Monday, December 14, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas 2015 - Day 2: Emerald Bauble Earrings

Make yourself some big and bold ornaments for your ears this Christmas. These striking Emerald Bauble earrings are made by stringing Swarovski crystals and gold seed beads onto ring-size memory wire. This is a challenging pair of earrings to make so if you find that turning the loops on memory wire is too difficult, then use 20g non-tarnish gold wire instead.
Finished length: 6cm (2 3/8")

Here's what you need to make the Emerald Bauble earrings:

Memory wire shears, round nose pliers, two pairs of chain nose pliers, flush cutters

Use the memory wire shears to cut eleven full rings from the tube of memory wire.

Turn an outward facing loop on one end of each one. The loop must be completely closed with the cut end of the loop butting against the curve of the memory wire.

String three seed beads, a 4mm crystal, two seed beads, a 6mm crystal, two seed beads, a 4mm crystal and three seed beads on each ring.

Slide all the beads up to the loop and trim the memory wire just long enough to turn an outward facing loop, approximately 7 or 8mm (5/16").

There should be no gap between the last bead and the loop. Form loops on the other beaded rings.

Open a jump ring and hook on the eleven beaded memory wire components, making sure they are all facing the same direction.

Close the jump ring.

Open another jump ring and hook the other end of each component onto it. This will be really fiddly but just be patient and take your time getting the last few to stay on the jump ring. With a pair of pliers in each hand, close the jump ring. You may have to reposition one of your pliers three or four components away from the other pair of pliers in order to close it.

String a seed bead, a 4mm crystal, a 6mm crystal and the large bead cap on a head pin. Insert it through the two jump rings of the bauble and then string a small bead cap.

Grip the head pin above the bead cap and bend it above the pliers, creating a small neck.

Form a loop....

grip the tail of the head pin with chain nose pliers .....

and wrap it around the neck until the bead cap sits firmly against the bauble.

Trim away the excees wire. Attach the bauble to the earring wire.

Now make a second earring to match.

These earrings would look fabulous made up in red and silver, blue and silver or even gold and silver. But whatever colour combination you choose, you will really make a statement wearing them - there is absolutely no doubting that they are Christmas baubles!

The Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza continues right up until Christmas so don't forget to check back each day to see what I come up with next!

'Til next time.......