Anemone Bracelets

Anemone Bracelets

Anemone bracelets are super easy and super fast. And they can use up your cheap 6/0 seed beads!

purple and blue on a white base

purple and blue on a white base

clear pink on a white base with an 11/0 color mix

clear pink on a white base with an 11/0 color mix

bottom:  bronze base,  cheap Walmart 6/0 bead mix with brown 11/0s;  top: white base, same mixed beads, and white 11/0s

bottom: bronze base, cheap Walmart 6/0 bead mix with brown 11/0s;
top: white base, same mixed beads, and white 11/0s

Five Anemone Bracelets

Five Anemone Bracelets

These bracelets are super easy, mindless work. Sometimes you just feel like making something that doesn’t take a ton of concentration, and this fits the bill. You can also add other types of beads, like the acrylic flowers and leaves that I added here in a bracelet for my 8 year old niece Chloe.

Cut your wire an inch longer than your desired finished length.

Cut your wire an inch longer than your desired finished length.

Cut a length of wire about an inch longer than the length you want, don’t forget to add in the size of the clasp. Attach a clamshell bead tip cover and some crimp beads to one half.

Base beads

Base beads

String on enough 6/0 seed beads until about half an inch from the desired length. Leave 3/8″ empty space before adding the other clamshell.

3/8" empty space  to allow for embellishments.

3/8″ empty space to allow for embellishments.

Thread a needle with a good wingspan of thread or fireline, something thin enough to allow at least 3 passes through the base beads, which already have the wire running through them. Tie the line on to one end of the base, at the clamshell, with an overhand knot.

embellishment!

embellishment!

Add a 6/0 and an 11/0; go back through the 6/0 and then pass through the first base bead. You can also use 8/0s instead of 11/0s. Continue on adding a 6 and an 11 on to every base bead.

pretty flowers for an 8 year old girl.

pretty flowers for an 8 year old girl.

I decided to mix it up a bit on this bracelet by adding some acrylic flowers and leaves in there in place of some of the 6/0’s.

First embellishment pass of three

First embellishment pass of three

I substituted a flower on every 6th bead on the first pass of embellishment. Otherwise you would just add 6/0’s and 11/0’s to every base bead all the way down to the other end of the bracelet.

try and snug that embellishment bead up in there

try and snug that embellishment bead up in there

Try and snug the embellishment bead up against the base bead that you are adding it to so that it is tight in there. Especially once you are on the second and third passes, the potential for loose thread and loose beads is high, so I usually hold the embellishment bead up against the base bead with my thumbnail while I pull the thread through so it stays tight against the base.

And voila!  After three passes; two with flowers and one pass with leaves.

And voila! After three passes; two with flowers and one pass with leaves.

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I added flowers every sixth bead on the first pass; leaves every sixth bead in the second pass, and flowers again in the third. Stagger the embellishments. If using just 6/0 beads like the five bracelets at the top of this post, just make at least 3 passes of embellishment. Tie off the thread, add the clasp, and that’s it!

Boelyn Bracelets

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I came across a download for the Boelyn Bracelet, a project by Mandy Duffy from Bead and Button magazine. For some reason the “link” feature is not working for me today on WordPress, so I will say if you google “Boelyn Bracelet”, the second thing that comes up is the PDF download for this project.

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The bracelet came out so nice, and is so sturdy feeling, that I am going nuts making these! I have 6 made so far, which has wiped out my stash of fire polished 6mm rounds. As soon as I get some more….back to the Boelyn bracelets! I saw some of these on Etsy for forty bucks!

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Anyway it is not a difficult project – the most tedious part is the final embellishment, but even that is easy! This project uses about 22 6mm round beads, about double that of 4mm rounds, 20 or so fire polished beads, and then some of the SMALLER 11/0’s, and some 15/0’s.

You start out by making a simple Right Angle Weave bracelet of 4mm and 6mm rounds. I used approximately 22 6mm rounds to make a bracelet to fit my 7″ wrist.

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST use SMALL 11/0 seed beads in this bracelet, like Czech beads. DO NOT use Toho or Delicas – it just doesn’t come out right. There is an editor note in the tutorial that says this exact thing. Of course, on the third bracelet I made I didn’t listen and used some Tohos, and ended up ripping the WHOLE bracelet apart. Those cheap Czech seed beads work PERFECTLY.

