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Elegant and Romantic Heart Earrings to Make for Yourself or Someone Special

Updated on February 1, 2017
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Margaret Schindel has designed, created and sold one-of-a-kind and custom handcrafted jewelry for decades. She loves sharing her techniques.

These beautiful heart themed earrings are the perfect accessory to dress up a simple outfit. They also make a wonderful gift for a special occasion like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, a birthday or anniversary, or just to say "I love you" to someone special. This simple, step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make a pair in a less than an hour!

The design features jointed dangles to create movement, so the crystal beads sparkle and shine. For extra glitz, you can replace the corrugated silver rondelle tire beads with silver-plated crystal rondelle spacers. And whether you use sterling silver findings and rare vintage beads and Swarovski crystals, as I did, or substitute less expensive beads, the earrings you make will look like a million bucks.

Make these beautiful, easy heart dangle earrings to wear or give as a Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, anniversary or birthday gift.
Make these beautiful, easy heart dangle earrings to wear or give as a Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, anniversary or birthday gift. | Source

Change the Bead Colors to Change the Look

You can change the appearance of these earrings quite a bit just by choosing different colors to suit your preference or coordinate with a special outfit. You can easily adapt the design for bridal earrings by substituting clear crystal or CZ heart beads for the red hearts. Or if you're a bride to be, choose heart beads and/or round faceted beads in your wedding colors and make several pairs as gifts for your bridesmaids or maid of honor.

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What You Will Need for This Project

Time required: 20–60 minutes, depending on jewelry making experience level

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Varies depending on beads, findings and tools selected and purchased vs. on-hand

Materials:

  • Two silver 1.5" head pins, 23 or 24 gauge. I prefer using sterling silver but you can also use silverplated pins.

  • Two silver 2" eye pins, 23 or 24 gauge. Again, I use sterling eye pins but you can use silverplated ones if you prefer.

  • Two 4.5 mm silver corrugated rondelle tire beads OR two 4–6 mm clear crystal and silver rondelle spacer beads for more glitz.

  • One pair of silver earring findings. These can your choice of lever back, fish hook, post or clip earrings, just make sure they each have a loop for hanging the dangle.

  • Eight 3 mm pearls, cream or white. You can use natural freshwater pearls or high-quality glass pearls. Swarovski makes beautiful glass pearls in a wide range of colors.

  • Two clear crystal 3 mm bicone beads, preferably Preciosa crystal or Swarovski crystal Xilion bicones (style 5328) for the best clarity and sparkle.

  • Four clear crystal 4 mm bicone beads. Again, the Preciosa crystal bicones or Swarovski crystal Xilion bicone beads style 5328 are the best choice.

  • Two 7 x 5 mm or 8 x 6 mm vertically drilled jet black faceted glass teardrop beads, either Czech fire polish or vintage Swarovski crystal teardrop beads.

  • Two vertically drilled 12 mm red glass heart shaped beads. If you can't find 12 mm heart-shaped beads, you can substitute any size between 10 mm and 14 mm, although obviously the proportions of the design will change.

  • Two 8 mm jet black faceted round crystal beads, preferably Swarovski or Preciosa crystal for the best sparkle. Alternatively you could substitute jet fire polished glass beads.

Tools:

  • Bead board AKA beading board with flocked surface (optional but recommended)

  • Very fine pearl reamer (if using natural pearls)

  • Nylon-jaw pliers (optional)

  • Two pairs of pliers, your choice of bent-nose, chain-nose and/or needle-nose pliers (I recommend using at least one bent-nose pair)

  • Round-nose pliers

  • Standard size crimping pliers (for 2 mm crimp beads)

  • Small, sharp, tapered or angled flush cutters

Choosing Jewelry Pliers and Other Basic Tools

As a jewelry designer, I own a large collection of pliers, including a few that are quite expensive. If you aren't a jewelry professional, you certainly don't need to invest in top-of-the-line tools. If you are very new to making beaded jewelry or only create a few pieces a year, you probably can make do with inexpensive "economy" pliers from the crafts store. But if you enjoy creating these types of projects and plan to make them frequently, you'll probably get more than your money's worth by buying a few pairs of reasonably priced, good quality pliers. They can help you work more comfortably and achieve better, more professional looking results faster and easier than you could with cheap, poor quality tools. There are also some inexpensive tools that work fine. I'll share which types of tools I think are worth spending a bit more on and which ones are fine to use cheap versions.

