Saturday, December 8, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 5

For the times when Christmas glitter and tinsel seem to be too sparkly, tone down your outfit with something a little bit more natural. In this tutorial, we'll be using wooden bell-shaped bead caps and pretty bows to create earrings that still say Christmas but with a lot less glitz.

To make this pair of earrings, here's what you'll need:

Thread a seed bead and star on each head pin.
Cut the chain into two lengths measuring approximately 10mm (3/8") and one length measuring 15mm (3/4"). Turn loops in the head pins above the points of the stars and hook each one through a length of chain.

Wrap the wire around the necks of the head pins to secure the stars in place.

Open a jump ring and thread on the chains and attach to the eye pin.

Thread the bell and bead cap on the eye pin. Leave a 2-3mm (1/8") gap above the bead cap and bend the eye pin at a 45° angle. Turn a loop, wrap the tail of the eye pin around the neck and trim away the excess.

Attach a jump ring to the bow and one to the wrapped loop. Open the 6mm jump ring and attach the bell and the bow together. Before closing it, add the earring wire.

Create a matching earring using the remaining components.

We're almost at the half way mark so join me again next week as I share more earring projects with you.

Have a great weekend!