Last Minute Gifts
This week I’ve been making Candy Cane earrings for some of my friends to wear to Christmas parties or wherever they choose to go in the few remaining days before Christmas. Candy Cane earrings are fairly quick and easy to make. If you know how to make a simple loop and how to open and close a jump ring you should have no problem constructing these earrings! It will probably take you longer to go to the store to get the materials needed than it will take you to actually make these earrings.
For each pair of earrings, you will need the following items:
12 white beads (30.48 cm) OR white rounds (4 mm)
12 dark red beads (30.48 cm) OR ruby rounds (4 mm)
2 (3″) head pins, silver-plated
2 jump rings, silver plated
2 flat French hook ear wires, silver plated
Round-Nosed Pliers – for bending headpin wire into loops
Flat-Nosed Pliers – for opening and closing jump rings & other uses
Cutting Pliers – for cutting headpins (and wire in other uses)
The materials and tools can be found at craft stores or bead supply shops. These 3 pliers are the main types used in making beaded jewelry.
Step 1 – Using flat-nosed pliers, open a jump ring, insert a flat French hook ear wire and close the jump ring. (You will need to hold the jump ring with another pair of pliers to do this.)
Here’s a short video on opening and closing a jump ring:
Step 2 – Thread the beads onto the head pin in this order: one red, one white, one red, one white, one red, one white, one red, one white, one red, now the jump ring, then one white, one red and one white. In other words, you thread on 9 beads in alternating colors, starting with red, insert the jump ring onto the head pin; then finish with white, red and white beads.
Step 3 – Using flat-nosed pliers, bend the remaining wire of the head pin at a 90-degree angle.
Step 4 – Using the cutting pliers, cut the excess wire off, leaving 5/8″ to 3/4″ of wire remaining to make a loop.
Step 5 – Using the round-nosed pliers, bend the head pin to form a small loop at the end to keep the beads in place.
Here’s a short video on how to make a simple loop:
Step 6 – To form the curve in the Candy Cane earrings, use your hands and gently bend the head pin downward until you’re satisfied with the shape. I start at the 4th bead from the loop and bend it over my index finger to start, then bend if further downward if needed.
For a nice touch, finish the earrings by adding earring backs to prevent the earrings from slipping out of the wearer’s ear and being lost. Repeat these instructions to make the second matching earring.
Punch two holes in a nice sheet of colored paper and insert the earrings into those holes. Slide the earring backs over the earring wires to hold them in place on the colored paper. If you have scissors with decorative edges, like the kind used in scrapbooking, you can trim the paper to have a nice edge. Place the Candy Cane earrings into a small box or small gift bag and you’re ready to present your gift!
I hope you enjoy making and wearing these Candy Cane earrings!
Remember to savor the flavor of giving!
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