The Tools I Used in This Project

I'll start with two of my favorites. The first is the Baby Wubbers Fine Round Nose Jewelry Pliers. The short, cushioned handles fit my small hands very comfortably, and as you can see in the step-by-step photos, the narrow tips make it easy to form very small, neat loops at the tops of the head pins and eye pins that don't distract from the beads or the design. In addition, the jaws of these Baby Wubbers pliers are less likely than most others to mar fine gauge wire, such as the thin 23 or 24 gauge wire head pins and eye pins in these earrings. I recommend these highly for people with small hands and for projects that use lightweight wire. Wubbers also makes full-length version of these fine round nose jewelry pliers that are great for people with medium- to large-size hands and for forming heavier gauge wire.

I also used a Xuron 450BN Bent Nose Pliers. What I love most about these is that their tips are shorter and narrower than those of most other bent-nose pliers I've tried. I use them much more often than I did my previous bent-nose pliers, in large part because the short, narrow bent tips make opening and closing jump rings—especially small, lightweight rings—so much easier!

The pliers and cutters with the two-tone light blue and black handles are made by Excelta. They're designed for comfort and precision work (albeit in the microelectronics industry), so they're a very good choice for jewelry making and very well priced. The company changed the material it uses for the grips (the parts that cover the handles) after I purchased my set about six or seven years ago. I don't own any with the newer, single-color aqua grips, so I can't confirm the manufacturer's claim that the new material is an improvement. However, assuming the company hasn't changed anything else, I can definitely vouch for the quality of the pliers for jewelry making purposes. They're certainly not top-of-the-line, like Tronex or Swanstrom, but for anyone who isn't a full-time jewelry professional, they're a great option.

Which Tools Can You Cheap Out On?

For a couple of tools, there are inexpensive models that work fine for most projects. For example, the Hakko CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter makes nice, clean, flush cuts on fine to medium gauge soft wire and is ridiculously cheap. And I've been using the same pair of fairly inexpensive crimping pliers for probably fifteen years. (True, they don't work as well as they used to, but they still work well enough for me to get by until I can afford to upgrade them.) Put the money you save on those into getting better quality round nose, chain nose, flat nose and bent nose pliers.

Choose Function Over Looks

Don't feel you need to buy a matching set of tools from a single brand or line. As with kitchen knives, you can often get better quality for the same or less money by choosing each type of pliers you need individually and mixing and matching.

Step 1: Set Up Your Work Area

Create Your Jewelry "Mise en Place"

In the culinary world, "mise en place" refers to setting up the kitchen work space and doing all the prep work for each ingredient before the chef begins to cook, so that everything is ready to use and where it belongs. I find it very helpful to go through a similar setup, selecting, setting out and organizing whatever materials, tools, supplies and equipment I will need before beginning any type of project, be it jewelry, crafts, painting or DIY. If any of the materials need to be prepped before using, this is the time to do it.

  • Choose someplace with good natural light, or use a task lamp with a good daylight bulb. I recommend using some form of magnification whenever you are doing a jewelry making project.
  • Choose and set out the beads and findings you will use. I almost always design jewelry projects on a flocked bead board with channels and recessed compartments to keep the materials organized. The flocked surface prevents the beads from rolling around and, very likely, off the work surface and onto the floor (voice of experience here!).
  • Place the pliers, cutters and whatever else you need within easy reach.
  • If one of the eye pins or head pins you will be using is curved or slightly bent, take a moment to straighten it by pulling it through nylon jaw pliers three or four times, rotating the wire approximately 1/4 turn between passes.
  • If using natural pearls, check to see whether the holes are large enough for the head pins and eye pins to fit through. If necessary, widen the hole slightly with a very fine wire pearl reamer, dipping the tip of the reamer in water frequently to lubricate it and rinse away the material you removed from the hole.

Beads and findings for making the romantic Queen of Hearts beaded heart drop earrings in this tutorial.
Beads and findings for making the romantic Queen of Hearts beaded heart drop earrings in this tutorial. | Source

Step 2: Make the Bottom Section of the Dangles

Each earring dangle is made up of two sections that are attached to form a hinged joint to add extra movement. We'll start by making the bottom section of each dangle.

