Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Zig-zag Crystal and Star Earrings - Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 1

Stars and Christmas go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows! 

Think about it — those twinkling stars in the wintry night sky mirror the sparkle and magic of the holiday season. 

The star atop the Christmas tree isn't just a decoration; it's a symbol of the guiding star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem, marking the birthplace of Jesus. It's like our very own celestial beacon of joy! 

There are stars in Christmas carols, on cards, and as ornaments and they all remind us of the wonder and hope that Christmas brings. 

So it's appropriate that they would feature in our holiday jewellery. I called these earrings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. 

Firstly, gather all the materials you'll need:

Begin by trimming the eight eye pins to 30mm (1-3/16") with flush cutters.

String a faceted round on each one and then make a bend approximately 1cm (3/8") from the cut end of each eye pin.

Turn a simple loop on one eye pin.

Turn a simple loop on a second eye pin and then open the loop and hook it onto the stem of the first eye pin above the bead. Close the loop.

Repeat with two more eye pins, making sure you hook the eye loop of each one above the bead of the last eye pin added. You should have a zig-zag drop of four beaded stems. Repeat with the remaining eye pins so you have two drops.

String eight of the stars onto ball head pins and turn a simple loop on each. Set two of these aside.

String a teardrop and a star on the two remaining head pins.

Grip the head pin with chain nose pliers and bend it so you create a neck for a wrapped loop.

Form the loop at the top of the neck and then wrap the wire around the stem neatly. Trim away the excess wire.

Attach a star drop to the bottom loop of each eye pin.

Open the loop on the bottom eye pin and hook on the tear drop component.

Hook one of the stars that you set aside onto the earring wire.

Hook the eye loop of the top eye pin in each zig-zag onto the earring wire and then gently close the ear wire so that the components are secure.

Complete the second earring to match.

'Til next time.....

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