Week 9 of 52 is here and today we are going to rock some himmeli earrings. ROCK THEM I SAY!!
Himmeli are little geometric sculptures that were originally made as Finnish Christmas ornaments. Today you can find some version of them at most home decor retailers. They usually have an air plant stuffed inside them. In 2016, himmeli and air plants go together like Kanye and stank face. They are BFFs.
- Beading wire – 26 gauge was a perfect balance of flexibility and strength for this project. It is basically the Gabby Douglas of wires.
- Beads – You need 13. I used a 12mm twisted bugle bead for these.
- Needle nose pliers
- Earring hook
1. Cut a 12-16 inch piece of craft wire. You will have extra that you get rid of in the end, but I liked having the length while working.
2. Slide 3 beads onto the wire.
3. Bend them into a triangle and twist off the wire at the top. You want to wrap your wire around twice at all the twists so it doesn’t come undone.
4. Slide two more beads onto one side of the wire.
5. Bend those two down and twist the wire around the bottom right corner of your triangle, creating a second triangle.
6. Slide two more beads on the wire that is now at the bottom and bend/twist at the top to form a third triangle.
7. Slide two more beads on the top wire and bend/twist down to form a fourth triangle.
8. Slide one bead onto the wire at the bottom.
9. Bend the entire shape around so that you create a square with the single bead you just put on being the 4th side of the square. Wrap the wire to secure your square.
10. Slide one bead on each of your two wire ends and fold them forward/together to create a point with the loose triangle in your shape. Wrap the wire around to secure at the top.
11. Slide your last bead down both strands of wire and create a loop with your pliers.
12. Trim off any excess wire.
13. Attach your loop to the earring hook and close it up.
14. Repeat all these steps to create your second earring.
- Try to keep the wire kink-free as you wrap it. The more it gets bent the harder it is to slide the beads on and the more likely you are to break the wire.
- I also made a pair of all silver earrings with shorter beads and no top bead. They are cute too!
- Leave a little wiggle room between the bead and the corner when you are making your triangles. This will give you the space you need to wrap your wire easily.