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Swinging fringe earrings

Make quick and easy earrings using round crystals or fire-polished beads and seed beads.
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MATERIALS
earrings

  • 2 8mm round crystals or fire-polished beads
  • 6 6mm round crystals or fire-polished beads
  • 12 4mm round crystals or fire-polished beads
  • 12 5mm bicone crystals
  • size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 2g color A
    • 2g color B
  • 6 size 15/0 seed beads
  • 6 bead caps
  • pair of earring findings
  • nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #11
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Note: Substitute fringe beads and components as desired.

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Photo A
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Photo B
To create an even-looking brick stitch frame around your center bead, make sure to select your 11/0 seed beads carefully. They need to be of uniform width and height.

1. Thread a needle on 1 yd. (.9m) of beading thread. Leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up an 8mm round bead. Bring the thread around the bead, and sew back through the hole in the same direction, as if creating a stop bead. Repeat three times. You should have two threads running parallel along each side of the bead (PHOTO A).

2. Pick up two color A 11/0s. Sew under two exterior threads on one side of the bead, making sure not to pierce the threads. Sew through the second A picked up, in the opposite direction (PHOTO B)
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Photo C
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Photo D
3. Pick up an A, sew under the two exterior threads, and sew back up through the A just picked up. Repeat, continuing in brick stitch until you’ve added a total of six As.

4. To add the seventh bead, pick up an A and cover the 8mm’s hole by sewing under the two threads on the other side of the bead (PHOTO C).

5. Continue around the 8mm until you’ve added six As on this side. Add the seventh bead as in step 4. To complete the round, sew down through the first A picked up, and sew up through the second A. Pull the thread tight.

6. Pick up three color B 11/0s. Sew under the next thread bridge, and sew through the last B added, in the opposite direction (PHOTO D).

7. Pick up two Bs, and sew under the next thread bridge and up through the last B picked up. Repeat to complete the second round.
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Photo E
8. At the end of the round, pick up a B, and sew down through the first B picked up in this round (PHOTO E), under the thread bridge, and up through that same B.

9. To make the center fringe, sew through the beadwork to exit the second-round B closest to the 8mm’s hole.
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10. Pick up two Bs, an A, a 4mm round crystal or fire-polished bead, an A, a 5mm bicone crystal, an A, a 4mm, an A, a 5mm, an A, a 6mm round crystal or fire-polished bead, a bead cap, an A, and three Bs. Skip the three Bs, and sew back up through the fringe and into the beadwork (PHOTO F).

11. Sew through the beadwork to exit a second-round B one space over from the center fringe. Repeat step 10, but pick up only one B at the start of the fringe.

12. Sew through the beadwork to exit on the other side of the center fringe, and repeat step 11.

13. To create the earring-finding loop, sew through the beadwork and the 8mm to exit a second-round B next to the 8mm’s hole on the side opposite the fringe.
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Photo G
14. Pick up two Bs, three 15/0s, an earring finding, and two Bs. Sew into the adjacent second-round B to create a loop (PHOTO G). Retrace the thread path for security. Secure the tails in the beadwork with a few half-hitch knots, dot the knots with glue, and trim. Repeat to make a second earring. 
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Substitute fringe beads and components as desired.
EDITOR'S NOTE:
Get creative with fringe substitutions. Try using 6/0 seed beads and 8/0s, or try a dagger bead instead of the picot at the end.

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