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Christmas Earrings

It has probably not escaped your notice that we are racing towards Christmas at an alarming rate. It is the season of parties, plays and general busyness. Every year I see people wearing lovely Christmas earrings and brooches but am never organised myself. This year it is different. All thanks to Spoilt Rotten Beads that is. Not only that but my earrings are crystals, pure Swarovski. Not many people can claim that I know. ūüėČ

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This is enough to make two pairs. It is all you need – 10 crystals per pair.

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These are the crystals close up – the traditional green trees.

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….and the clear crystal.

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You simply thread the crystals onto a head pin and attach to ear wires.

That is all there is to it. I have really enjoyed wearing these this year. There is still time to make a pair as a last-minute gift….they come as a kit. Looking on the website, I see that there are also snowmen. I may be popping over to the store tomorrow…..

 

Nest ring

Resources needed.

Resources needed.

Thread bead and fold wire in half to find the middle.

Thread bead and fold wire in half to find the middle.

Wrap the wire around the mandrel a couple of times.

Wrap the wire around the mandrel a couple of times.

Wrap around the bead, layering the wire.

Wrap around the bead, layering the wire.Wrap the ends of the wire around the band.

Wrap the wire around the band.
Wrap the wire around the band.

 

 

Wrap the ends of the wire around the band.

The finished ring!

For fuller instructions head here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wire Copper and Gold Granny Square Necklace

Continuing

I have continued along with the theme of the Granny Squares this week. Following  comments from Divine Debris Jewelry and from Free Spirit Designs who said how much they like the copper wire I set off to make a bracelet using squares made from this wire.

Not quite right:

I thought that I would make one feature Granny Square using the copper wire with two gold ones each side. The gold wire I have is thinner and the squares therefore come out smaller

In between each granny square I put a Swarovski Pearl bead. I was really pleased with it until I realised that it wasn’t long enough to go around the wrist!

As you can see the top one is not as long as the bottom one (which is the bracelet from last week.)

What now?

I had a quick discussion with my knowledgeable and opinionated son but didn’t come to any conclusion! However a bit later I suddenly had a brainwave (yep – doesn’t happen that often but did this week!) I would make it into a necklace:

I have to say that I think it is my favourite piece so far. No doubt partly because I love these colours.

The icing on the cake:

To top it all off I then found a lovely new way to make the ‘chain’ – a twisted braid. I really love this:

It is really simple to do (it does actually involve twisting the hook and wire around 360′) and it looks lovely too. I really feel that it finishes off the necklace really well. I hope that you agree.

Being Sunday I am now going to head over to Handmade Monday on Handmade Harbour to read the lovely blogs over there and see what else has been created this week. I really recommend that you come too.

Pattern for Mothers Day Brooch

         

                                                         You will need:

                                      A total of 20 crystals (I used Swarovski, 4 yellow, 8 dark red and 8 light red.

                                                   0.315mm Silver plated wire

                                                                                                          3.5mm crochet hook

Step 1: You need to thread the beads/crystals onto the wire in the reverse order that you want them to appear i.e. I put the yellow crystals on last as these were the first ones that I would be using in my pattern.

Step 2: Crochet 4 chains dropping a crystal into place just before you pull the loop through. Slip stitch to first chain.

Step 3: *4 Trebles into space between the first 2 crystals, Repeat 3 more times from * so that there are 4 trebles between each crystal. Slip stitch to the first treble.

Step 4: *2 chain, 2 chain with a crystal dropped into place before you pull the wire through to complete the stitch, 1 chain, miss three treble. Slip stitch into 4th treble.  Repeat from* three more times putting the last slip stitch into the treble where you started from.

Step 5:   Keeping the chain behind the previous round * 3 chain, 2 chain with a crystal dropped into place before you pull the wire through to complete the stitch, 2 chain, miss three treble. Slip stitch into 4th treble (ensuring you are behind the previous loop). Repeat from* three more times putting the last slip stitch into the treble where you started from. Cast off.

One of the benefits of working with wire (and slightly thicker wire), is that it holds its shape. I wanted to make this brooch 3D so I pulled the front 4 chains forward slightly and they do stay forward a bit. I am sure that you could add more loops to make it more 3D. Have a go and let me know what you come up with. Good luck.

(If you cannot understand my instructions then please ask.)