These pretty green onyx willow earrings are made using our new sterling silver willow connector link. To see some of our lovely new connector links and charms take a look at our full range here.
Start by gluing your malachite cabachon into the sterling silver milled edge link setting using Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy glue which creates super-fast, high strength, high quality bonds and as it sets clear it is excellent for filling gaps so ideal for setting stones.
Prepare the glue by mixing equal amounts of the resin and hardener in a small dish. Use a fine point such as a cocktail stick to dab a bit of glue into the petal edge setting and gently place in the cabochon. Once mixed, the glue sets in 5 minutes so ensure your cabochon straight away. Gently place it down and leave it to set. For full instructions plus some hints and tips on mixing and application click here.
Now you can wire wrap your briolette bead using 0.3mm sterling silver wire. We recommend using a length of 15-20cm of wire to wrap a briolette but for these small 9x6mm green onyx briolette beads a 5cm length of wire is enough for each briolette bead.
Using snipe or flat nose jewellery pliers open a 5mm sterling silver jump ring and attach the sterling silver willow connector link and the milled edge link setting. For more tips on opening and closing jump rings click here.
Repeat at the other end of the willow connector link, attaching the wire wrapped green onyx briolette bead to the connector link with a 5mm sterling silver jump ring.
Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy - For super-fast, high strength, high quality bonds
Snipe nose pliers - for bending metal wire and opening or closing jump rings
Flat nose pliers - for gripping wider surfaces, bending angles in sheet or wire and opening and closing jump rings or loops
Round nose pliers - for bending loops in wire
Or Pack of Pliers & Side Cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!
The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan
Beading Design by Kim Glover
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