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DNA: A complex organic molecule characterized as the building block of life and appropriately shaped like a spiral staircase to nowhere!
Right when I saw a pair of these on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/listing/51730736/rainbow-genes-free-shipping), I had to make them!

The photos are a lil blurry, so if you have any questions about the how-to just ask. :)

Posted by Shannen L. from Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, United States • Published See Shannen L.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by making the rungs of the double helix.

    Thread beads onto eye pin. I used 4 tube beads (two in each color for the nucleotides).

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the jewelry pliers make a loop at the other end of the eye pin.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Your rung should now have two loops, one on each end.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat steps 1-3 until you have 10 rungs.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Grab two head pins. Thread one 4mm seed bead on each pin. Then, thread one of your rungs.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat step 5, alternating between seed bead and rung until you have used all 10 rungs.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    Using the pliers, make an oblong loop with the remaining ends of the head pins.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Push the oblong loops together until they overlap. Open the loop of the earring hook with the pliers. Slide the two loops onto the earring hook.

    The red and blue are the oblong loops, and the gray is the earring hook loop.

  • How to make a dangle earring. Dna Earrings - Step 9
    Step 9

    Twist the ladder!

    And you have one of your earrings. Repeat steps 1-9 to complete the pair.

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TreeStub Crafts
TreeStub Crafts · Mission, Texas, US · 6 projects
Omg. I'm working on a degree to become a geneticist Happy & these are perfect! I will definitely make them.
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the little crafty mermaid <3
okay, so i'm a biology major, and as soon as i saw these, i knew i had to make them! Happy thanks for posting this!!!
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Shannen L.
Shannen L. · Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, US · 4 projects
@Kaeleira I love your version!
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Kaeleira
Kaeleira · La Cañada Flintridge, California, US · 15 projects
Thanks for the tutorial! Awesome idea, and well-written instructions <3

@Carli: I agree! Bases are essential to a good DNA chain. However, the rainbow effect is better achieved without them so I decided to deviate. I'll probably end up making another pair with bases to satisfy my need for scientific accuracy Happy
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Carli
Carli · Wales, Wales, GB · 2 projects
Haha, I'm such a sap that the first thing I thought was "Ooh she's even got the bases in there". The version of this is super pretty too but I like that yours is more 'correct' with the nucleotides. Awesome *digs out bead box*
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sophie t.
sophie t. · 1 project
aha, love it. i wanted to make a bracelet like this so bad. grr. damn you getting there first Happy
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WitchArachne
WitchArachne · Wollongong, New South Wales, AU · 3 projects
Oh man, this plays up to my nerdiness so well. I may have to stop in at the bead shop before uni today Happy
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sporkyllama
sporkyllama · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 3 projects
Oh dear lord. xD The bio nerd in me is intent on making these.
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Shannen L.
Shannen L. · Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, US · 4 projects
Thanks!
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SyntheticStars
SyntheticStars · Eastleigh, England, GB · 31 projects
Woah! These are awesome! Happy x
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