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Anyway add three 11/0’s between each 4mm along the length of the bracelet on both sides. Only add two at the ends, on either side of the 6mm.

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Next you need to add a 6mm fire polished bead along the top of the bracelet for the entire length. Come out of the first 4mm bead. String 3 11/0’s, 6mm fire polished, and 3 more 11/0’s.

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Go across the bracelet to the corresponding 4mm on the other side, and go thru the bead with your needle exiting towards the end of the bracelet closest to you.

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Add 3 more 11/0’s and go through the fire polished bead.

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Add 3 more 11/0’s and go into the 4mm that you started at, this time exiting with the needle facing the other end of the bracelet, the end that is FARTHEST away from you.

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Ta Daa! So you will have an X of seed beads joining this fire polished bead to the top of the bracelet. Go through the next 3 seed beads on the base of the bracelet, and go through the next 4mm. Repeat this for the entire length of the bracelet. You will have 2 less fire polished beads than you had 6mm rounds in the base.

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At this point I added a clasp to one half. Coming out of the end 6mm base bead, string 3 11/0’s, a 4mm, one 11/0, half the clasp, one 11/0. Go back through the 4mm. Add 3 more 11/0’s and go back into the 6mm base bead on the opposite side you came out of. Continue on to the embellishment.

This is the only tedious part of the project, only reason being you have to sometimes work your needle in there to get into the correct beads. Between each fire polished bead you will have a ‘mountain’ of beads: 3 up, 3 down, 3 along the bottom, and 3 up the next side, etc. (I look at this part as coming up and down the side of a mountain). At the top of the mountain, You will add a 15/0 seed bead in a corresponding color.

I put a bigger bead on the top of this mountain so it would stand out - its the black one.

I put a bigger bead on the top of this mountain so it would stand out – its the black one.

Then go down the mountain (thru all 3 beads going down). Pick up the CENTER bead of the 3 going across the bottom, and then UP only 2 of the 3 beads going up the next side. Add an 11/0, and go back to the first side of the mountain, going down the BOTTOM 2 of the 3 beads only. Grab that center bottom bead again, and go up all 3 beads of the second side of the mountain. Add your 15/0. Then repeat along the length of the bracelet.

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The path you follow; blue first, then yellow.

The path you follow; blue first, then yellow.

Sounds confusing, but you get the hang of it after a few. When you get to the end of the first side, you can go ahead and add the other half of the clasp. Then go back and do the embellishment on the other side. boelyn 18

I can bang one of these out in about three hours. They’re so pretty! And they are so very sturdy and substantial feeling. One of my greatest fears is that something I make is going to fall apart so easily. And when I wear some of my earlier pieces, I HAVE HAD them break on me at work! Granted, I do a lot of physical labor things at work, but still….the number one self conscious reason I hesitate to sell things that I make is that I am terrified it will break on somebody. I am working on really finishing threads the correct way, and reinforcing clasps and whatnot. But this bracelet….I really feel good about it! I think this bracelet would make a wonderful gift for someone for Christmas.

Beaded Flower Necklace

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I found this video from Kelly, of Off the Beaded Path, for this Fun Floral Necklace. It requires SuperDuo beads, 11/0s and 8/0s. That’s it! It is fun to make, too.

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Kelly gives the option of making the flower components all the way around, or making the chain-like components and as many or as few of the flowers as you like. I chose to make five flowers, and the rest chain. I made 14 chain components for each side on the red necklace, and wanted it a bit longer so I made 15 on each side for the gold necklace.

The Ingredients:  Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

The Ingredients: Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

Making the flowers is easy! String 8 SuperDuos into a circle and add an 8/0 in the center.

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Add an 8/0 between each top hole of all 8 SuperDuos.

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Add 3 11/0s between each 8/0.

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Each flower gets ONE connector, made of 2 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and 2 more 11/0s.

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Flowers are joined together by adding 11/0s to the side of one flower that doesn’t have the connector to the connector of the next flower.

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After all your flowers are joined together it’s time to work on the “chain”!

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The chain is basically a variation of the connectors – very easy and quick. You can even mix it up, like I did here, by using a few 8/0s in place of some of the 11/0s.