Slide the Beads Onto the Head Pin

Thread the following beads in order onto a head pin:

  • One 3 mm crystal bicone bead

  • One 7 mm x 5 mm faceted glass teardrop bead

  • One 3 mm pearl

Threading the beads onto the head pin for the bottom part of the beaded dangle
Threading the beads onto the head pin for the bottom part of the beaded dangle | Source

Bend the Excess Head Pin Wire to Start a Wrapped Loop

Use the remaining wire that extends above the beads the create a wrapped loop:

  • Grasp the head pin just above the beads with chain nose, needle nose or fine bent nose pliers.

  • Use your fingers to bend the rest of the wire over one jaw of the pliers at a 90-degree angle.

  • Remove the dangle from the pliers.

Making the 90-degree bend in the wire of the beaded head pin
Making the 90-degree bend in the wire of the beaded head pin | Source

Make the First Half of the Loop

  • Hold the bent "leg" of the wire between the tips of the round-nose pliers, placing them right against the bend you just made.

  • Hold the end of the wire with your fingers and pull it over and around the top jaw of the pliers, making a partial loop.

Making the top half of the wire wrapped loop
Making the top half of the wire wrapped loop | Source

Make the Second Half of the Loop

  • Re-position the pliers so the tips are holding the top, rather than the bottom, of the partial loop you just made.
    • Tip: Don't hold the jaws closed too tightly or they will likely mar the wire.

Repositioning the round nose pliers in the top half of the wire loop
Repositioning the round nose pliers in the top half of the wire loop | Source
  • Pull the wire the rest of the way around to complete the loop, with the remaining tail extending at a 90-degree angle.

Completing the loop at the top of the beaded headpin
Completing the loop at the top of the beaded headpin | Source

Begin Wire Wrapping the Loop

  • Use your fingers to bend the tail back down very slightly so that the first wire wrap will start directly under the loop and not wrap around it.

Pulling the wire tail down a bit below the 90-degree angle
Pulling the wire tail down a bit below the 90-degree angle | Source

Wrap the Tail to Create a Tight Coil

  • Grasp the loop you just made between the jaws of a chain-nose, needle-nose or bent-nose pliers. You also can use a flat-nose pliers for this if you prefer. Place the jaws of the pliers across the loop, not inside it, with the lower edge of the jaws right at the bottom of the loop. Note: In the photo I'm holding just one edge of the loop in the pliers so you can see the loop, but you want to place the jaws of the pliers across the entire width of the loop.

  • Use your fingers or another pair of pliers to grab the very tip of the wire and wrap it snugly in a coil, starting the first wrap directly under the loop. Continue wrapping until you reach the top of the pearl.

Wrapping the wire to make a wire wrapped loop
Wrapping the wire to make a wire wrapped loop | Source

Trim the Wire Flush

  • Use the flush cutters to trim the wire as close to the pearl as you can, taking care not to scratch the pearl with the cutters.

    As you will see in the close-up inset in the photo below, no matter how closely you are able to trim the wire, the very end will stick out a bit and need to be tucked in. Wrap the wire a little bit past where you want to trim it, then loosen the end just enough to allow you to make the cut. Curving the wire tail before you trim it will make it easier to tuck in the trimmed end neatly.

Close-up of the trimmed wire wrapped loop
Close-up of the trimmed wire wrapped loop | Source

Tuck the Tail of the Wire Under the Coil

  • While it's possible to use the tip of a chain-nose or needle-nose pliers to tuck in the trimmed wire end, it's faster, easier and neater to use this professional trick. Place the wrapped wire coil inside the outer opening in the jaws of a standard-size crimping pliers and squeeze gently. This tucks in the trimmed wire end more neatly than using pliers with straight jaws, because the end of the wire continues the curve of the coil.

    Make sure to use the opening near the tips of the jaws (the one used to round a crimped crimp bead) so you don't ruin your wrapped loop.

Use the outer opening in a pair of crimping pliers to tuck in the trimmed wire tail of the headpin neatly and to round the wire wrap
Use the outer opening in a pair of crimping pliers to tuck in the trimmed wire tail of the headpin neatly and to round the wire wrap | Source

Here's what your dangle should look like after you use the crimping pliers to tuck in the end of the wire. See how much neater it looks than before?

