Christmas Jewelry

Christmas Tree Earrings Tutorial

I know that as I write this (August), it's a wee bit early for Christmas jewelry.  Then again, it's never too soon to get prepared!  But even if you are reading this in early December, not to worry -- these are fast and fun to make!

O Christmas Tree

The first part of this video tutorial for these holiday earrings is probably old hat to a lot of you.  The last part may not be though, so even if you're use to this technique, you might want to take a look anyway.

The neat part of these is that they are so fast to make.  So if you need a super-fast gift, as long as you have the supplies, you're good to go in a few minutes.

Which reminds me -- here are the supplies you'll need for the first pair:

  • Two 12mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 10mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 8mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 6mm marguerite beads.
  • One 4mm bicone bead.
  • One 6mm cube bead.
  • Two headpins; I used 3 inch headpins, but you can also use eyepins and just make your own.
  • Pair of earring findings.

Not terribly expensive, fortunately.  As for the colors, feel free to use anything you like, but for the video I used emerald for the marguerites, fire opal for the bicone and light topaz AB for the cube.  All beads are from Swarovski.

For the second pair I used

  • Two 12mm artemis beads.
  • Two 4mm bicone beads.
  • Two 4mm cubes beads.
  • Two headpins -- Again, I used 3".
  • Pair of earring findings

And of course, all of these are Swarovski crystal beads.

So -- how about the Christmas tree earrings video tutorial?  Step right this way and enjoy!

 

 

Christmas Earrings, Coraling Stitch

Seed Bead Jewelry Earrings, Coraling Stitch

Seed Bead Jewelry Earrings, Coraling Stitch

I just got in a findings order, and I decided to play around with what I got.  One of the items I received was an accident; the bag was labeled correctly, but the wrong findings were included!  Fortunately, when I called Customer Service, they sent me out the right item and said to go ahead and keep what I have (whoopee!).

So, after getting together my seed beads, some Fireline and the earring findings, I set to work making some green, gold and red earrings, using the coraling stitch.

Now I've mentioned the coraling before, and it's basically a type of kinked fringe.  I thought it would work beautifully with the domed earring findings that I got by accident.

So here are the tools I used:

  • Domed earring findings, with perforations
  • Fireline, 6 lb, smoke color
  • Seed beads, size 11, in green, gold and red
Domed Earring Findings

Domed Earring Findings

From that point, I just stitched up through the perforations on the earring findings.  I put 2 strands of the coraling through each perforation.  I started out with mostlu green on the top, then added more gold as I worked downward, added red to the gold and then mostly red.

Each earring took me about an hour to accomplish.  It was a fun way to spend a couple of hours to make some holiday earrings that are definitely different from what you normally see.

So, what else will I make?  I have some ideas as to what else I can do with these findings (I got 10 pair), although I don't know for sure that I will include seed beads, mainly because the perforations are farther apart than I'd like for using the seed beads.

I got something else that I normally would not order, for an experiment -- memory wire toe rings.  Now I don't wear toe rings, nor do I wear rings in general (aside from my wedding ring).  But I had an idea that I just had to try.

Here is a hint; it uses vintage beads, but in a way that's definitely not vintage!

So while I go and experiement with my memory wire, I'll let you check out [nmslink:vintage jewelry lot, some vintage beads and redoux findings].  Who knows where your next jewelry inspiration will come from!

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…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Did you go out shopping on "Black Friday"?  The roads and stores around here are so jam-packed that I just order most of my gifts online.  And fortunately, my family as a whole likes gift cards and certificates, so most "shopping" is fairly easy.

Christmas Tree Pins by Eisenberg, JJ and Art  (Click to Enlarge)

Christmas Tree Pins by Eisenberg, JJ and Art (Click to Enlarge)

However, David and I ventured out yesterday (Saturday) in search of more flea markets.  We've been traveling around South Florida, and have even ventured up into Central Florida searching for treasures.  And aside from some things that show up in virtually every flea market we've been to (Avon, lucky bamboo and parakeets), you never know what you'll find.

But you know what I am having a tough time locating?  Christmas tree pins.  For that matter, Christmas jewelry as a whole.  I see a ton of jewelry sellers, but they are mainly the gold-plated chains and sterling silver jewelry.  Oh, and the stretch bracelets.  But no one has Christmas pins!

(Of course they could always be like me and be hoarding them.)

Well, I have managed to snag a few from ebay, but in some cases, they were a hard-won battle.  At any rate, let me leave you with a photo of the pins I have won from ebay. 

Then later on today or perhaps tomorrow, I will share with you pictures of a gorgeous Christmas gift I got from Jennie, involving lots and lots of seed beads in bracelet form.  I don't even want to think of the time it took her to make them!

Today's eye candy consists of [nmslink:boro beads -sex, boro beads], which even though I don't work it anymore, I still love the look.

5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Europa
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Europa
$10.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4h 49m
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Outburst  WOW
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Outburst WOW
$21.99
Time Remaining: 4h 37m
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Sunshine Azul
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Sunshine Azul
$11.99
Time Remaining: 4h 42m
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Magenta Wisps
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Magenta Wisps
$12.99
Time Remaining: 4h 40m
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Multi Strike
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Multi Strike
$17.99
Time Remaining: 27d 4h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99

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Christmas Tree Pins Again

Christmas tree pins, as I stated in my previous post, don't make up a lot of my costume jewelry collection; I just haven't collected them much (or, collected inexpensive ones and tossed them when I no longer wanted/needed them).

Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Pin  (Click to Enlarge)

Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Pin (Click to Enlarge)

So, I've been bidding on ebay for Christmas tree pins, to no avail -- until a few nights ago.  I won!  I won!  And I think it's a lovely pin, too.

It's designer/manufacturer is Eisenberg, and naturally it's signed costume jewelry.  Since Eisenberg still makes costume jewelry, and based on the condition of the pin, I'm going to guess the year made as somewhere in the 1980s, or possibly early 1990s.  So maybe it's not quite vintage.  But it sure is pretty, don't you think?

And miracle of miracles, I won another Christmas tree pin last night!  This one is definitely vintage, as my friend Jennie has the same pin, and she remembers getting it either in the late 1960s or possibly the very early 1970s.  Since I just won that one, it'll be a few days before I get it in hand.

I have a bid for one more, and it doesn't end until tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, that I win!

I never really realized exactly how collectible Christmas tree pins were until I was bidding on them.  I've seen quite a few go $100 or more, and plenty in the $50 and up range.  As for me, my budget doesn't go that high; I keep it under $20 per pin.

Well, if you're interested here's a [nmslink:signed Christmas tree,list of signed Christmas tree pins] on ebay.  And naturally, here are a tantalizing few below.

Vintage Signed Accessocraft Christmas Tree Pin Rhinestones and Beads Brooch
Vintage Signed Accessocraft Christmas Tree Pin Rhinestones and Beads Brooch
$5.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 40m
Vintage Signed Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
Vintage Signed Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
$43.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 3m
Vintage Signed Cadoro Partridge in a Pear Tree Enamel Pin Christmas Brooch
Vintage Signed Cadoro Partridge in a Pear Tree Enamel Pin Christmas Brooch
$15.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 32m
Vintage ART Signed Christmas Tree Pin Rhinestone Brooch
Vintage ART Signed Christmas Tree Pin Rhinestone Brooch
$10.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 45m
Eisenberg Signed Beautiful Vintage Christmas Tree Rhinestone Brooch
Eisenberg Signed Beautiful Vintage Christmas Tree Rhinestone Brooch
$9.95
Time Remaining: 15h 3m

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