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Jewelry Basics - Finishing Earrings

This video includes learning the simple loop and ear wire technique. Desigers Note: These simple earrings are constructed from the beads we made in the Sculpey University Jewelry Basics – Creating Opal Beads: Project and Video by Amy Koranek
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Silvertone 2” head pins (2) Silver tone ear wires (2) Clear crystal beads (2) Round nose pliers Wire cutters

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Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Baking:
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
String one of the Opal beads onto a head pin. Make sure the head pin does not slip into the hole of the bead. If it does, you can string on a little seed bead first before the clay bead.
String on a crystal bead next. Trim the head pin about 3/4â€ from the crystal bead with wire cutters.
Using the round nose pliers, bend the tip of the head pin down into a little hook.
Continue turning the little hook down toward the crystal with the round nose pliers. Make a little loop just above the crystal. I make my loops about 1.5 revolutions so that nothing can slip off of them. Once the loop is turned all the way down to the top of the crystal, bend the loop just back enough so that the loop is centered above the wire.
Using pliers, open up the loop on the ear wire by twisting it open like a jump ring. String the loop in the head pin onto the ear wire. Close the ear wire. Repeat the entire process to make a second earring and enjoy!