You'll also notice that the loop isn't perfectly round. No worries—we'll fix that next.

The wire wrapped loop with the trimmed end tucked in and the wrapped section of wire rounded with the crimping pliers
The wire wrapped loop with the trimmed end tucked in and the wrapped section of wire rounded with the crimping pliers | Source

Re-Round the Loop, if Needed

If your loop needs re-rounding (and it probably will), slide it onto one of the jaws of the round nose pliers. Keeping the jaws open, use your fingers to gently push and wiggle the loop toward the base of the jaw, rounding the loop. Take care to keep the dangle perpendicular to the jaw.

Slide the dangle off the pliers jaw, turn it around to the other side and repeat the pushing and wiggling motion to finish rounding the loop, taking care not to accidentally bend the loop at an angle.

Re-rounding the completed wrapped loop with the round nose pliers
Re-rounding the completed wrapped loop with the round nose pliers | Source

As you can see in the photo below, the loop is now perfectly round and the bottom section of the dangle is complete.

The completed wire wrapped loop
The completed wire wrapped loop | Source

Make a Matching Bottom Dangle Section

Repeat Step 2, periodically checking the dangle in progress against the completed one to make sure they match. Pay particular attention to the size of the loop and its distance from the pearl at the top.

Step 3: Make the Top Section of the Dangles

Slide the Beads Onto the Eye Pin

Thread the following beads in order onto a 2" eye pin:

  • One 3 mm pearl

  • One 12 mm heart shaped bead

  • Another 3 mm pearl

  • One 4.5 mm corrugated silver rondelle tire bead or a 5 mm crystal rondelle

  • One 4 mm crystal bicone bead

  • One 8 mm jet faceted crystal or glass round bead or a vintage jet Swarovski Art. 349 or Art. 5101 bead

  • Another 4 mm crystal bicone bead

  • Another 3 mm pearl

Note: For the Queen of Hearts Earrings shown in the photos I used two styles of rare vintage beads from my personal bead collection: red opaque glass heart beads and jet (black) vintage Swarovski crystal "aspirin" beads, Art. 349 (later renumbered Swarovski Art. 5101). However, I designed these earrings to look just as good made with contemporary pressed or lampwork glass heart beads and 8 mm round faceted glass or crystal beads.

The beads for the top half of the beaded dangle threaded onto the silver eye pin
The beads for the top half of the beaded dangle threaded onto the silver eye pin | Source

Make a Wrapped Loop

  • Repeat what you did in Step 2 to create the loop and wire wrap it.

Rotate the Eye Pin Loop

Rotating the unwrapped eye pin loop at the bottom of the upper dangle component at a 90-degree angle makes the loops at the tops of the upper and lower dangle sections face the same direction:

  • Hold the loops at the top and bottom of this upper dangle section firmly, using two pairs of chain-nose, needle-nose, flat-nose and/or bent-nose pliers. (The jaws of the pliers should be across each loop, not inside it.)
  • Turn the plain, unwrapped eye pin loop at the bottom of the upper dangle at right angles to the wrapped loop at the top.

By rotating the "eye" at the bottom of the eye pin 90 degrees, the loops at the tops of the upper and lower dangle sections will face the same direction in the assembled earring.
By rotating the "eye" at the bottom of the eye pin 90 degrees, the loops at the tops of the upper and lower dangle sections will face the same direction in the assembled earring. | Source

Step 4: Connect the Top and Bottom Sections

Open the Eye Pin "Eye"

Next we need to open the "eye" (plain, unwrapped loop) of the eye pin.

  • Hold the completed top section of the dangle upside down, so the unwrapped loop (the "eye" of the eye pin) is at the top and the wrapped loop is at the bottom.

Diagram of upside-down top section of beaded earring dangle indicating the unattached half of the eye pin loop ("eye").
Diagram of upside-down top section of beaded earring dangle indicating the unattached half of the eye pin loop ("eye"). | Source
  • Using chain-nose, bent-nose or flat-nose pliers, grasp the unattached half of the loop (annotated on diagram, above).
  • Gently angle that half of the loop either forward or back just a little, as shown in the photo below.

