DIY make a loop over a horizontally drilled bead or pearl
For our example with earrings we worked
with the following jewellery materials:
Horizontally drilled beads.
The glass beads shown in the pictures are
available in various colours on Smyks.com.
2 x 5cm silver-plated beading wire
with a diameter of 0.5mm.
Alternatively, you can use a headpin.
Round-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers, side-cutter pliers.
All three pairs of pliers are available as a jewellery tool set.
Take a headpin or a piece of metallic thread and
thread it through the hole in the bead.
On one side the wire sticking out has to be
longer than on the other.
Bend the wire along the two sides of the bead.
Coss the wires above the bead.
Shape a loop with the longer piece of wire using
the round-nose pliers.
(For instructions see: How to make a loop)
Hold the short piece of wire and the loop
in place using a pair of flat-nose pliers.
The short piece of wire will be encased,
once the windings are finished.
Form to windings around the short piece of wire
underneath the loop and the short excess
piece of wire.
Best suited for doing this are flat-nosed pliers
or chain-nosed pliers,
but round-nosed pliers will do, too.
Work downwards starting directly underneath
the loop down to the bead.
Be accurate and pay attention to that the
windings are even and next to each other.
This is how it should look like once the
two windings are finished.
Cut the remaining piece of wire off with
side-cutter pliers, as close as you can.
Then you press the to wire ends inwards
so that they do not stick out.
Open the earwires with the flat-nosed pliers.
First, you hang the filigree pendant on the earwire.
Then, you insert the bead.
Press the earwire together again with the
chain-nosed pliers so the pendants will not fall out.
Your lovely earrings are done!