Friday, December 27, 2013

DIY Metallic Leather and Crystal Christmas Tree Earrings

If you love all the glitter and tinsel of Christmas then these Sparkle Tree Christmas Tree earrings will be right up your alley!

This holiday earring design combines metallic gold Realeather with Swarovski Crystals for lots of shimmer and sparkle.

Here's what you'll need to make them:
Punch each of the circles in the cardstock to create a template. Place the template over the back of the leather, trace two of each size circle for each earring.

Cut out all the circles.

Neaten the cut circles by trimming away any furry edges. 

You'll have six circles for each earring.

Apply a thin layer of leather cement to the back of one of the large circles and then place it on the back of the other circle. Press them together firmly.

Repeat with the medium and small circles.

Set the hole punch to the smallest hole. Find the centre of each of the disks and punch a hole in each one.

String the daisy spacer, cone bead cap and 3mm spacer bead on the head pin.

String the large disk, a bicone, medium disk, a bicone, the small disk and another bicone

String the star bead and then grip the head pin just above the bead with the chain nose pliers. Bend the head pin at a 90° angle.

Place the round nose pliers in the bend and wrap the head pin around the jaw to create a loop, making sure the wire crosses over.

Grip the loop with flat nose pliers and the tail of the head pin with chain nose pliers and wrap the tail around the neck of the head pin, creating a wrapped loop. Trim away the excess wire.

Apply a small dob of Crystal Glue to the cut edge of one disk.

Pick up a crystal with the Embellie Gellie Tool or tweezers and position it over the adhesive. Continue applying crystals evenly around each circle. You will need approximately 6 for the small circle, 9 for the medium circle and 10 for the large circle.

Attach the Christmas Tree to the earring wire and make a second earring to match.

If you love dressing up for this wonderful and joyous season, then you'll love my 12 Days of Christmas ebooks that have even more sparkly Holiday Earrings designs.

Why not purchase one for yourself or give it as a gift to a crafting friend and have a ball making your holiday earrings together!

'Til next time.....

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