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We love love love these Shell Charm Earrings, they use all the techniques that Jessica shows you in the Jewelry Making For Absolute Beginners Class and once you’ve mastered making loops in wire they are simple to make. We made ours using vintage pearls, a few seed beads and some of these creamy porcelain beads. Using vintage beads is a great way to add some individuality to your projects, rummage in charity shops, flea-markets and even in your own draws for broken pieces of jewelry that you can re-work into new fabulous pieces. We used a couple of shop bought shell charms to give a beachy feel, there are so many different charms available you can take your pick!

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Materials – a selection of beads and charms, eye pins, head pins, 4mm and 5mm jump-rings, earring hooksHow_to_make_Charm_Earrings

Step 1. Have a play with design, our pearl was slightly larger than the mauve bead so we put that in the centre to give a more balanced shape

Step 2. Using eye pins, thread on a bead to the eye pin and make a loop, do this with all beads and then link them together. Add a 4mm jump ring to all the charms that will dangle from the earring and fix them to the last loop using a 5mm jump ring

Step 3. Now add your small beads – we went for 3 small beads per link. Add each bead to an head pin and make a loop. Fix these beads onto the main earring.

Step 4. Fix the earring hook to the main earring with a 4mm jump ring

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If we hadn’t already been on holiday we’d definitely pack a pair to take on our travels, instead we’ll be wearing around the house pretending that we’ve just come back from the beach!
If you want to make more with with wire then check out our Introduction to Wire Jewelry and Introduction to Fashion Jewelry Classes as well as Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners (which is completely free!) for more wire based projects. If you want to make your own charms then we have a course for that too, our Make Silver Metal Clay Charms with Julia Rai is fab!