So, after having to postpone class due to ‘load shedding’, a fairly common occurrence in most of the world except South Africa, (where the government/ electricity supplier turns off the city's electricity to increase their capacity as they have run out and want to collect ours!) class resumed and we fixed the watch that was giving so much trouble.
The watch fits, the battery is in and the time has come for the next project.
We made two pairs of simple earrings, one pair to match the watch and one pair to match a pearl bracelet from the first lesson.
For this project you will need:
2 flat head pins
Beads of your choice, at least 3 for each earring (not more than 5)
First step is to put your beads onto your pin in the order you want them.
Now using a flat nose or chain nose pliers place the point just above the beads and bend the pin to 90 degrees. Do this with both earrings.
Measure off 1cm (1/2 inch) and cut the excess. Use either your beading board or a tape measure.
Using your needle nose pliers, create a loop. Hold your pliers with the cut end of the pin near the middle without anything sticking out.
You should now have loops on the top.
Taking your earring hook, open the loop by turning it open slightly. Do not pull the loop open as you will not be able to make it into a neat loop again. Slip the loop into the earring loop and twist the loop closed again. I found the picture below better than any photo I could take and it shows you the right way to open and close the loop.
Your earring is now complete.
Enjoy wearing it!