Monday, September 17, 2012

Barnyard Girls Earrings

Here's a pair of whimsical, barnyard inspired earrings that are fun and easy to make using a simple wire technique to create the feet.

Pair of cute chicken earrings made from lampwork chicken beads with wire to make the feet.
What you'll need:

Materials
2 x lampwork chicken beads
20 gauge non tarnish silver wire
2 x 4mm silver bicone beads
2 x 6mm silver bead caps
2 x 6mm silver spacer beads - mine look like a bon bon (with a flare at the top and bottom), but a plain cylinder spacer bead will also work
Pair silver earring wires

Tools
Chain nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Flush cutters

Cut a length of wire 12.5cm (5") long and bend it at a 90° angle, about 2.5cm (1") from the end.
A length of wire bent at right angles near one end.

Hold the flat nose pliers in the corner of the angle just created (on the long end) and bend the wire back around the outside of the jaw.
Hold the flat nose pliers in the corner of the angle just created (on the long end) and bend the wire back around the outside of the jaw.

This will create the first claw.
Bending the wire back around the outside of the jaw.

Repeat the last step to create 3 claws altogether.
Continuing forming the wire around the flat nose pliers to create the claws of the chicken's feet.

Shape the claws by gently squeezing each one together at the base with the pliers. You want to make sure that the two outside claws are pointing slightly forward rather than out to the side.
Squeezing the wire claws together to form the chicken's feet.

Create the fourth claw with the shorter end of the wire.
Create the fourth claw with the short tail of the wire.

 This one points out the back.
The last claw should point backwards.

After you've created the four claws, you're going to bend the two wires upwards. Start with the fourth claw. Hold the wire at the end of where you want the claw to finish and bend the wire upwards to create a leg.
Bending the wire upwards to form the first leg. 

It should look like this.
 Photo shows the claws with one leg formed 

Do the same thing with the longer wire, trying to bend it as close to the fourth claw as you can.
 Bend the second wire upwards, trying to bend it as close to the fourth claw as you can.

Now you have four claws and two upright wires which form the legs.
You have created the four claws and two upright wires which form the legs.

Make a seond leg to match.

Once you've made two legs, you're ready to get started on the earrings.

Thread the spacer bead over the two "prongs" of the leg.
 Thread the spacer bead over the two "prongs" of the leg.

Add an upturned beadcap, the chicken bead and a silver bicone.
Adding an upturned beadcap, the chicken bead and a silver bicone.

Leave a small "neck" of wire above the bicone and create a loop.
 Forming the loop above a short "neck"

Wrap the wire around the "neck" with the chain nose pliers and then trim off the excess wire.
Wrapping the wire around the "neck" with the chain nose pliers and then trim off the excess wire.

Make a matching chicken component and then hook them onto the earring wires.
A finished chicken component

So what do your think? Are they hens or roosters? I'll leave that for you to decide.

'Til next time.......





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