Well, for Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas I have a pair that are glam enough for your Christmas celebrations yet they are sleek and modern, making them perfect for ringing in the New Year. And the best thing? They are quick and easy to make!
Here's what you'll need to make your Putting on the Glitz! earrings:
- 14 4mm Preciosa Aurum bicones
- 20 4mm Preciosa AB Crystal bicones
- 2 gold filigree 4-petal bead caps
- white nylon tube mesh (search "nylon mesh tubing" on Google - I found this link on Artfire which is similar)
- 2 gold foldover cord ends
- 2 gold head pins
- 2 gold earring wires
Tip: Nylon Mesh Tubing will fray and unravel a bit as you work with it so always allow a little more than you need for your project.
Cut an 11cm (4 ⅜") length of tube mesh and insert three Aurum bicones into the opening.
Hold the tube half way along with one hand and the bead end with the other. Push your hands together to compress the mesh and the beads will move down the tube.
Centre them in the mesh.
Insert two AB Crystal bicones and one Aurum bicone into the tube and move them along to the centre beads.
Repeat at the other end.
Add two more AB crystals and one more Aurum crystal to each end. Insert one AB crystal on each end.
Line up the two end crystals in the tube and trim the mesh to 10mm (⅜").
Lay the two ends into the cord end, side by side.
Fold the flap down and hold it in position with the chain nose pliers. Fold the two side flaps towards the centre.
Flatten the flaps with the chain nose pliers to make sure the mesh is secure.
Open the loop of the eye pin and hook on the cord end.
String on the bead cap. Grip the eye pin above the bead cap and bend it sideways above the pliers to create a neck.
Use the round nose pliers to create a loop and then wrap the tail around the neck two or three times. Trim the excess close to the neck.
Attach the loop to the earring wire and then make a second earring to match.
It's always great to have versatile jewellery in your collection and this pair is just that - not only will they make great Christmas and New Year earrings but they are dressy enough for a night out on the town or for a special occasion. Why not switch up the colours and create your own look!
There is just one more pair of earrings to go in this year's Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza. Make sure you check back on Christmas Eve to see what they are.