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St Patrick's Day 2014: DIY Leprechaun Earrings

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"My two favorite colors of the rainbow are gold and leprechauns." -Jarod Kintz, It Occurred To Me.

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Leprechauns have been a favorite in folklore of the Emerald Isle for centuries. The magical creatures are most known for their mischief, and have been the subject of television, film, and other forms of popular culture. According to Irish legend, if a leprechaun were to be captured by a human, he has the power to grant three wishes. By some accounts, the leprechaun must give up his pot of gold.

In celebration of the holiday, you can sport your own trendy leprechaun earrings. We've compiled this DIY tutorial to help you get started in time for the festivities. This craft can be completed by beginner, intermediate, and advanced jewelry designers.

For this project, you will need:

  • Four gold headpins
  • Two gold eyepins
  • Two gold earring hooks
  • Four black 4mm-5mm round glass beads
  • Two green glass teardrop beads, preferably between 12mm-15mm
  • Two gold 8mm round glass beads
  • Two green glass rondelle beads
  • Four green glass cube beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

Directions:

  1. Take your gold eyepin and add a green glass teardrop bead, a round 8mm gold glass bead, the green glass rondelle bead, and the green glass cube bead. This creates the body of your leprechaun.
  2. Use the round nose pliers to create a loop after you've added the green cube bead. Don't close the loop completely.
  3. Add a gold earring hook to the loop you just created. Use your round nose pliers to close the loop completely after the gold earring hook has been added.
  4. Now, for the headpins...add a 4mm black glass bead to the headpin.
  5. If your headpin is long in length, use your wire cutters to cut off excess wire. Make sure to leave about 1/2- 3/4 of a centimeter of wire behind the glass bead.
  6. Use your round nose pliers to create a loop. Don't close the loop completely.
  7. Add the little bauble you just created to the bottom of the eyepin of the leprechaun's body.
  8. Close the loop of the headpin completely once it is secured to the leprechaun's body using your round nose pliers. This is now your leprechaun's foot.
  9. Repeat steps 4-7 to create another foot for your leprechaun. Make sure to add the second bauble to the eyepin of the leprechaun's body to ensure both feet are about the same length.
  10. Repeat these directions for your second earring.

Your pair of leprechaun earrings are now ready to wear!

Check out our slideshow for more inspiration for DIY St Patrick's Day earring projects using beads, polymer clay, and other unique mediums.

View the included video by Fahmida Hashmi featuring earrings made from a unique medium...rolled paper! The earrings are coated in a water resistant base. The texture of the rolled paper makes a beautiful design.

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