Monday, February 23, 2009

Jewellery Making: Two loop projects

Now you know how to make a loop on a head pin. So why not learn to make a loop on the other end? You can cut off the pin part of the head and make a loop so you have two loops per post or you can buy some eye pins and have a loop pre-made.

Why bother doing this? Because now you can make some awesome bracelets and even longer or more elaborate hanging earrings. The picture to the left is of my Green Hearts earrings (yeah, I know, lame name). They're basic, but I like them!

WHAT TO KNOW (see yesterday's post)
Know how to put beads on a head or eye pin
How to open a jump ring
How to make a loop on a head pin

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
How to make a ring at either end of a head pin or how to use an eye pin. By learning this technique, you are learning how to make longer earrings or how to make your own charms and attach them to a bracelet. It's a great technique to learn for making chandelier earrings.

AN ASIDE...
What's an eye pin? Look right...we have three pins here. The first is a head pin with a fancy head on it (great for molecules!) The second is your regular head pin. The third is the eye pin. It has a loop on the bottom instead of a head. Yeah, this might seem obvious, but if you're a beginner (like me!) sometimes seeing what you are looking for really helps!

SUPPLIES
2 small hearts of any colour
2 small bicone crystals of a complementary colour
2 larger hearts (you can get these foiled types or other hearts)
2 eye pins
2 head pins
4 jump rings
2 shepherd hooks

EQUIPMENT
Pliers
Wire cutters

BACK TO THE PROJECT
Take your head pin and thread it through the large heart. Make the loop at the top.

Take your eye pin and thread the crystal through first, then the smaller heart. Make a loop at the top.

Open up your jump ring and attach the two pieces together. Now open up a jump ring and thread it through the top loop, then through the hole in the earring, then close it. You're done!

PROJECTS YOU CAN DO WITH THESE TWO TECHNIQUES AND THE MAKING A LOOP AT BOTH ENDS TECHNIQUES

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