Bettina Johnson on the  "OH" Everything Handmade blog wrote a great tutorial on how to make a wire wrapped periodot pair of earrings that's easy for beginners to follow  (Update : that website may be temporarily unavailable).  No need to get intimidated by this one!

Her instructions on how to make the hook part of the earrings are very clear.  She also has a great wrapping tip on how to encase the wire end.

You can make this style with so many different kinds of beads, not just gemstone ones - mix and match them, too!

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