Twist the unattached half of the eye pin loop forward or back to open it
Twist the unattached half of the eye pin loop forward or back to open it | Source

Hook the Bottom Section Into the Opened Eye Pin Loop

  • Slide the wrapped loop of the bottom dangle section onto the eye pin loop you just opened.

Hang the bottom section of the beaded dangle on the opened eye pin loop of the upper section
Hang the bottom section of the beaded dangle on the opened eye pin loop of the upper section | Source

Close the Eye Pin Loop

  • Use the pliers to close the eye pin loop by holding the side you opened, reversing the direction of the movement you used to open the loop.

Note: Opening and closing an eye pin is similar to opening a jump ring. To maintain the round shape of the wire loop without distorting it, it should be opened by angling the open half on a vertical plane, rather than by pulling the sides apart horizontally,

Complete the Second Dangle

Repeat Step 4 to connect the top and bottom components of the second dangle.

Close the eye pin loop to finish attaching the lower part of the beaded dangle
Close the eye pin loop to finish attaching the lower part of the beaded dangle | Source

Step 5: Attach the Ear Wires or Earring Findings

Open the Loop on the Ear Wire or Earring Finding

To attach the dangles to the ear wires or other earring findings, such as ear clips:

  • Twist open the loop on each earring finding the same way you opened the plain loop of the eye pin in Step 4. Open the loop just enough to be able to slide the wrapped loop at the top of the beaded dangle through the gap.

Twist open the loop of the ear wire just enough to slide on the beaded dangle
Twist open the loop of the ear wire just enough to slide on the beaded dangle | Source

Attach the Dangle and Close the Loop

  • Slide the earring dangle into the open loop of the ear wire.

  • Use pliers to close the ear wire loop, reversing the motion you used to open it.

Tip: Try to open and close each ear wire loop only once since bending the metal back and forth can cause that part of the loop to weaken or break off, ruining the ear wire.

Repeat to attach the remaining dangle to the other earring finding.

Open the loop on the ear wire to attach the beaded dangle
Open the loop on the ear wire to attach the beaded dangle | Source

These beautiful drop earrings are ready to wear or to give as a gift.

Completed beaded heart drop earrings made from this tutorial
Completed beaded heart drop earrings made from this tutorial | Source
Another view of the finished earrings
Another view of the finished earrings | Source

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      Margaret Schindel 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      @ecogranny, thanks so much for that wonderful compliment! I truly appreciate your kind feedback.If you ever decide you want to try your hand at making these, please let me know. I'd be delighted to help you with any questions or problems!

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      Kathryn Grace 16 months ago from San Francisco

      It was the photo of these gorgeous earrings that brought me in to the page, even though I have no hope ever of making beaded jewelry. I would definitely give these as gifts. Incredibly beautiful in their simplicity, design and colors. It's a joy to see how they are made, even as my hands begin to twitch and ache at the thought! I love the beading board. How clever and cool is that!

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      Margaret Schindel 19 months ago from Massachusetts

      @gottaloveit2 - Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment, Lori! Much appreciated!

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      gottaloveit2 19 months ago

      Really a nice piece of work. THIS is the type of stuff Hubpages should be lauding instead of the 3 day diet....

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, Babbyii! I'm so glad you found this tutorial helpful. I hope you'll share your earrings when you've made them. :)

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      Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Just lovely Margaret! Just came across this instructional today. Can't wait to set a date to make a couple of sets of these earrings. I like to work with my hands in between writing projects. It's like a reward for hard work. Thanks for this reward!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for your comment, Lorelei! Much appreciated. I try to include a lot of clear, close-up photos in my jewelry tutorials because "a picture is worth 1,000 words" when it comes to learning jewelry making techniques.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I love your beading picture tutorials it sums it up so easily.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @rebeccamealey, you're very welcome! I'm glad you like my heart earrings project tutorial. Have fun designing and making these for yourself or as a gift!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      The earrings look so elegant and easy to make. Thanks!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @LynetteBell: My pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      LynetteBell 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for creating this great tutorial!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SteveKaye: Wow, thanks SO much for that wonderful compliment, Steve! <3

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      This is so well done that I came here after watching the video. It deserves a huge LIKE.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks, Brenda! I don't have pierced ears, either. I converted them to clip earring findings after taking the photos for the tutorial. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Love the idea of these earrings though I don't have pierced ears. They (the earrings) are a lot of fun!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ivetasdesign: Thank you for your lovely compliment! I'm not all that patient myself, but you'll find that these earrings are pretty quick and easy to make if you follow the step-by-step instructions. I hope you'll give it a try! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @AnonymousC831: Thanks very much. Glad you like the earrings!

