When the Three Wise Men looked up into the night sky, it is said they saw a star - the Bethlehem Star - which guided them to where the new born King lay in the manger. And it is that star which is the inspiration for today's earrings called "The Star of Bethlehem".
Here's what you'll need to make these earrings:
- 10 6x4mm faceted red oval beads
- 2 10mm frosted white star beads
- 10 pearl white seed beads
- 10 size #1 silver crimp tubes
- 2 size #4 silver crimp tubes
- white tiger tail (beading wire) - cut 2 of each of the following lengths: 5cm (2"), 6cm (2 3/8"), 7cm (2 3/4"), 8cm (3 1/8") and 9cm (3 1/2")
- 2 silver earring wires
- Flush cutter, large crimping pliers (for #4 crimps), micro crimping pliers (for #1 crimps)
Form the wires into a loop and insert the tails into the crimp. They should extend beyond the crimp by about 6mm (1/4"). Push the crimp tube up towards the end of the loop to make it smaller (approximately 6mm - 1/4").
Place the crimp into the notched hole of the Mighty Crimping tool and firmly press to secure all the wires. It will now have a channel down the centre with a "wing" on either side. Remove the crimp and place it into the round hole at the top of the pliers (with the channel facing sideways) and crimp it to compress the two wings together.
Trim away the excess wires close to the bottom of the crimp tube so that you only have the five longer wires left.
String the star bead (point first) onto the five wires and slide it up to the crimp. At this point, you'll want to organise the five wires into graduating lengths. If one is curling the wrong way, you can run the wire through nylon jaw pliers until you get it to face in the direction you want it to.
String a red oval, a pearl seed bead and a #1 crimp onto the longest wire.
Crimp the crimp tube 5mm (1/4") from the end. Repeat on the other 4 tails.
Trim away the excess wire on each tail just below the crimp.
Thread the tiger tail loop onto the earring wire and then make a second earring to match. When you attach the second earring to the earring wire, it's up to you whether you face the comet tail in the same direction as the first earring or not.
I'll be back later in the week with another instalment of The Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza.