Now available! - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Volume 5 with 12 all-new designs.

Now available! - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Volume 5 with 12 all-new designs.
Get ready for the Christmas Party season and make yourself some sparkly festive earrings. Christmas Trees, snowflakes, ornaments and stars - these are just a few of the fabulous earrings in this Volume

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rosary Chain Jewellery Repair

Every girl has a special relationship with her hairdresser and I'm no exception. Mine has been doing my hair for 20+ years and in that time our relationship has become way more than that of  hairdresser/client - each salon visit is like visiting an old friend.

Her work wardrobe consists of a lot of black - black shirts and blouses, black pants, black skirts, black dresses - it's mandatory workwear in the salon. But the one place she can add her own style is in her jewellery and accessories.

When I visited her this week she told me she had somehow managed to get one of her newest necklaces wrapped around the handle of her shopping trolly and with one almight tug, it broke into about 20 pieces. She was devastated because it was one that many clients had commented on.

I told her not to fret and that it was something I could easily fix for her.

So she bundled it all into a ziplock bag and I brought it home with me.

Luckily, the rosary chain loops in this piece are made of a pliable metal and even though they had been stretched open, the metal isn't brittle so it's a straightforward repair.

For the loops on the ends of links like this one, round nose pliers are the go: just insert the pliers into the loops and reform them.

Securely closed loops like this one won't come open again unless there is another major shopping trolly incident!

Loops like this one where the gap is 1mm just need to be closed properly with a pair of chain nose pliers.

Grab the open end with the pliers and inch it into position by pushing it inwards whilst moving it backwards and forwards (as if you were opening/closing a door) until it's aligned with the stem of the loop.

So here it is completely reassembled and as good as new!

One last thing before I go. With a store-bought rosary-style chain like this one, it's better to check the eye loops on every single bead to make sure there are no places the necklace could fall apart again in the future..... you'll have one very grateful customer!

'Til next time.....

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sparkle Trees - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza - Day 12

If you've been following my Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza, you might have begun to wonder if you had missed this post. I know, I know, it is 2 days after Christmas but I just couldn't manage to complete it on Christmas Eve. Nevertheless, here it is - the 12th and final pair of earrings in 2013's Christmas Collection - Sparkle Trees!

This is another design which combines Silver Creek Leather and Swarovski Crystals for lots of shimmer and sparkle.

Here's what you'll need to make them:
Punch each of the circles in the cardstock to create a template. Place the template over the back of the leather, trace two of each size circle for each earring.

Cut out all the circles.

Neaten the cut circles by trimming away any furry edges. 

You'll have six circles for each earring.

Apply a thin layer of leather cement to the back of one of the large circles and then place it on the back of the other circle. Press them together firmly.

Repeat with the medium and small circles.

Set the hole punch to the smallest hole. Find the centre of each of the disks and punch a hole in each one.

String the daisy spacer, cone bead cap and 3mm spacer bead on the head pin.

String the large disk, a bicone, medium disk, a bicone, the small disk and another bicone

String the star bead and then grip the head pin just above the bead with the chain nose pliers. Bend the head pin at a 90° angle.

Place the round nose pliers in the bend and wrap the head pin around the jaw to create a loop, making sure the wire crosses over.

Grip the loop with flat nose pliers and the tail of the head pin with chain nose pliers and wrap the tail around the neck of the head pin, creating a wrapped loop. Trim away the excess wire.

Apply a small dob of Crystal Glue to the cut edge of one disk.

Pick up a crystal with the Embellie Gellie Tool or tweezers and position it over the adhesive. Continue applying crystals evenly around each circle. You will need approximately 6 for the small circle, 9 for the medium circle and 10 for the large circle.

Attach the Christmas Tree to the earring wire and make a second earring to match.

I hope you've enjoyed this year's collection of Christmas Earrings. It's been fun coming up with so many different designs. I'll be back with another collection in time for Christmas 2014 but in the meantime, I hope you'll join me wherever our creative adventures take us throughout 2014.

'Til next time....

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chain of Lights - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza - Day 11

Oh my goodness.... It's Christmas Eve and I am only just bringing you Day 11's earrings. I am certainly running behind schedule this year! So something quick and easy is in order today - a garland of festive lights to dangle from your ears.

Here's what you'll need to make these:
Cut the wire in half and set one piece aside for the second earring. Cut the remaining wire into 4 20cm (8") lengths. Insert one into a 6x4mm teardrop leaving a tail of 3cm (1 3/16"). Bend the wires so that they cross over each other above the point of the bead. Use your nail to bend the long wire vertically.

 Wrap the short tail twice around the neck just created on the long wire.

Trim away the excess wire on the short tail.

Create a loop with the round nose pliers just above the coil. 

Wrap the wire down around the neck and over the wraps made with the short wire.

Continue wrapping the wire around the bead until you cover the holes. Pass the wire diagonally across the wrapping on the bead and then twice around the neck wraps to secure it.

Trim the excess wire. Create two more 6x4mm wrapped beads and one 8x4mm wrapped bead.

Open a jump ring and attach two curved connectors (string the outward curve first) and then one of the small wrapped teardrops so that it sits on the inside curve. Add a third connector and a teardrop. Attach the third teardrop to the top connector with a jump ring.

 Add the large teardrop to the bottom connector with a jump ring.

Now attach the top jump ring to the earring wire and then create a second earring to match.

I'll have one more design to round out this year's Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza so don't forget to check back to see what I come up with.

'Til then....


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