Footprints in the Sand Earrings Tutorial

Footprints in the Sand Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer Melaas

Designer Tips

  • Lay out 10 sunstone beads in an ombre pattern (lightest to darkest).
  • Cut two feet of the 26g wire.
  • Wrap a few tight wraps at the top of the wire part of the ear thread, and thread one bead on the wire. Holding the bead tight in place, wrap the wire twice around the ear thread.
  • Repeat until you have wrapped all the beads down to the loop at the bottom of the ear thread. Cut off excess wire. Using your chain nose plier, pinch the ends of the wrapped wire to tighten the end.
  • Take 2-3 inches of the 24g wire. Make a loop and hook in the starfish, wrap the loop closed.
  • New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for instructions on making wrapped loops.
  • Add an aquamarine bead to the wire. Make a loop and hook it to the loop of the ear thread. Wrap up the loop.
  • Repeat for other earring.

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 pair #53-509-07 Sterling Silver Ear Thread, 4", Wavy Bars
  • 1 strand (use 20 beads) #21-463-894 3mm Diamond Cut Round Gemstone Beads -- Golden Sunstone AA, Color Banded Coming Soon!
  • 1 strand (use 2 beads) #21-895-099-A A-Grade Aquamarine Faceted Round Gemstone Beads, 5mm - Special Purchase
  • 2 each #44-048-44 Sterling Silver Tiny Starfish Charm
  • 1 ozt (use 24") #64-592 Sterling Silver Wire, Round, 26ga, Dead-Soft
  • 1 ozt (use 2-3") #64-529 Sterling Silver Wire, Round, 24ga, Dead-Soft


  • #69-380 Tapered Flush Cutter
  • #69-269-02 EURO TOOL German Round-Nose Jewelry Pliers, 4.5"
  • #69-275-53 Baby Wubbers Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
Feb 22nd 2023 Summer Melaas

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