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The video shows each step in detail. The whole necklace works up in a few hours!

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Funky Chunky Bead Stash Jewelry!

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They’re BIG! They’re BOLD! They’re COLORFUL! And best of all, they USE UP BEAD STASH BEADS!

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I came across some paper beads from when I FIRST started beading. I remember we went camping, and I brought paper, scissors, markers and glue with me…and sat in a tent for an entire day while it rained and made a ton of paper beads. So I remembered seeing these Anthropologie inspired earrings all over Pinterest some time back and got out some wire.

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I’m not very good with wire. These earrings are pretty big. But they sure are colorful! And I’m not afraid to wear big colorful earrings every now and then!

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A few weeks ago I got an email from Auntie’s Beads touting Karla Kam’s one millionth view on her video for bead crochet. So I gave it a whirl!

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I used wire that was bigger than recommended. Well, that’s all I had on hand. But I did manage to use up a bunch of blue beads, including a few packages of cute lampwork beads that were in the dollar markdown bins at Walmart.

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Aren’t they groovy? Every time I see a bag of lampworks in the markdown bin I can’t resist. Anyway this necklace is REALLY REALLY BIG. I’m not sure if I will ever have the motivation to wear it. Maybe with a white t-shirt and some sort of cardigan. In winter. Maybe.

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Yeah, that’s a big old heavy necklace. But it was fun to crochet with wire and beads. Maybe if I get smaller, thinner wire I would like it better.

Beaded Bracelet Assortment

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I work on jewelry every single night. Every. Single. Night. It’s been well over a year, and I still love to bead, to the point that I can’t wait to get home from work and browse the internet and find something I want to attempt to make. Here are some of the bracelets that I have made over the past few weeks.

Embellished RAW Bracelets

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

Sometimes I even bring some beads to work with me, on days when I know it is going to be slow. I try and keep it simple, so I make strips of Right Angle Weave, and then embellish them when I get home.

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

I left the edges unfinished – I’m not sure why, but usually I add something between each bead along the length of the bracelet.

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads.  Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads. Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones. Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds.  Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds. Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones. Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.  Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones - edges finished with 2 of the 11/0's between each 6/0.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds. Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones – edges finished with 2 of the 11/0’s between each 6/0.

These bracelets are so easy – they take about an hour to make start to finish.

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds.  Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips.  Still working on the edges....

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds. Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips. Still working on the edges….

Panda Hall Flower Bracelet

I don’t know what else to call this bracelet, but I used a free tutorial from Panda Hall to make two bracelets. This first one follows the tute exactly:

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

The first side works up super quickly – the second side, which incorporates some beads from the first row into the pattern, takes a bit of paying attention.

I love this one!

I love this one!

This second bracelet is just the first row of the pattern. I got done with the first row, counted my beads I had left, and found that I was a few beads short! So I just left it as one row.

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

Tubular Herringbone / Chenille Stitch

I made my first tubular herringbone piece a few weeks ago – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

Using this tutorial from Bead Mavens, which incorporates bugle beads into the herringbone stitch, I added some gold bugles to brown and white 8/0 seeds.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

It was fun to do, and I liked using the 8/0’s…they were the perfect size. Not to small and not too large. Then I came across a video for Chenille stitch which is described as “a combination of ladder and herringbone stitches”.

rainbowy red  and matte black 8/0 seeds.

rainbowy red and matte black 8/0 seeds.

I like the pattern of X’s, or flowers…and I did mess up a few times in this, but once I got the hang of it, it was just as easy as herringbone. You just have to pay attention on this one, too!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel.  The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach.  I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel. The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach. I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

One of the things I love about beading is how versatile most patterns are. With a change of color or size of beads, or adding extra rows, you can make totally different pieces from one pattern!

Serpentine Necklace

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I live with my husband and my 22 year old daughter. My husband is pretty useless in giving me feedback on things I make, mostly because he enthusiastically proclaims “It’s beautiful! So pretty!” about EVERY SINGLE THING I show him. The daughter is good at giving feedback about what 22 year olds like, but unfortunately for me it is usually big chunky pieces that are basically just STRUNG. And right now, I’m not into ‘just strung’. I like to put a little time and effort into things, rather than just simply stringing some beads on a cord. I feel like I’m cheating! If I ever decide to actually try and sell some stuff, it will work in my favor that the pieces that the young girls seem to prefer are the easier, simpler things.

