Introduction: Sunburst Filigree Earring
- 2 Dapped Lotus Filigree
- 2 Flat Lotus Filigree
- 4 7-8mm beads
- 48 2mm round beads or 8/0 seed beads
- 6 4x5mm oval jump rings
- 1 pair lever backs
- 48 inches beading wire
- 3 inches 22 gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
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Step 1: Prepare Lengths of Beading and Metal Wire
Cut a 24 inch length of wire. Set Aside. Cut the 22 gauge wire into two 1 1/2 inch pieces. Set aside.
Step 2: Attach 7mm Bead to Filigree
Use one of the flexible wire lengths to string on a 7mm bead. Sew the bead to the center of one of the dapped flowers, leaving a 4-inch tail. Tie the ends into a tight square knot at the back of the flower. Don't trim the ends.
Step 3: Add Beads to Petals
Pass the flexible wire up through the flower to exit from a filigree hole at the base of the petal. String on four 2 mm beads and pass down through the petal's point, opposite from where you exited. Pass up through the hole on the other side of the petal point, string on four more 2 mm beads, and pass down through the filigree at the base of the petal. Skip a filigree petal and pass up through the base of the next petal. Repeat this step twice to add beads to the third and fifth petal.
Step 4: Attach Filigrees Together With Jump Ring
Stack the beaded flower with a flat flower, back touching and petals aligned. Use jump rings to connect the unbeaded petal points to their flat filigree mates. Set aside.
Step 5: Create a 7mm Bead Link
Form a simple loop at one end of one of the wire pieces. Slip on one 7 mm bead and form another simple loop to secure the bead. Set the link aside.
Step 6: Connect Link to Filigree and Ear Wire
Connect the end of the link to a jump ring on the flower. Connect the other end of the link to an ear wire.
Step 7: Repeat to Make Second Earring
Repeat steps 3 through 7 to make second earring.
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