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Pearl earrings

I rarely experience beader’s block because I just have too many ideas! But these sew-on components had me stumped. I was determined to use them and eventually the idea came to me: I opted for fun and fabulous earrings. The design process came together easily with pearls and seed beads; if you ever find yourself saying, “I wonder what would happen if...” — try it.


  • 2 6 mm round pearls
  • 80 3 mm rice pearls
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 2 yd. (1.8 m) thread
  • 2 14 mm mesh screens with backs
  • flexible beading needle
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Beads Gone Wild, The mesh screens and backs are sold together and called “sew-on linkables with cover.” They are also called beading disks; try searching different terms.

Also check your local bead store for supplies.


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Step 1
For each earring: Cut a 1-yd. (.9 m) piece of thread and center a needle. From back to front, string the center hole of a mesh screen. String a 3 mm pearl and a 15/0 seed bead. (I used red thread for steps 1 to 4 for illustrative purposes.)
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Step 2
Go back through the pearl and the center hole in the screen. Tighten the thread, leaving a 4-in. (10 cm) tail.
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Step 3
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Step 4
Working outward, continue to string one pearl and one 15/0 through each of the holes in the screen until you’ve strung all of the holes. Tie the threads on the back side of the screen after you’ve strung each set.
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Step 5
On the back of the screen, tie the ends of the thread together with several knots. Trim the excess thread.
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Step 6
Place the beaded screen in a back. Use chainnose pliers to carefully fold the prongs to hold the screen in place.
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Step 7
On a head pin, string a 6 mm pearl. Leaving about 1–2 mm on each side of the pearl, make the first half of a wrapped loop.
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Step 8
Attach the loop of the head pin unit and a loop of the back. Wrap the wire around the stem one and a half times above the pearl.
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Step 9
Bring the wire down around the pearl and wrap the wire once around the stem below the pearl.
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Step 10
Bring the wire back up around the pearl and complete the wraps above the pearl. Trim the excess wire.
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Step 11
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.
When wrapping the head pin around the 6 mm round pearl, pull the wire snugly against the pearl. Also, use thinner head pins for easier wrapping.
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