Smoothfoam balls are lightweight and dense – the perfect base to make custom beads for pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and especially earrings.
You’ll need the following supplies:
Two 3/4″ Smoothfoam balls
Two 2″ silver eye-pins
2 earring wires
4 bell cap findings
2 decorative bead dangles
2 yds slung sequins
Jewelry pliers, tapestry needle
Tacky glue, small brush
Toothpick, straight pin
Make a hole through the center of each ball with a tapestry needle.
Push the ball onto a toothpick (to use for a handle), then coat the ball with tacky glue.
Starting at the top hole, hold the end of the sequin string in place with a straight pin while you wrap the sequins around the ball. The thread holding the sequins together should face the surface of the ball. Trim the end, then set aside to dry.
Place a bell cap finding over each hole then push the eye pin through the center of each ball. Trim the straight end of each eye pin to about 1/2″ from the top, then use pliers to create a loop. Attach the earring wire to the top and a bead dangle at the bottom.
Use this same technique with 1″ balls, your choice of beads and 1/8″ wide ribbon or cord to make a larger bead for a matching pendant.