Beaded Earrings

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If you were to stalk my Pinterest right now you would see that I am a little OBSESSED with beaded fringe earrings right now, and was so excited to give them a try. I can’t lie, I was a little nervous at first, but was pleasantly surprised that they really aren’t that hard to make. So grab some beads, and let’s get to making!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  

  

Start by taking a long piece of beading thread (about 4 feet).  String 6 beads and then pull them down to within a few inches from the end of your thread. Then you are going to go back through all 6 beads again, going in the same direction as you went through before.

Then pull it so 3 of the beads go parallel to the other 3 beads.

  

Again going in the same direction go through the first 3 beads, string on the jump ring, and then string through the other 3 bead.

To start the next row, you are again going to string on 6 beads. Then you are going to take you needle up through the first 3 beads or row 1, through the jump ring and down the other 3 beads. Pull the string tight so that the six new beads form 2 parallel sets of 3. Then down through what will soon be the middle 3 beads of row 2.

   

To finish the row, sting 3 more beads, string up through the 2nd set of beads in row 1, through the jump ring, down the 1st set of 3 beads of row 1, and finally down the 1st set of beads or row 2.

  

Once again, start the next row by stringing on 6 beads. Then you are going to take you needle up through the first 3 beads or row 2, and then down the next 3. Then down through the 2nd set of beads in row 3.

String on 3 more beads and then up through the middle set of beads of row 2. You will pull the thread through the last set of beads of row 2, and back through the 3 beads you just added.

  

To finish the row, string on 3 more beads. Pull the thread up through the last set of beads on row 2, and then down the center set of beads. Follow the pattern shown above pulling your thread through the beads so that it is back on the starting side.

     

  

Proceed with the 4th row in a similar manner, following the pattern above.

       

      

Finish the foundation of the earrings by completing row 5 as shown above.

Your foundation should now look like this, and your thread should be on the opposite side then it started on.

Next you are going to start on the loops. I started by stinging on 4 small seed beads, then added a larger E bead. I repeated this pattern 8 more times, and then strung on 4 more seed beads.

It should look something like this.

Attach the loop to the opposite side by pulling your thread up through the last set of beads of row 5, and down the next set of three.

   

For the next loop I started by stringing on 2 seed beads, then I started the pattern of one E bead followed by 4 seed beads. Repeat the pattern 6 more time. End the loop with another E bead, and 2 more seed beads.

Then attach the loop to the opposite side by pulling your thread up through the 2nd to last set of beads of row 5, and down the next set of three.

Your earring should currently look like this.

   

For the final loop. Start by stringing on 3 seed beads, and then add a E bead. Repeat 5 more times, and then string on 3 more seed beads.

Attach the loop to the foundation by going up the next set (the only set not attached to a loop) of beads from Row 5. Then weave your thread through several sets of beads as a way to “tie” off.

Trim off any excess thread.

Finally finish your earring by attaching an ear wire to the jump ring!!!

Now repeat the whole process again so you have a finished pair! These earring were so much fun to make, and I hope you enjoy them too!

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