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      Ivetasdesign 3 years ago

      Great earrings! I wish, I could be so patient to make jewelry myself. But it's just not my thing. :)

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Very pretty.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks so much, Angela! Much appreciated. :)

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      very pretty. pinned

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my Queen of Hearts Earrings tutorial, Diana! I am sure you would be successful in making a pair (and you can always holler if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help!). Thank you for your very kind feedback, my friend. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Wednesday-Elf: LOL! Great minds... ;)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Exquisite earrings. Because of the precision of this tutorial, I believe I would be successful in making a pair. I can tell you put a great deal of thought and effort into this presentation. It is appreciated. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Margaret Schindel: LOL - we both typed 'hearts' and they came out as question marks ??? Well, we know what we meant! :-)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you, my friend! â¥

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day. These earrings are perfect for this day of love. â¥

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @DecoratingEvents: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, Mandee! I hope you get a chance to make and wear a pair of these. They're really fun and festive - perfect for the party queen! :) Happy Valentine's Day, my friend.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Rock Artist: Thank you for your lovely comment! Much appreciated. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      I LOVE this tutorial! Great photos and exact steps. Thanks for the info to make a pair of Queen of Hearts earrings.

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      Rock Artist 3 years ago

      Very pretty and festive too! Thank you for sharing this how-to lens.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Pam Irie: Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback, Pam! I'm so glad you enjoyed my earrings design and tutorial. And if you ever have a question about how to do something jewelry related, just ask and I'll either answer you immediately if I know the answer or try to find out the answer if I don't. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Your tutorial is wonderful! I've never dabbled too much into jewelry making but I can follow these pictures. Lovely!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @psiloveyou1: Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed my earrings tutorial and design. :)

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      psiloveyou1 3 years ago

      These are beautiful and classy. Great step by step instructions.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind comments, especially as they come from a fellow artist whom I respect so much. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What an awesome tutorial! Very lovely earrings. You make it look very simple and easy. Great job. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Thanks so much, Corrinna! I'm really happy that you found my tips for making a wire-wrapped loop helpful. I struggled with them for a long time before learning the little tricks to make them round, with even coils and a neatly tucked-in wire tail, and I'm delighted to share! :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Your earrings are absolutely stunning! I really liked your instructions on making a wire-wrapped loop, something I need to practice more.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @BabetteCox: Thanks so much, Babette dear! I truly appreciate your lovely compliment. I try hard to make all my tutorials as easy to follow as possible and include as much information as I can to ensure successful results. :)

      I'm delighted that you'll be stopping back on a regular basis to see what I've added. You might find it easier to subscribe to my Jewelry Making Techniques blog, which has tabs at the top with links to my Squidoo articles on jewelry making (metal clay, polymer clay and beaded jewelry so far). I'll be posting my new Squidoo articles, as well as other articles I think are valuable enough to share, in my posts there. Either way, it will be a pleasure to see you! :)

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      BabetteCox 3 years ago

      I really appreciate the easy to understand step outs, Margaret. This is truly an easy to understand tutorial. I'm coming back to your Lens over and over to see what else you teach us. Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much for your awesome comment, Cynthia dear! Please do share a photo if you decide to make a pair of these! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks so much, Susan! These earrings really are quite easy to make, especially if you've already had a bit of experience. I hope I can inspire you to give it another try, and feel free to ask if you ever need help or have a question! :D

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      These earrings are gorgeous! What an awesome step by step tutorial. Makes me want to jump right in and make these lovely earrings from my daughter for Valentine's Day! So awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These earnings are so pretty. When I was younger I dabbled in jewelry making but never anything like the beautiful pieces that you create.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks so much for the lovely compliment! I'm so glad you like them. If your niece won't make you a pair, you might want to give it a try yourself. Jewelry making can be a lot of fun - and quite addictive! I'll be happy to give you a hand if you have any questions. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Your earrings in this tutorial are gorgeous! I've never tried making jewelry, but my niece does. I'll have to show her this well written tutorial. Maybe she'll make a pair for me... hint, hint. :-)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @smine27: Thank you very much for your lovely compliment, Shinichi! Perhaps you will be inspired to start making jewelry again. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @VioletteRose LM: Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you like my Queen of Hearts Earrings design and tutorial. )

