Anyway, I decided, once again, to try using acorn caps in my jewelry creations. This year, I created necklaces and earrings that incorporate the acorn itself, rather than using the cap to create some other form as I did last year. This time, I crocheted little acorn nuts to take the place of the natural nut, and then secured them into the caps using an adhesive (E6000). I painted the caps with a metallic acrylic paint, and secured a small gold bead cap with a loop on it at the stem area to use as a means of attaching the acorns to earrings and necklaces.
Here are some photos of what I've come up with so far.
|On this pair of earrings, I used a light copper color cord and pumpkin-colored metallic thread.|
|You can get a bit better view of the chain stitches in this shot.|
|These acorns were crocheted with olive green cord and another shade of green thread with the barest hint of metallic gold in it.|
|This pair of acorns I crocheted using brown, permanently-colored, copper wire.|
|I found a stem with two caps jutting out from it at angles! I used this one to make a necklace. It matches quite well with the brown wire earrings (above), but the acorns were crocheted using mahogany cord and gold metallic thread.|
|I used gold plated chain, coffee-colored cotton cord and the mahogany nylon cord embellished with beads, and an antique gold-plated leaf toggle clasp to complete the necklace.|
Here is a very general pattern for making the crocheted acorns -- but you will need to tweak it depending on the size of your acorn caps and the type of fiber or wire you use. I used a US size 4 steel hook.
Crocheted Acorn for Natural Acorn Cap (crocheted in rounds)Chain 16. Join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1 - Chain 1. Make one single crochet (sc) in each chain. Join the last sc to the first sc with a slip stitch.
Rounds 2-4 - Chain 1. Make one single crochet in each stitch around. (16 sc total) Join the last sc to the first sc in the round with a slip stitch.
Round 5 - Chain 1. [Make one single crochet in each of the first two stitches. Single crochet two together (sc2tog) over next 2 stitches] 4 times. Join last stitch of the round to the first sc with a slip stitch.
After Round 5 - here it gets a little more improvisational and it is somewhat a matter of just getting it to look the way you want it to -- Chain 1, sc2tog over next 2 stitches. Continue to do this (you will be essentially going in a spiral now, rather than a round, bringing the work to a point) until you only have a couple of stitches left. slip stitch them together to close the acorn.
I would love to see photos, if you decide to try this. Just post a link or insert the photo in a comment. I would also be interested in hearing what you think of this idea.