SOLITAIRE EARRINGS

©2017 Deborah Roberti

Solitaire Earrings

MATERIALS
• 4 feet of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 60 size 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki brand preferred)
• 16 size 3mm beads (3mm round beads or 3mm fire-polished beads work best)
• 8 two-hole diamond beads (DiamonDuo or GemDuo beads)
• two small (2-4mm) jump rings
• a pair of ear wires, or whichever type of earring finding you prefer

Beads used in the photo above

Left (Green/Gold):
• About 60 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
• 16 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Iris Green
• 8 GemDuo beads: Gold Shine Green

Right (Turquoise/Silver):
• About 60 size 11/0 seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador (also referred to as Union Beads)
• 16 size 3mm round beads: Silver
• 8 DiamonDuo beads: Turquoise AB

Step 1: Thread your needle with about 2 feet of FireLine.

Leaving about a 6-inch tail that you can weave in and cut at any time, string two seed beads, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go across through the bottom hole of a two-hole diamond bead.

String a seed bead and a 3mm bead.

Grab your tail thread and tie the beads together in a double knot:

Step 2: Go back around through the two seed beads, the 3mm bead, the seed bead and the two-hole diamond bead that you strung in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 3: Go around and across through the top hole of the two-hole diamond bead that you just exited (highlighted in RED):

Step 4: Go through the bottom hole of a second two-hole diamond bead.

String a seed bead, a 3mm bead, a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go around through the top hole of the two-hole diamond bead that you just added:

Step 5: Go through the bottom hole of a third two-hole diamond bead and the top hole of a fourth two-hole diamond bead:

Step 6: String a seed bead, a 3mm bead, a seed, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go back across through bottom hole of the fourth two-hole diamond bead, the top hole of the first two-hole diamond bead and the bottom hole of the second two-hole diamond bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 7: Go back around through the seed bead, the 3mm bead, the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String three seed beads.

Go across through the top hole of the third two-hole diamond bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 9: String three seed beads.

Go back down through the seed bead, the 3mm bead, the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 10: String three seed beads.

Go across through the bottom hole of the first two-hole diamond bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 11: String three seed beads.

Go up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead, the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the four seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 12: String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and two seed beads.

Go around through your jump ring and back down through the last seed bead that you just strung:

Step 13: String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead. Go down through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 14: String a seed bead and go back up through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 15: Go back around through the jump ring and the outer beads highlighted in RED:

Attach your earring finding to the jump ring. Weave back into your earring, knot and cut your thread.

 

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