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But to my point! My best gauge of things I make seems to be wearing pieces to work and seeing how many comments I get on it. I work with the public, I see hundreds of people every day. And when I wore the gold serpentine necklace to work last week, boy did I get a lot of comments on it! It does take a bit of time, but it can be done in one night ( my favorite time frame – some time required, but yet still the gratification of a finished piece that same night!). It is also very versatile – you can use any number of combinations of seed beads and 4mm’s.

I used an article entitled “Custom Cool” from the August/September edition of Beadwork magazine which was a serpentine chain by Melinda Barta. I will post the screenshots below of the 2 page spread. The instructions call for 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, and 4mm beads. I needed a project that was easy to remember and repetitive for a trip I was taking where I needed something to do. But I messed up and brought 8/0’s and 11/0s by mistake, and it came out just as nice, maybe even better! So you can use either 11’s and 15’s, or 8’s and 11’s on this project.

working the second pass of four....

working the second pass of four….

On 6 feet of thread, center 5 11/0’s, half the clasp, 4 more 11/0’s. Cross through another 11/0 and knot the strings together. You will have 3 feet of thread on each string. Let one hang loose! You will be using the other thread to string 4 11/0s and one 4mm until you have the length you need. REMEMBER: this necklace will be bunching up, so you need to make it longer – each set of 4 seeds and one 4mm will make 3/8″ of finished necklace. I used 42 sets to make a 16″ finished piece. Add a stop bead when you reach the end, and move your needle to the other thread. ONE MORE NOTE: Usually instructions call for a certain length of thread and I have a ton left over; in this one I fell short every time so 6 feet is a CONSERVATIVE estimate…you may want to go a bit longer than 6 feet.

Finished passes one and two.

Finished passes one and two.

Now you are going to add a 15/0 between each 11/0 with the second piece of thread. For each set of 4 11/0’s, you will add 3 15/0’s. So go through the 4mm, through the first 11/0, then add a 15, go thru next 11, add a 15, go thru next 11, add a 15, then go thru the last 11, the next 4mm, the first 11 of the next set, and continue. Go all the way down. Time to get ANOTHER 6 feet of thread! Center it through the loop and clasp so that you have two more 3 foot pieces ready to go!

After pass 2 the necklace should start to zig a bit...

After pass 2 the necklace should start to zig a bit…

Pass number 3 - adding more 15's between the 15's that were added in pass 2

Pass number 3 – adding more 15’s between the 15’s that were added in pass 2

Thread number 3 will be adding 4 more 15’s to each set. You should have 4 11/0’s and 3 15/0’s in each set. We will now add 2 15’s between the first and second 15 of the set, and 2 more 15’s between the second and third 15 of the set. It sounds confusing but its really not. Go through the 4mm, the first 11, the first 15. Add two 15’s, and go through the second 15. Add two more 15’s and go through the third 15, the last 11, the next 4mm, and continue. If you look at the diagram on the screenshots below, you will say AHA. So when you finish the third pass, each set will have 4 11’s, and 7 15’s.

another look at pass number 3 - each set should have 4 11/0's and 7 15/0's.

another look at pass number 3 – each set should have 4 11/0’s and 7 15/0’s.

The final pass! Switch your needle to the last 3′ piece of thread. THIS time, the final addition is an 11/0, in a DIFFERENT but complimentary color, between the 2 sets of 15’s that you added last pass.

Last pass - add a different colored 11 between the 2 sets of 15's that you added last pass.

Last pass – add a different colored 11 between the 2 sets of 15’s that you added last pass.

So this time you will go thru the 4mm, thru the first 11, thru the first 15 of pass number 2, thru the first 2 15’s you just added. String your new 11. Then go thru the second set of 15’s you just added, the last 15 from pass 2, the last 11, and the next 4mm. WHEW! Things start getting snug here, but the necklace really should be zig zagging pretty good by now.

another look at pass number four

another look at pass number four

Finally check the length, if you want to add to it you can totally do that now. Otherwise make the other loop and clasp and trim away!

gold serpentine necklace using 8/0's and 11/0's.  And 6mm polymer beads.

gold serpentine necklace using 8/0’s and 11/0’s. And 6mm polymer beads.

