Color Inspiration - Happy Holidays
by Kristal Wick
I don't know about you, but I love the holidays! Any holiday, from birthdays to the 4th of July. I even make up holidays to celebrate and bounce me out of a funk (funniest day of the year, eat all my fave goodies day, ISIJAKD - International Stay In Jammies And Knit Day). They bring joy and make us feel good. I don't look at the holiday season from a religious perspective but from a celebration perspective. The ritual and deep meaning of the winter solstice is one of my favorites and I give myself permission to take the time and crank the dial way down, take slow, deep breaths and feel the deep gratitude for my life.
As a maker, just like you, creating and sharing my hand crafted jewelry brings great pleasure especially during the holiday season. I make jewelry all year long with the intention of selling or gifting specific pieces. And, although I'm pretty good at capturing all my pals and loved one's on "the list" I'm always caught with a surprise gift or two from someone I didn't expect - and I have nothing for them! Not only is it awkward, but the scrambling for another present and feeling badly messes with my holiday-zen vibe. So, I came up with a perfect solution and have continued this for years. I make a few simple, easy to please pieces of jewelry for those surprise guests! These earrings fit the bill and are quite fun to make using your bead stash or buying a few beady colors.

I adore this festive holiday card that kind of looks like a quilt and thought it might be a lovely color inspiration for jewelry. I matched the traditional holiday colors for these earrings, wanting a vintage feel, not bright and shiny. The muted red and matt evergreen beads worked well with a few metal spacers thrown in. The base is simply memory wire with loops on each end attached to an ear wire. Three dangles connected with a jump ring is the finishing touch and that's it! Such a fun and easy project, you'll have trouble deciding how many to make!

Creatively,
Kristal
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Happy Holidays - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, holiday earrings
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Happy Holidays - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, holiday earrings
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Happy Holidays - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, holiday earrings

Materials

22 Gauge Ring Memory Wire Silver Finish - Approximately 75 Coils
H14-4
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Silver Filled Headpins 24GA 1.5 inch - Pack of 10
S8-12
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Gold Filled Twisted Roundels 4.5mm - Pack of 2
J9-389
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  • Gold Club Price: $2.03
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Gold Filled Seamed Beads 2mm - Pack of 20
J9-370
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  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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Gold Filled Corrugated Roundel 3mm - Pack of 5
J9-346
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4mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5000 Round Swarovski Beads - Pack of 12
A13-75
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4mm Fuchsia 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-116A
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  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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6mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5000 Round Swarovski Beads - Pack of 10
A13-75B
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6mm Peridot 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-16B
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.025) 22ga. (OD)3mm (ID)1.56mm - Pack of 10
K11-24
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ 2.5mm Ball & Coil - Round Wire 25mm - Pack of 2
K19-38
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WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
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Memory Wire Cutters - Pack of 1
G2-36
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  • Category: Design
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