Friday, December 23, 2011

Elegant Ornament Earrings - Twelve Days and Counting - Day 11

If you've been following along with the Twelve Days and Counting Earrings Spectacular you'll know that there are just two more pairs of earrings to go. Can you believe how fast this Earrings Challenge has gone?

Today's earrings are long, detailed and ornate - very appropriate for ornaments, don't you think? They have a certain style and elegance about them. I love the luminescence of the red miracle beds - it's almost as if they are glowing!
Christmas Ornament earrings

If you want to create a pair of Elegant Ornament earrings, this is what you'll need:
2 x 14mm red miracle beads
2 x 4mm Siam Crystazzi crystals
2 x double ended crystal rondelle beadcaps
2 x 6mm crystal rondelles
2 x silver four-sided lantern shaped beads
2 x 16mm Silver Filigree Leaf Bead Caps
2 x 14mm Silver Filigree Open Leaf Bead Caps
2 x miniature petal shaped bead caps
2 x silver 3mm beads
2 ball end silver earring wires
2 head pins

On one end of the double ended crystal rondelle, gently push the prongs in........

Folding the points on one end of the double ended rondelle into the centre.

....until they meet in the centre to create a point.
One end of the double ended rondelle is open and one end has had all the points folded in to meet at the centre.

Thread all the beads and findings onto the head pin using the photo as a guide.
The stringing order for all the beads and components.

Push all the components down and then, using chain nose pliers grip the head pin above the crystal.
Gripping the head pin ready to bend it above the crystal.

Turn a 90° angle.
The head pin is bent at a right angle above the crystal.

Using round nose pliers, hold the head pin above the bend and create a wrapped loop.
Forming a loop with the round nose pliers.

Trim away the excess wire of the head pin with flush cutters.
Trimming the tail of the head pin close to the neck.

Place the end of the earring wire through the loop and pass it along the wire until it sits in the hook. Gently close it so that the earring is secure.
Connecting the earring to the earring wire.

Wasn't that easy? Don't you love it when something that looks complicated turns out to be really easy. Make the second earring to match and then adorn yourself with your new Christmas Ornament earrings.

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Christmas Ornament Earrings inspiration sheet

I'll be back tomorrow with the final pair of earrings in this project. Can you guess what they might be? All I'll say is that they're a twist on a traditional Christmas icon.

Do stop by tomorrow to see what it is.

'Til next time.....

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