass and dark split rings slipped on in a pattern would make a good hilt but you'd need to make sure to glue them down).  Experiment with different types of jewelry findings.  You could also try staining/painting the hilt once it's rolled to change the color.

-If the blade of your earring doesn't seem to be hanging straight, it's probably that the loop attaching the blade to the hilt isn't quite right.  Adjust it with the pliers until the blade hangs properly.

-You could leave off the blade all together to make a smaller hilt-only charm or earring.

-You don't HAVE to make a matching set - maybe Darth Vader red on one ear and Luke Skywalker green on the other? ;)

-This is a great picture of the most famous Star Wars lightsabers with close up of the hilts, if you need some inspiration!
 
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