Now available! - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Volume 5 with 12 all-new designs.

Now available! - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Volume 5 with 12 all-new designs.
Get ready for the Christmas Party season and make yourself some sparkly festive earrings. Christmas Trees, snowflakes, ornaments and stars - these are just a few of the fabulous earrings in this Volume

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......


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