*Flat shells (multi colors)
*Pendant being used (2 for pair of earrings)
*Beads (multi colors)
*Jump rings (4 for pair of earrings)
*Needle nose pliers
*Round nose pliers
*Earring 'type' (2)
*Tip 1- Plan It Out* As with all jewelry designs I laid out the design on my bead board before I started doing anything. Had to try out different style gem stones to see which one matched best, as I did not buy any of the beads at the same time. This also includes making sure the clasp and clamp beads match the color pallet.
*Suggestion 2* When finishing the eye loop you should think ahead to whether you plan to use a jump ring to connect the eye loop, or if you are going to connect straight to the eye loop. If you are going to use a jump ring you can go ahead and close the eye loop. If you aren't going to use a jump ring then you should leave the eye loop open a little in order to connect it to what you want.
- Take a head pin and slide on the beads that you would like to use in whatever order you have decided. (see *Tip 1*)
- Use the needle nose pliers to bend the head pin at the top of the bead.
- Use the round nose pliers to create the eye loop. (see *Suggestion 2*)
- Use the wire cutters to remove the extra of the head pin. Set aside for the time being.
- Use the needle nose pliers to open a jump ring. Slide the jump ring onto the bottom of the shell. Then attach the previous made eye loop beads. Then close the jump ring with the needle nose pliers.
-Use the needle nose pliers to open another jump ring. Slide this jump ring into the top of the shell. Then attach the jump ring (see *Suggestion 2*) to whatever type of earring you chose (I picked a hook earring.). Close the jump ring with the needle nose pliers.
-Repeat steps to create second earring.
This will finish the earring set.
I did several types. The black set went to my friend Sarah, the Koi fish pair and the lily pair went to my Mother, and the owl pair were for me.