BODACIOUS EARRINGS AND PENDANT

(copyright 2014 Deborah Roberti)

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Bodacious Earrings and Pendant

UPDATE!

You can substitute MiniDuo beads for SuperDuo beads to create earrings and pendants that do not “dome” but lie flat instead and are about the size of a quarter.

 

MATERIALS

Earrings:
• Two yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 65 size 11/0 seed beads
• 36 Color1 SuperDuo beads
• 36 Color2 SuperDuo beads
• 14 size 4mm beads of any type
• two small (2-4mm) closed jump rings
• a pair of earring findings

Pendant:
• One yard of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 35 size 11/0 seed beads
• 18 Color1 SuperDuo beads
• 18 Color2 SuperDuo beads
• 7 size 4mm beads of any type
• a size 4mm closed jump ring
• a chain or cord with clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with a yard of FireLine.

Leaving about a 6-inch tail, string a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead and a seed bead.

Tie the beads together in a tight double knot:

Step 2: Go back around through the beads that you strung in the last step, grab the tail thread and tie another tight knot:

Step 3: Go back through the seed bead and the inside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

NOTE: I find it best to weave your tail thread into the circle and cut it now so it doesn’t get in the way later.

Step 4: Go around and through the outside hole of the same Color1 SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 6: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

It’s a tight squeeze to get three Color2 SuperDuo beads in between each Color1 SuperDuo bead but just squeeze away and don’t worry if they get floppy. You’ll fix that later.

Step 7: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 10: String three Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 11: Go back through the inside hole of the three Color2 SuperDuo beads highlighted in RED:

To help maintain tension, pull tight, knot once but do not cut your thread.

Step 12: Go around and through the outside hole of the same Color2 SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 13: String a Color1 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 14: String a Color1 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the two Color2 SuperDuo beads highlighted in RED. Pull tight as you do so that the outside ends come together in a “v”:

Step 15: String a Color1 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 16: String a Color1 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the two Color2 SuperDuo beads highlighted in RED. Again, pull tight as you do so that the outside ends come together in a “v”:

Step 17: Repeat Steps 15 and 16 until you come to the end:

Step 18: Go back through the inside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the inside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Again, to help maintain tension, pull tight, knot once but do not cut your thread.

Step 19: Go around and through the outside hole of the same Color1 SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 20: String two seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String a seed bead, a 4mm bead and a seed bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 22: String two seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 23: Repeat Steps 21 and 22 until you come to the end:

Pull tight, and as you do, allow the beads to form a slight dome.

NOTE: If you are using MiniDuo beads instead of SuperDuo beads, your earring/pendant will not “dome” but lie flat instead.

Knot once but do not cut your thread.

Step 24: Go back around through the outer ring of beads highlighted in RED:

Step 25: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 26: String a seed bead, a 4mm bead and a seed bead. Go through the jump ring and then back down through the last seed bead that you just strung:

Step 27: Go back down through the 4mm bead and the two seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 28: Go around through the outer ring of beads highlighted in RED and the jump ring:

Weave your way back into the beadwork, knot and cut your thread.