Saturday, December 15, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 9

We are almost three quarters of the way through the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings extravaganza. If you missed any of the previous ones, just check back through the earlier posts in December.
Vitrail crystal earrings with delicate silver stars dangling from fine jewelry chain.

Today I'm throwing traditional Christmas colours out the window and using multi coloured marguerites for a really different festive feel. These earrings would be great for your New Year's Eve celebrations as well as Christmas. I've called them Aurora Starburst!

Here's what you'll need:
A collection of jewellery findings and crystals

Thread a seed bead and star bead on each head pin and make a simple loop.
A collection of silver star charms

Cut the chain in 5 lengths making two short one, two medium ones and one long one. Open the loops on the star components and attach one to each chain.
Silver star charms dangling from short lengths of jewellery chain

Thread each chain onto a jump ring and connect it to the snow flake as shown in the photo.
Silver stars dangle daintily from the end of fine jewelry chain attached to a snowflake charm

Cut a 10cm (4") length of wire and thread a seed bead onto it. Fold the wire in half so that the bead is centred and then poke both ends through the hole of the marguerite. Pull it through so that the seed bead sits right up against the marguerite.
Vitrail marguerite crystal strung on a length of jewellery wire

Thread the wires through opposite sides of the snowflake and pull the marguerite up against the snowflake. Twist it twice on the back making sure that the marguerite is firmly in place. Thread both wires back to the front so that they are hidden under the marguerite. Wrap them around the bead and then trim away the excess.
Wire prongs inserted through the arms of a silver snowflake charm

Open the hook of the earring wire and attach the snowflake charm. Complete the second earring to match.

I'll be back again next week with the last 3 pairs of earrings - please check in and join me.

'Til next time.....








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