Wearing a holiday pair of earrings is a fun way to get into the festive mood. They also make a great gift. So I was not surprised when someone recently dug through my bead collection looking to make some Christmas earrings. I didn't have any Christmas tree beads in glass, metal or charms but there are other ways of making this holiday classic. So here are some ideas and tutorials from the Beading Gem to get your creative juices flowing.
Find triangular beads like those in my earrings here, or perhaps even arrowhead beads to get the tree shape. Solid cone glass beads are also perfect but these are harder to find. Those metal cones (see middle design) lurking in any beadaholic's arsenal are great alternatives for a funky metallic look.
Use diminishing sizes of rondelle, flower or disc beads. Fire Mountain Gems has this popular Swarovski Crystal design tutorial.
Like working with wire? Then you will enjoy this spiral tree tutorial design from Wigjig. If spirals are not your thing, then consider L. Kvigne's flat jig squiggle design tutorial .
Wrapturewirejewelry has an awesome free tutorial (shown on left) which was originally published in Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry that you can download for free.
wire and bead Christmas tree inspired tutorial. It's actually ornaments but make them small enough and they will be earrings!
Oven bake Clay
The Sculpey clay website has a cute design. This pin design is rather too large for earrings but it can be scaled down. Embellishing with seed beads will individualise your creation.
Friendly plastic comes in gorgeous colors and can easily be fused together. This lovely set is by Jana Ewy.
Beadweaving using seed beads
- Beadjewelrymaking has a Christmas tree charm tutorial which definitely can be made in earrings
- Kathryn Rice's tutorial uses a simple netting technique (tutorial).
- Christina Wojcik's brick stitch design is one of my favourite tutorials to learn this stitch as you can see from my rightmost earrings pictured way above.
This simple chain maille pair by Auntie's Beads is rather like a Christmas tree. They have a video tutorial. Alternatively check out the Japanese maille style earrings from Metaldesignz for inspiration.
This alternative chain maille Christmas tree is by Emily of For the Love of Beads. The green color is definitely festive!
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