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Seascape Earrings | DIY Tutorial

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When I look at these beautiful Black Gold Amazonite ovals, I see an image of a deep, wave-capped ocean with a blue sky above, like a 19th century seascape painting.

Seascape with Storm Coming On c.1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04445
J.M.W. Turner, Seascape with Storm Coming On, unfinished 1840 painting. Courtesy of the Tate Museum.

This style of semi-precious stone beads are often used as a whole strand, or as part of a larger piece, but I wanted to make something to showcase the individual beauty of each stone. I decided to delicately suspend these 13x18mm ovals in hammered gold drops using fine chain. I think they turned out very simple and incredibly beautiful—all thanks to the incredible quality of the Black Gold Amazonite. Try making a pair to show off your favorite stone today.

Materials

Instructions

SeascapeEarringsSteps1

  1. Hammer the wire frames flat.
  2. Add oval stone bead to an eye pin and make a loop on top—the loops on the bottom and top should face opposite directions from each other, as you see in the picture.
  3. Open the bottom loop of the eye pin and attach to bottom of wire frame.

SeascapeEarringsSteps2

4. Cut a length of chain that is 10 links long.

5. Attach bottom of chain to top loop of eye pin.

6. Use a jump ring to attach top of chain to top loop of wire frame. Use pliers to slightly flatten the jump ring so it sits more flush with the wire frame: see picture above.

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7. Attach earwires directly to top loop of wire frame, or attach with jump rings for more movement.

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