Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Glass Caterpillars :-

No way you'll spin yourself in a cocoon of wardrobe blues with unusual earrings inspired by caterpillars.

Caterpillar Earrings
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
- R. Buckminster Fuller -

Materials for Caterpillar Earrings :-

6 x red glass sticks
5mm silver jump rings
silver crimp covers
silver wire
2 x tall silver eye pins
2 x 10mm white beads
4 x 8mm white beads
18 x 4mm bicone crystals in sapphire
size 8 orange seed beads
2 x 6mm silver bead caps
2 x silver earring hooks

Step-by-step :-

1.  Thread a red glass stick onto the center of a 5cm piece of wire.  Bend the two wire ends upwards and twist together.  Finish a wrapped loop with the twisted wire ends and trim excess wire.  For a more professional finish, cover the wrapped loop with a crimp cover should you feel like it.  Make three dangles like these for one earring.

2.  Open a jump ring and slide a glass stick dangle onto it plus another jump ring.  Close the jump ring.  Continue in the same manner with the other two dangles up the chain.

3.  Thread four orange seed beads, a bicone crystal and three seed beads approx. 3cm from one end on a 15cm piece of wire.  Loop the tall wire end back through the first seed bead.  Make two more loops like this and cross again in the original seed bead, but don’t trim the excess wire yet at this stage!  Make two more beaded caps like this.

4.  Thread a 10mm white bead on a tall eye pin, followed by a beaded cap (with wires facing upwards).  Bend the edges of the bead cap slightly downward and twist the wire around the eye pin.  Trim excess wire.  Next, string a 8mm white bead and repeat with another bead cap on top of it plus one more small white bead and the final bead cap.  Slide a silver bead cap on top of the final beaded bead cap for a neat finish.  Make a plain loop on top.

5.  Open the loop at the bottom and attach to the top jump ring of the glass sticks dangle.  Close the loop.  Attach the loop on top to the loop on an earring hook.  Make a second earring to match the first.

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