So that’s it….I used some 6mm polymer clay beads from Ali Express – 200 polymer beads for under $4 – they are so cute, too. They look hand rolled (slightly imperfect) which adds to their charm, imo.

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And here are the screen shots to the actual article:

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These instructions also have an option to make two separate chains, each one a half of the necklace, which you then join together with a pendant or drop in the center. That’s what I am going to try today!

Sunflower Earrings – Rivoli, SuperDuos, and 11/0’s

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Week two of messing around with the assortment of Rivolis that I bought reminded me of this pin that I have had on one of my boards for a while. It is a MUCH simpler way to encase a Rivoli as opposed to peyote stitch. The ingredients for each earring are: 24 superduo beads, one 14mm Rivoli, and a handful of 11/0 seed beads. NOTE: Do NOT use 11/0 cylinder beads. Only use Toho or regular Chinese glass seeds. I found out the hard way that 11/0 cylinder beads yields bad results. Behold:

11/0 Cylinder Beads results in an earring FAIL

11/0 Cylinder Beads results in an earring FAIL

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On a yard of thread, string 12 superduos with a seed bead between each one. Go through the first superduo to make a circle and knot the tail piece to hold it together. Move your thread up to the top hole of the superduo you are at. Go round the circle adding two seed beads between each superduo, going top hole to top hole all the way around.

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Next you need to add another superduo on top of each superduo in the circle. I just kinda came out of a top hole, went through the bottom hole of the new superduo, then back through the top hole of the one in the circle again. Go through two seed beads to get to the next superduo and repeat all the way around.

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Move your thread up to the top hole of the new superduos you just added. Then add a seed bead between every OTHER superduo. This is what is going to allow it to cinch up around the Rivoli.

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Place the Rivoli face down into the center of your circle. Holding it centered with your fingers, pull the thread tight to cinch up around it, and tie a knot in your thread to hold it in place.

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I added a little extra beading to the back of my Rivoli to hold it in place better. This was not on the instructions in the web page that I referenced above, but I am still so nervous beading around Rivolis, and it seemed a bit loose in there. So I added three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli (the seed beads that were between every OTHER superduo that were added in the last step).

adding three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli

adding three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli

I then added one more seed bead between the center seed bead of each set of three that I just added. Just to make a little net of beads for the back.

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The final step, before adding the earhook, is to weave your way back to the top of the piece where there is a row of two seed beads all the way around, these beads are between the two sets of superduos. Go through the first set of two, add three seed beads, and go through the next two on the circle. This makes the little petals of the flower. Do this all the way around.

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Add the ear hook, I came out of a center bead of one of the petals, and added a seed bead, a superduo, another seed bead, a jump ring, a seed bead, back through the other hole of the superduo, a seed bead, and then back through the bead in the petal. These earrings took me about fifteen minutes to make each one. They are so easy! I didn’t really try to color coordinate this, it was more just grabbing some beads that were handy. But now that I see how cute and easy they are, I am going to make a few more pairs in some great colors!

so sparkly!

so sparkly!

Here is one with blue rivoli, blue and clear superduos, clear 11/0's on the flower and blue 11/0's for the petals.

Here is one with blue rivoli, blue and clear superduos, clear 11/0’s on the flower and blue 11/0’s for the petals.

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And I reworked the pattern to fit a 12mm Rivoli instead of a 14mm….it takes 9 Superduos instead of 12. Here is a pair using a green 12mm Rivoli, some green and red Picasso superduos, and silver and red 11/0’s.

sorry for the bad lighting.  As usual.

sorry for the bad lighting. As usual.

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And here is one using an 18mm Rivoli. It took 14 Superduo beads instead of 12. I haven’t decided whether to use it as a pendant or make another for a set of earrings. Maybe both!

18mm Rivoli

18mm Rivoli

Sunflower earring Pink 18mm Rivoli and gold seed beads

Sunflower earring Pink 18mm Rivoli and gold seed beads

I ended up sharing a cab with a stranger while wearing these earrings, and she exclaimed “Wow! Where did you get those earrings? They look like they are from India…did you get them from India?” I never thought about that, but I guess they do kind of look like they are Indian!

Sparkly!

Sparkly!