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Sparkling snowflake earrings

Shimmering crystals and Swarovski cosmic rings light the way
Sparkling snowflake earrings key

SUPPLIES

Blue/purple earrings 33⁄4 in. (9.5 cm) 

  • 2 14 mm cosmic rings (Swarovski, crystal vitrail light)
  • 2 8 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski, indicolite)
  • 2 6 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski, Caribbean blue opal)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski)
    • 30 color A (violet AB 2X)
    • 12 color F (aquamarine AB 2X)
  • 8 4 mm round crystals (Swarovski, cyclamen opal)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski)
    • 84 color B (Capri blue AB 2X)
    • 26 color C (crystal AB 2X)
    • 20 color D (cyclamen opal)
    • 32 color E (light sapphire AB 2X)
  • 4 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1061L, galvanized rose)
  • 5 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 377J, peacock lined; www.beyondbeadery.com)
  • 2 1.5 x 5.5 mm small coiled rings (TierraCast; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) eye pins (sterling silver)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test (crystal)
  • beading needles, #12
  • dowel or pen
  • file
  • chainnose pliers
  • wire cutters

Pink earrings colors:  

  • 14 mm cosmic rings (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 8 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski, crystal golden shadow)
  • 6 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski, silk)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski) 
    • color A (white opal)
    • color F (purple haze)
  • 4 mm round crystals (Swarovski, crystal AB)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski)
    • color B (vintage rose)
    • color C (crystal)
    • color D (crystal golden shadow)
    • color E (sand opal)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Czech, gold-lined opalescent milk)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 364, color-lined fancy dusty rose)
  • 5 mm daisy spacers (vermeil), in place of 1.5 x 5.5 mm small coiled rings 
  • 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) eye pins (gold-filled)

INSTRUCTIONS

Sparkling snowflake earrings 1
Figure 1
Sparkling snowflake earrings 2
Figure 2
Sparkling snowflake earrings 3
Figure 3
Large medallion

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick up four color A 4 mm bicone crystals. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next A in the ring. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 (b–c).

3. Pick up a color B 3 mm bicone crystal, a color C 3 mm bicone crystal, and a B, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round. Retrace the thread path, and step up through the first B and C picked up in this round (d–e).

4. Pick up a color D 3 mm bicone crystal, an A, and a D, and sew through the C your thread exited at the start of this step in the same direction. Retrace the thread path, and sew through the next B, 11/0, and B (e–f).

5. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0 seed bead, a 4 mm round crystal, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the B, 11/0, and B your thread exited at the start of this step in the same direction. Retrace the thread path, and sew through the next C (f–g).

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 three more times, and sew through the beadwork to exit an A along the outer edge of the medallion (FIGURE 2, point a).

7. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a color E 3 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and exit the E (a–b).

8. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a B, a color F 4 mm bicone crystal, a B, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the E your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and sew through the beadwork to exit the same A along the outer edge of the medallion (b–c).

9
. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a B, an 11/0, a 15/0, a C, a 15/0, an 11/0, a B, a 15/0, and an 11/0. Sew through the next A along the outer edge of the medallion (c–d).

10. Repeat steps 7–9 three more times, and sew through the beadwork to exit an outer edge C (FIGURE 3, point a).

11. Pick up a B, an A, and a B, and sew through the C your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the first B (a–b).

12. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, an E, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the second B added in step 9, with the needle pointing toward the B your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the next 11/0, 15/0, C, 15/0, 11/0, and B (b–c). 

13. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, an E, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the second B added in step 11, with the needle pointing toward the B your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Sew through the beadwork to exit the next available outer edge C.

14. Repeat steps 11–13 three more times, and exit an A along the outer edge.

Sparkling snowflake earrings 4
Figure 4
Sparkling snowflake earrings 5
Figure 5
Cosmic ring

1. Pick up a B, a C, and a B, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the first B and the C just picked up (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up an 11/0, five 15/0s, and an 11/0, and sew through the C again to form a loop. Retrace the thread path through the loop, and exit the third 15/0 (b–c).

2. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and exit the 15/0 picked up in this step (c–d). Repeat this step three more times to create a tab extending from the medallion (d–e).

3. Pick up two 15/0s and an 11/0, insert the tab through a 14 mm cosmic ring, and sew through the C picked up in step 1 (e–f). Pick up an 11/0 and two 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (f–g). Retrace the thread path several times, and end the working thread and tail.

Small medallion

1. On 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread, pick up a B, a C, a B, and an A. Sew through the first B again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Retrace the thread path, and continue through the first B and C. Pick up an 11/0, five 15/0s, and an 11/0, and sew through the C again to form a loop. Retrace the thread path through the loop, and exit the third 15/0.

2. Work as in steps 2 and 3 of “Cosmic ring,” but do not end the threads. Position this tab on the ring opposite the large medallion. Sew through the beadwork to exit the A added in step 1 (FIGURE 5, point a). 

3. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, an E, an F, a B, an 11/0, a 15/0, an E, an 11/0, a 15/0, a B, an A, a B, a 15/0, an 11/0, an E, a 15/0, an 11/0, a B, an F, an E, a 15/0, and an 11/0. Sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step to form a ring (a–b). Retrace the thread path through the ring, and continue through the first 11/0, 15/0, and E picked up in this step (b–c). 

4. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a B, a 6 mm crystal rondelle, a B, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the last E added in the previous step (c–d). Retrace the thread path, and continue through the ring of beads created in step 3 to exit the A at the top of the ring opposite the tab (d–e).

5. Pick up a C, an 11/0, four 15/0s, an 11/0, and a C, and sew through the A again to form a loop (e–f). Retrace the thread path through the loop, and sew through the beadwork to exit the nearest F (point g) with your needle pointing toward the large medallion.

6. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a D, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the nearest B added in step 1 with the needle pointing away from the large medallion (g–h).

7. Sew through the next A and B. Pick up an 11/0, a 15/0, a D, a 15/0, and an 11/0, and sew through the F on this side of the ring (h–i). End the working thread and tail. 

Ear wire

1. On an eye pin, string a C, an 8 mm crystal rondelle, a 1.5 x 5 mm coiled ring, and an A. 

2. With chainnose pliers, make a 90-degree bend in the wire above the A.

3. Pull the wire around a dowel or a pen, bringing it toward the 90-degree bend to form an ear wire. Trim the wire if necessary.

4. With chainnose pliers, grasp the wire approximately 3⁄16 in. (5 mm) from the end, and bend it slightly upward. File the end of the wire to remove any burs.

5Open the loop of the eye pin, and attach the loop of beads at the top of the small medallion.

6. Make a second earring.
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