Anyway, I have two new projects that I wanted to get out there, that I will put up here on the blog. The first is the "Doctor Moon Earrings", which astute observers will recognize from Doctor Who. Yes, I just watched "Forest of the Dead" again (I've been on a Tennant/Tate kick) and, simply put, the Doctor Moon is a guardian for a very special little girl. I won't say any more than that for the uniniated - no spoilers!
Anyway, I just like the sound of doctor moon - and a little time spent observing the heavens is pretty healing. So that's what was on my mind when I came up with these. I used a silver/lavender palette, and some iridescent coin beads to mimic our Moon.
I made this image extra large so you can see the supply list. Here's a closeup of the prototype:
Laying out tools is very important - saves hunting later! For these I used wire cutters, round nose pliers, and some slightly thicker pliers. These are my go-to tools and can be found at any craft store or online craft retailer.
This is an image of the anklet I took the dangle bells from. I got this years ago at a ren faire and never really wore it, so now it's being parted out. These can be found by the ton at faires, or faire suppliers, and I often see a variety of mini bells at places like Firemountain Gems.
Speaking of supplies, here's the bead board: From top to bottom we have iridescent glass coin beads, a lavender glass "pearl", a clear glass round bead, and a lavender tiny round bead. I included the jump rings and head pin in the array of parts so you can get a better idea of how these are assembled.
I work from the bottom up on earrings, so I assembled the dangle first. Make a simple loop on your headpin if it doens't already have one, then open and attach your jump ring.
Put the bells on, then close the jump:
And here you are!
Next, put your beads on the pin, starting with the bottom-most ones:
Close it off with another simple loop, then add your final jump ring and your ear wire:
And there you have it! A finished earring! These are about an inch and a half long when completed. If you choose other types of beads, your length may vary!
And there they are on a happy crafter!