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Northern Lights Color-changing Earrings | Jewelry Design Ideas

Northern Lights Color-changing Earrings

by Megan Piper

These lovely, colorful earrings can dance from your ears just like the natural sensations of the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights. A beautiful pairing of lightweight Mirage mood beads and lead-free fancy pewter bead caps create these sensational color-changing earrings. Learn a fun new way to create a pair of earrings that highlights a focal bead with smaller beads and findings. The earring measures 1 1/4" from the hypoallergenic niobium earwire. Enjoy the show as these beads come to life with spectacular color transitions.

2 Mirage Northern Lights color-changing mood beads
60 Mirage 3mm x 2.5mm color-changing mood seed beads
2 TierraCast 10mm scalloped bead caps in antique copper
2 TierraCast 8mm Tiffany bead caps in antique copper
2 base metal 2-inch medium headpins in antique copper
2 9-inch pieces of 24 gauge round Craft Wire in antique copper
2 TierraCast niobium shepherd hook earwires in antique copper with copper beads

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step 1
step 1

Slide one Tiffany bead cap and one scalloped bead cap on to a headpin.

Take one of your 9-inch pieces of Craft Wire and - at the middle of the wire - wrap it around your headpin one time.


step 2
step 2

Slide a Mirage Northern Lights bead on top of the wire. Firmly press down on the Mirage bead, so the wire sticking out is tight between the bead and the bead caps.


step 3
step 3

Make sure both wires are on the back side of the Mirage bead.

Wire twist a 5mm loop at the top of your headpin.

Watch our wire twisted loop video for a how-to demonstration by our beading expert.


step 4
step 4

Add 12 to 15 Mirage seed beads to one of the wires, enough to frame the Mirage Northern Lights bead on one side.

From the back of the main Mirage bead, tightly wrap the wire twice around the base of the wire twisted loop on the headpin. Trim the extra wire and even out your formed bead frame.


step 5
step 5

Repeat step 3 for the other side, matching your other formed bead frame. Make sure to wrap the extra wire firmly around the base of the previous wire twists from the back of the earring to the front. Trim the extra wire.

Open the earwire loop to the side, slip the earring on and close the loop.

Repeat steps 1-5 for your second earring, and you are done - enjoy the show!


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