These instructions are from the Gallery of Designs at Fire Mountain Gems.
1. At the top of the bead, bend the headpin 90°
2. Curve downward, following the shape of the bead to its "equator"
3. At the "equator", bend the headpin another 90° - it will now be perpendicular to the drill hole. Thread a 4 mm tiger iron "moon" on to the headpin.
4. Bend the headpin around the bead, following its curve, until the headpin "ring" expends all the way around to the back of the bead again.
5. Run the headpin under the original bend and bend until planet hangs vertically.
6. Then add an eye to the top of the hanger. Twist eye sideways so planet hangs flat.
The asteroid belt hangs between Mars and Jupiter. To show the variety of asteroids, some made of rock and some made of ice, it is made of a series of headpins and eyepins and is assembled quite at random, using Swarovski crystal, mother-of-pearl, tiger iron and square beads. Some asteroids, such as Vesta, are rather large rocky masses, represented by tiger iron. Others are small, icy bodies, best imitated by transparent square seed beads.
The solar system hangs in the Milky Way, made here with 4mm mother-of-pearl beads on 1-inch eyepins.
For links without planets, string 3 mother-of-pearl beads onto an eyepin and create a matching eye at the other end.
For links with planets, string 1 mother-of-pearl bead onto an eyepin, string the planet by the eye, string another mother-of-pearl bead and create a matching eye at the other end.
Each link with a planet alternates with a link without a planet. These can be strung left to right or right to left. When you have finished stringing the solar system, you're ready to finish the necklace.
You have three choices to consider when finishing off the solar system necklace:
7. Use a 12 mm moss agate bead for Uranus. The planet Uranus has a different rotation and pole than the rest of the solar system.
Thread the bead onto a headpin, snip off the head and form two eyes, one on each end.
8. Take another headpin, snip off the head and bend in half. Form two eyes, one on each end and attach to the eyes on the beaded eyepin.
9. Create "shoulders" in the long pin, hold with pliers and twist. Open the top of the twist to form an eye. Twist eye sideways so planet hangs flat.