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Flower Headpin Earring Tutorial

July 18, 2016 , In: Glass, Inspiration, Tutorials
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I’ve been making these cute flower headpins for a while now, and while I love to make beads and components, I rarely make jewelry anymore.  I decided I wanted to write a tutorial for something you could make with these!

So of course it took me a while to come up with something, but I really like what I made!  Here is your supply list:

  •  pliers
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • cutters 

You’ll also need the following components:
  

  • glass flower headpin
  • glass lampwork spacer bead
  • czech picasso bead in blue
  • copper round
  • copper or brass filigree beadcap

First, add the filigree beadcap onto the headpin.  The beadcap is round and this headpin is not, so you’ll need to manipulate the beadcap to fit onto the glass part of the headpin.  It’s rather simple to do – just use your pliers to gently bend the beadcap onto the glass flower, and then when you’ve got it going, use your fingers to finish the job! Don’t bend too hard with the pliers or you’ll mar the beadcap.

Here’s what it looks like bent over.  Then the rest is simple – string the beads onto the copper headpin with the lampwork spacer first, then the czech bead, and then the copper round.

Finally, make a wrapped look and add your ear wires and you’re done!  I quite like these earrings, they are very summery and nice and solid without being too weighty.

You can find the flower headpins in my etsy store, SueBeads.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
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