|Aussie Bush Christmas - finished length 7cm (2 3/4")|
- 6 17mm gold filigree bead caps
- 6 13x9mm brass petal bead caps
- 6 13x13mm wooden bell-shaped bead caps
- 6 4mm Lt Siam Swarovski bicones
- 6 6mm beads (these won't be seen in the design so any colour will do)
- 23 links of 4x3mm brass extension chain
- 6 gold head pins
- 2 brass earring wires
Tools: round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters
Grip the tip of one of the petal caps between the tip of the jaws of the round nose pliers. Bend it as if you were turning a loop.
The very edge of the petal may split, so be as gentle as you can.
Bend the petals of three of the bead caps.
String a red bicone, a filigree bead cap, a 6mm bead, a bell and one of the petal bead caps on a head pin.
Turn a 90° angle just above the bead cap.
Trim to 1cm (3/8").
Turn a simple loop. String two more head pins the same way.
Cut the chain in half and set one piece aside for the second earring. Open the loop of the gumnut and attach it to the bottom of the chain. Count up three links and then four links, attaching the second and third gumnuts respectively.
Attach the earring wire to the top of the chain. Make a matching earring with the remaining components.
I hope you've enjoyed a little bit of Aussie charm in these bush-inspired earrings. Perhaps it will inspire you to want to experience a southern hemisphere Christmas one day!
Just two more days and two more pairs of earrings to go in the 2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza. Don't forget to check back to see them!
'Til next time......