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Grand Victoria Christmas tree earrings

Warm up with a pair of holiday earrings that hearkens back to the good ol’ days

A stack of margarita crystals lends itself perfectly to the shape of a pine tree. Dress it up with a tree stand (pewter bead cap), some garland (Bali silver spacers), and a candle on top (red and yellow seed beads) for a perfect little Christmas tree that looks as good as a vintage greeting card. For trees that look like they have snow on their boughs, use crystals with AB finish. 

SUPPLIES

Pair of earrings

  • Swarovski crystals (erinite or emerald)
    • 2 10 mm margaritas
    • 2 8 mm margaritas 
    • 2 6 mm margaritas 
    • 2 3 mm bicones 
  • 2 2 mm silver bead
  • 4 11/0 Japanese seed beads (red)
  • 2 15/0 Japanese seed beads (yellow)
  • 2 9 mm snowflake spacers
  • 2 7 mm snowflake spacers
  • 2 4 mm daisy spacers
  • 2 9 mm bead caps
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) 22-gauge head pins
  • pair of earring findings
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
A kit for these earrings can be purchased at www.beadcircus.com


INSTRUCTIONS

Grand Victoria Christmas tree earrings a
Photo a
Grand Victoria Christmas tree earrings b
Photo b

1. On a head pin, string a bead cap, an 11/0 seed bead, a 10 mm margarita, a 9 mm spacer, an 8 mm margarita, a 7 mm spacer, a 6 mm margarita, a 4 mm spacer, a 3 mm bicone, an 11/0, a 15/0 seed bead, and a 2 mm bead (PHOTO A).

2. Make a wrapped loop.

3. Open the loop of an earring finding, and attach it to the wrapped loop (PHOTO B). Close the loop.

4. Make a second earring.

Tip!

Editor’s note: For a variation, use gold findings and spacers instead of silver.

Grand Victoria Christmas tree earrings small version
Designer's note
Make a smaller tree by eliminating the 10 mm margaritas and 9 mm spacers. Adjust the size of the bead cap to fit the smaller tree. You can also substitute other seed bead colors for the “candle.”
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