Small mica tile
2 polymer clay disk beads
2 Swarovski rhinestone 8mm balls
2 brass eyepins
2 brass earwires
4 copper spacers
2 brass 4mm jumprings
1. Cut the mica with scissors into 4 small rectangles. Use a two-hole metal punch to create a hole in each mica rectangle. Attach two of the pieces together with a small jump ring. (I cut one slightly smaller than the other and cut the top edge at an angle.)
2. On the eyepin string a spacer, disk bead, spacer, rhinestone beads. Trim wire and form a loop.
3. Attach to jump ring. Attach earwire.
The secret ingredient in this design are sheets of mica. Mica is a naturally occurring mineral that has been laminated into flexible sheets. The grade of mica used for scrapbooking and crafts is thick enough to use as charms for earrings. Although I wouldn't recommend it for jewelry that would take a lot of stress, like a bracelet. And I would treat any jewelry made with mica with extra care when storing to make sure it doesn't get bent or cracked. It is heat and water resistant. I cut the mica tiles with regular scissors, which gave them a frosted edge look.
Supplies: Rhinestone balls and mica sheets, Ornamentea. Earwires and eyepins, Bello Modo. Disk beads, Humblebeads.
Heather your disk beads are so beauiful. I love making earrings with them. The mica sheets are a cool addition. I came upon those at Ornamentea quite by accident. You have to see them in person to appreciate them.
I want you to know that you have totally ruined my Christmas! The earrings are so absolutely gorgeous, beautiful, fabulous, etc., etc., that until I get a pair, I'll be miserable. Oh...love them!!!!!! But, do you think that as someone who has never done more than string macaroni with the kids that I could make them? Nevertheless, I have to have them. Thanks so much. Kitty
Those are wonderful earrings! I'm going to have to try those! Thanks for the tutorial.
These are beautiful! I love the mica, such an elegant touch.
Does the mica have sharp edges, and can they be filed smooth?
Heather, another one of your great ideas-- both for the earrings and the tree! The mica is glittery but not glaringly so and it fits right into my decorating scheme! Thanks!
Heather, I always love your designs! Earthy, simple, beautiful and oh so wearable!
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