Materials and Tools
- 12 8mm freshwater pearl beads
- 12 3/4" head pins, in a gauge that fits your chosen pearls
- 2 2" 21-gauge head pins
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Slide one pearl on one 3/4" headpin. Do this six times.
- Using round nose pliers, make a simple loop on the end of one pearled headpin (headpin 1).
- Insert another pearled headpin, headpin 2, into the loop just made on headpin 1.
- Make a simple loop on the end of headpin 2.
- Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until you have a cluster of six pearls.
- To make an ear hook from a headpin: Using round nose pliers and a
2" headpin, place the tip of the pliers very close to the "head" of
the headpin. Roll the round nose pliers, making a loop that resembles
the letter P at the end of the headpin.
- Using either the widest part of round nose pliers, or 6-step
barrel pliers, or even just a round pencil, bend the headpin's wire end
around, forming a hook.
- Approximately 1/4" from the end of the headpin, use chain nose pliers to slightly bend the tip of the wire away from the loop.
- Attach the newly-created ear hook to the last loop on the nailed pearls. Make the other earring in the same manner.