It seems Ariel needed new earrings….

Poor Ariel. She isn’t very careful with her earrings. So Sammie and I set out making another set for her – one with a little more bling!

You see, Ellie and Sammie both got these FABULOUS 18″ Ariel dolls from their Aunt Ginger for Christmas. Not only have we made them skirts, pants and shirts, we’ve also made nighties and jackets! I can’t tell you how MUCH they love their dolls!

Oh, remember how I told you I hadn’t met a hobby I didn’t like? Well, jewelry making was one I used to do. Nothing fancy, just some beading a little wire bending. Hence all the tools. But you can do this yourself. See the bottom for instructions!

bead

Put the bed on the headpin then bend around to make a loop. Wrap around the stem for a stronger hold.

tools

First you need some 16 gauge wire, a pretty bead, a head pin and something to twist the wire.

assemble

Then you need a small child to help you assemble it.

show off

Then she needs to show off her work.

ariel

Ariel wearing her new bling - modeling it with some help from Sammie

What you’ll really need to do:

  • Get some 16 gauge wire – nickle from someplace like Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby or someplace similar is fine! (Check to make sure it fits in your dolls earring hole – should be similar for American Girl dolls, too.)
  • Get some head pins – they are thinner wire (maybe 24 gauge?) with a little end on it to keep the bead on.
  • Some pretty beads are a must
  • Something to bend the wire and some wire cutters
  • Cut the thicker wire to about 1/2″
  • Bend to a ring, as seen in the first shot on the left
  • Bend slightly to line center of loop with the straight wire as seen in the middle in the first shot
  • Bend the loop so it opens
  • Put the bead on the head pin
  • Bend around to make a loop
  • Put the bead on the headpin on the hooked thicker wire
  • Clamp the hooked wire closed
  • If desired, bend the loop on the thick wire down to be flat to the ear when being worn as seen in the last shot
  • I also *slightly* bend the thick wire to stay in the ear better, while still being easy to insert

I’d love to hear how this works for you if you make some earrings!

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “It seems Ariel needed new earrings….

  1. Nana

    Beautiful job, Sammie and Andi! Ariel looks lovely!

    xxoo,

    N

  2. Aunt Ginger

    Sammie and Ellie

    I love Ariel’s new earrings! They are so pretty and they remind me of the ocean. The aquamarine color is the color of the ocean by the coral reef where Ariel lives. It is my very favorite color. I am sure that Ariel really appreciates her new jewelry and the special outfits that you made her.

    Love you,
    Aunt Ginger

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