Now available! - Christmas Tree Earrings Collection

Now available! - Christmas Tree Earrings Collection
Add a touch of magic to your holiday outfits with festive Christmas earrings. I’ve gathered together 12 of my all-time best Christmas Tree earring designs from previous years in this one special ebook. From traditional to modern, you’ll find a variety of styles, techniques and materials and something for every level of jewellery-maker.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 12: Let's Celebrate!

Now that the rush of Christmas is behind us, it's time to reveal the twelfth and final pair of earrings in the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza for 2015. So this pair of earrings is not a Christmassey pair, but rather, a pair of earrings to wear for New Year's Eve celebrations and beyond.

With champagne coloured crystals, a bit of gold for warmth and haematite as the highlight colour, there is plenty of glam in these dangly earrings to make you sparkle throughout the night. What a way to welcome in the New Year!
Let's Celebrate Earrings - Finished Length: 7.7cm (3")

Here's what you'll need to make your own Let's Celebrate! earrings:

Tools: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters

String a 4mm bicone and a star (from the bottom) onto a head pin.

Bend the head pin at a 90° angle.

Trim to 1cm (3/8"). Tip: If you cut the head pin too short, you won't be able to make a large enough loop.

Turn a simple loop. Make two more of these components: one with a 4mm bicone and one with a 6mm bicone.

Open the loop and hook the 6mm components onto one of the loops of the fancy connector.

Attach the 4mm components onto the loops on either side of the 6mm component.

Cut the cup chain into two equal lengths. Place the end link of one piece into a cup chain end.

Use the flat nose pliers to gently press the claws over the crystal to hold it securely in cup chain end. Repeat on the other end of the cup chain.

Connect the top loop of the fancy connector to the last cup chain link with a jump ring.

Hook the other end of the cup chain onto the earring wire and close the loop.

Make a matching earring with the remaining components.

All you need now is a little black dress, a pair of killer stilettos and a special party to wear these glitzy earrings to. So pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and enjoy a glass of bubbly for me..... Cheers and have fun celebrating!

That brings us to the end of the 2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza. I hope you've enjoyed (and been inspired by!) all the jewellery ideas I've brought to you throughout the month of December. May 2016 be full of wonderful jewellery-making and crafting opportunities for you.

Happy New Year everybody!

'Til next time......





Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 11: Ornate Black and Gold Trees

It's only a couple of days until Christmas so on Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas I've started to look ahead to New Year's Eve. The classy Ornate Black and Gold Tree earrings will look wonderful for Christmas Day. But they can also do double duty for your New Year's Eve celebrations. The striking black and gold colour combination lends an air of elegance and sophistication to these earrings making them the perfect jewellery for seeing in the New Year.
Ornate Black and Gold Trees - finished length: 7.6cm (3")
Here's what you'll need to make the Ornate Black and Gold Tree earrings:
Tools: round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, split ring pliers, flush cutters

 String a gold teardrop on a head pin and turn a 90° angle.

Trim the head pin to 1cm (3/8").

Turn a simple loop.

Open the loop and attach it to the single loop on the end connector.

Use the split ring pliers to remove the split ring from the black bow charm. Set this aside for another project.

Create a chain of 5 jump rings and attach one end to the loop of the bow charm.

Separate the chain into two equal halves. Set one aside for the second earring. Separate the other into two equal lengths. Attach one to each of the outermost holes of the end connector with a jump ring.

Open a jump ring and hook on the last link of the chain. Hook on the end jump ring of the bow charm.

Hook on the last link of the other chain, making sure that there are no twists in the chain.

Before closing the jump ring, attach the star.

Open a jump ring and hook on the gold star charm. Hook this through the top link of the chain of jump rings.

Open another jump ring and connect the top of the star with the earring wire. Use the remaining components to make a matching earring.

These earrings are certain to glam up your outfit - what a dramatic and stylish way to start the New Year!

There is just one more pair in the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza for 2015. Don't forget to check back to find out what I come up with.

'Til next time......



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 10: Aussie Bush Christmas

In Australia (and in fact, all the southern hemisphere) we sometimes find it difficult to identify with traditional Christmas motifs like snowflakes. And whilst we might dream of one day experiencing a white Christmas, the reality is that Christmas down under is in the middle of summer! As a tribute to our hot Christmasses, today's earrings are inspired by the gumnuts of the flowering gums native to our bush landscape.
Aussie Bush Christmas - finished length 7cm (2 3/4")
To make the Aussie Bush Christmas earrings, you'll need:

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......


Monday, December 21, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 9: Metal Snowflakes

There's no doubting that these snowflake earrings are Christmassey, yet there's not a speck of red or green to be seen. Day 9's earrings combine filigree snowflakes in copper and gunmetal with a gold filigree daisy for a very sophisticated look.
Metal Snowflakes - finished length 6cm (2 3/8")

Here's what you'll need to make these earrings:
Tools: chain nose pliers, toothpick, Embellie Gellie (or other tool for placing crystals)

Centre the ring on the gunmetal snowflake and press each of the arms of the snowflake upwards to cup the ring.

Make sure the ring is still centred and then flatten each of the arms.

Use the back of the pliers to press the filigree against the outside of the ring.

Attach the 6mm jump ring to the silver ring and close it.


Apply GS-Hypo Cement to the centre of the gold filigree.

Position a cryatal in the centre of the filigree and six crystals around it. Press them firmly into position.

Use the toothpick to apply Quick Grip to the folded over arms of the gunmetal filigree.

Align the gunmetal filigree with the copper snowflake and press them together firmly. Apply adhesive to the back of the gold filigree and position it over the centre of the gunmetal snowflake.

Connect the 6mm jump ring to the earring wire with a 4mm jump ring.

Use the remaining components to make a matching earring.

Mixing metal colours in this way gives your jewellery a really unexpected look. I'm sure you'll agree that these mixed metal earrings make a welcome change to the usual traditional Christmas colours - they will give your Christmas outfits a really unique look!

Join me again tomorrow for Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas. You never know what I'm going to come up with next!

'Til next time.....


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