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Flowers of valor earrings

Echoing the look of military medals from the Elizabethan period, only softer. 

Shapely seed bead petals surrounding a peyote bezel with a crystal center fit the bill of the Elizabethan period's military medal style beautifully.

SUPPLIES

pair of earrings

  • 2 8 mm cube crystals
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors: A, B
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads, color B
  • pair of earring findings
  • nylon beading thread or Fireline 
  • 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • 2 pairs of pliers

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Flowers of valor earrings Photo B
PHOTO A
Flowers of valor earrings Photo A
PHOTO B
Flowers of valor earrings Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Flowers of valor earrings Figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread or Fireline, pick up 20 color A 11/0 seed beads. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first bead in the ring.

2. Working in tubular peyote stitch, pick up an A, skip an A in the ring, and sew through the next A. Repeat around the ring, and step up through the first A added in this round. Work a total of five rounds of tubular peyote using As. Insert an 8 mm cube crystal into the bezel. Work a round using color B 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the last round again to snug up the beads.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit an A in round 3 aligned with the hole of the cube. Sew through the cube (PHOTO A) and an A in round 3 aligned with the other side of the hole. Retrace the thread path to secure the cube in the bezel.

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit an A in round 1. To make a petal, pick up 12 color B 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the next up-bead (PHOTO B). Repeat around the bezel, adding a total of 10 petals, then sew through the first 10 B 11/0s of the first petal (FIGURE 1, a–b).

5. To join the petals, sew up through the third and fourth B 11/0s of the next petal (b–c). Sew down through the ninth and 10th B 11/0s of the previous petal, sew up through the third and fourth B 11/0s of the next petal again, and continue through the following six B 11/0s (c–d).

6. Repeat step 5 (d–e) eight times. To join the last petal to the first, sew up through the third and fourth B 11/0s of the first petal, sew down through the ninth and 10th B 11/0s of the last petal, and sew up through the third B 11/0 of the first petal.

7. Pick up three As, and sew down through the 10th B 11/0 of the petal (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up two As, and sew down through the second B 11/0 of the petal (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew down through the 12th B 11/0 of the petal (c–d). Sew through the next up-bead in the bezel then up through the first B in the next petal (d–e).

8. Pick up an A, and sew up through the 11th B 11/0 of the petal (e–f). Pick up two As, and sew up through the third B 11/0 of the petal (f–g). Pick up three As, and sew up through the ninth B 11/0 of the petal (g–h). Sew down through the fourth A of the next petal (h–i).

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 around the flower. End the working thread and tail. 

10. Open the loop of an earring finding, attach a petal, and close the loop.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make a second earring. 

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