Hey club members We’ve got Bianc van der Molen on spotlight and she’s got something free for everyone, DIY Earrings!
Cute as a button earrings The image on the left uses Toho beads and the one on the right use Miyuki. There’s a slight difference on the size so Bianc suggests to choose your beads to work with. The beading technique used to create the earrings is circular peyote bezeling a bead. Now, let’s begin!
Step 1: Snip of a length of thread that you are comfortable working with. String a gumdrop on it and carry it to the end of the thread. Leave about a 6 inch tail.
Step 2: String on nine 11/0 seedbeads and go through the gumdrop on the opposite direction then follow the next 2 images.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 and make sure you have those beads on the opposite side of the first string of beads. Make sure you hold on your thread tight throughout the pattern!
Step 4: Go through all the beads again so that all the beads connect.
Step 5: Come out of one of the beads and string on one 11/0 seedbead, skip one bead and go through the next.
Step 6: Repeat step 5 for the rest of the round. Don’t forget to step up after you have beaded the last bead.
Step 7: The next round we are going to peyote stitch with size 15/0 seedbeads
Step 8: When you have finished this round, peyote stitch again but without picking up a bead. This makes the work a little bit tighter..
Step 9: Go back in the work and exit a bead on the bottom.
Step 10: Come out of one of the beads and string on one 11/0 seedbead, skip one bead and go through the next.
Step 11 & 12: Repeat step 10 again for and do 2 rounds.
Step 13: Repeat step 10 but replace the size 11/0 seedbeads with 15/0 seedbeads!
Step 14: Repeat step 13 for the last time and go through all the beads again without picking up a bead.
Step 15: Go back into your work and come out a 11/0 seedbead (one of the red colored bead!).
Step 16: Pick up one 15/0 – one 11/0 – one 15/0 – daggerbead (or similar) one 15/0 – one 11/0 – one 15/0 – skip one red bead and go through the next.
Step 17: Pick up one 11/0 – one 15/0 – one 11/0 and go through the next red bead.
Step 18: Repeat step 17 for 6 other times and go through the beads of step 16 again.
Step 19: Go back into your beadwork until you reach the top side of your earring. This is
behind the middle picot and straight in line with the dagger dangle on the bottom. Make sure you come out of the first red bead on the left.
Step 20: Pick up 5 (or more if needed) and go through the next red colored bead.
Step 21: Go through the bail several times for strength and go back into your beadwork
and make a half-hitch knot, if you want to secure it, here and there.
Step 22: Repeat steps 1 to 21 for the second part of the earrings and voila! You’ve got a pair of earrings that’s cute as a button!
Bianc van der Molen is the face behind Jewellery by Bianc also known as JBB Tutorials. She discovered beads around 2006 and has been hooked on them ever since. She taught herself jewelry designing and at the end of 2012 she began making her own tutorials. Bianc is one of our Guest Contributors for DIY Beading Magazine @iPad Issue 7
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