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How to Make Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings


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Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - finished single earringThese pretty earrings can be made out of new or recycled materials. Make them dainty or big and bold, colourful or pastel, or rough and rustic. They're made of a mix of punky paperclips and blingy beads. However you put your own mark on them they'll look great on you

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Supplies:

  • 2 paperclips
  • 2 earring wires
  • 2 jump rings
  • 22+ pearly beads
  • embroidery floss or similar thread
  • 1 needle small enough to pass through the beads
  • PVA (white) glue
  • scissors
Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - supplies, clips, jump rings, and wires
 
Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - box of beads
 
Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - thread, needle, and beads
 
Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - tube of glue
 

Steps:

  1. Thread the beads onto the embroidery floss.
  2. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - thread beads onto floss
     
  3. Catch the end of the floss in one of the paperclips and trim the loose end with your scissors.
  4. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - catch end of floss in clip
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - trim floss with scissors
     
  5. Wrap the floss around the paper clip incorporating the beads one at a time as you go making sure to place them on the back as well as the front.
  6. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - begin wrapping floss around clip
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - make sure to incorporate beads on front and back as you wrap
     
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  7. Finish off with a single knot and trim the end close.
  8. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - finished off with a single knot
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - trim floss close to knot
     
  9. An application of PVA glue with keep the floss in place. The glue will dry clear.
  10. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - apply PVA glue, which dries clear
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - closeup of applying glue
     
  11. Thread a bead onto one of the jump rings and attach it to the paper clip. You can use pliers to do this, but you will probably find it easy enough to bend using just your fingers.
  12. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - add one bead to a jump ring
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - hook jump ring onto paperclip
     
  13. Attach an earring wire to the other end of the clip.
  14. Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - attach earring wire to opposite end
     
    Paperclip and Bead Wrapped Earrings - full view of earring with wire attached
     
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