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @cassandra-r-roberson: Hi Cassandra! I'd love to see your eyeglass chain. If you can upload it to Flickr or Photobucket or something similar, you can share the link in the comments here. (The link won't be live, but I'll be able to copy and paste it into a browser to view the photo.) Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I used to make beads jewelry many years ago. I loved making them. I love the simple beauty of these earrings.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Wow that looks so pretty, great work!

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      cassandra-r-roberson 3 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Yes, it does feel great to wear something you made yourself and I got a lot of compliments on it. I put wire that was twisted on each end and then put the things you slip your glasses onto on the end of that. I will have to get it and take a picture of it and send it to you so you can see it. How would I send a picture to you? I will be looking forward to your eyeglass chain tutorial. Thanks. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @cassandra-r-roberson: Thank you very much, Cassandra! Yes, I use the same basic techniques to design many different types of earrings. Doesn't it feel great to make and wear something you're proud of, like your sunglasses chain? Funny you should mention beaded eyeglass chains - that will be one of my next bead stringing tutorials. :)

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      cassandra-r-roberson 3 years ago

      Very very good tutorial on how to make these lovely earrings. You could probably take that same tutorial and make earrings for other occasions or just everyday earrings. I have only beaded one time and one of my nieces helped me. I made an eyeglass holder for my sunglasses and even if I say so myself it turned out very nice and I used it for a long time. I need to get some new ends for it and change them but just haven't. I would really like to get my "multi purpose" room set up so I can start doing beading and lots of other things I would like to do. Maybe this Spring I will do that and start making things for my 3 sisters and others. Really enjoyed your lens and hope to see more, especially on beading. Thanks..... :) <3

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Craftymarie: Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment, Marie! I'm especially grateful when I consider the source, as I'm a huge fan of yours. :)

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      Marie 3 years ago

      This is a truly awesome tutorial on making some beautiful heart themed earrings - so fab. Well done, Margaret.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      This is a truly awesome tutorial on making some beautiful heart themed earrings - so fab. Well done, Margaret.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Jerzimom: Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Cheryl! I hope you're inspired to go ahead and make at least one pair. I'd be happy to help if you have any questions and would love to see a photo of what you make when they're finished. :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      I love earrings. These are beautiful! I love the step by step instructions. Makes me want to make them. I make jewelry from time to time. I once made a bunch of earrings for some gifts and to sell....Long time ago. I still have some....

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ruthi: Thank you, Ruthi! Yes, those are the very same rare vintage heart beads I used in your birthday earrings, and the color scheme and jewelry making techniques I used are similar, too. I guess it's easy to tell that both pairs of earrings were designed by the same person, eh? The rest of the beads and crystals are different, but the inspiration is similar. I'm so glad you love your earrings, and now you can see how I made them! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Zeross4: So glad you enjoyed my heart dangle earrings tutorial! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks so much, George!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Oh! I do recognize those pretty heart beads of yours! I love heart jewelry, especially hand made by you! The earrings you made for me are slightly different in the beading (Of course, I think mine are prettier!) but I can attest to the fact that I would much prefer a gift of handmade jewlry over store bought anyday.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Enjoyed learning about how you made this, and the step by step instructions. Doesn't sound too hard, and they're really cute!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Good subject clearly presented, lots of good info here.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much for your lovely compliments, Nancy dear! I have trouble with hand tremors as well, so I've learned to compensate by bracing my forearms against the edge of a counter or table when I need to do certain types of precision work. It really helps a lot when I'm trying to thread small-holed beads onto head pins, eye pins and beading wire, for example! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much, Barbara! I love teaching others to make jewelry almost as much as I love designing and making it. :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My hands shake far too much to work with small things like this, but you certainly do a beautiful job on these earrings, and a beautiful job telling how to do it. Remarkable craft!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is absolutely fantastic - so well done!!