VICTORIAN EARRINGS

(copyright 2008 Deborah Roberti)

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Materials:

• 2 yards waxed Nymo or C-Lon thread, size D, or 6 lb. FireLine
• About 50 size 11/0 seed beads
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads
• 16 size 4mm bicone crystals
• two small (2-4mm) jump rings
• a pair of ear wires, or whichever type of earring finding you prefer

Step 1: Thread your needle with one yard of Nymo, C-Lon or Fireline. String six seed beads. Leaving about a 6-inch tail, tie the beads in a circle with a double knot:

Step 2: Go through the next three seed beads on this circle of six seed beads:

Step 3: String a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a crystal, a seed bead and a fire-polished bead. Go around and back through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads that you exited at the end of the last step:

Step 4: Go through the next seed bead on the circle of six seed beads:

Step 5: String a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a crystal and a seed bead. Go around and across through the fire-polished bead that you added in Step 3 (highlighted in RED), and then through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads that you exited at the end of the last step (also highlighted in RED):

Step 6: Go through the next seed bead on the circle of six seed beads:

Step 7: String a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a crystal, a seed bead, a crystal and a seed bead. Go around and up through the fire-polished bead that you added in Step 5 (highlighted in RED), and then through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads that you exited at the end of the last step (also highlighted in RED):

Step 8: Go back down through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the crystal and the seed bead that you added in the last step:

Step 9: String three seed beads. Go around and back through the seed bead that you exited at the end of the last step, forming a picot:

Step 10: Go back up through the crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads (highlighted in RED):

Step 11: Go through the next seed bead on the circle of six seed beads:

Step 12: String a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a crystal and a seed bead. Go around and up through the fire-polished bead that you added in Step 7 (highlighted in RED), and then through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads that you exited at the end of the last step (also highlighted in RED):

Step 13: Go through the next seed bead on the circle of six seed beads:

Step 14: String a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a crystal and a seed bead. Go around and across through the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED and then through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads that you exited at the end of the last step (also highlighted in RED):

Step 15: Go through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads and up through the fire-polished bead (both beads highlighted in RED):

Step 16: String a seed bead, a 4mm crystal and two seed beads. Go through the jump ring and then back through the last seed bead that you just strung:



Step 17: String a seed bead, a 4mm bicone crystal and a seed bead. Go down through the fire-polished bead, across through the seed bead on the circle of six seed beads and up through the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 18: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the jump ring again to reinforce your attachment to the jump ring:

Weave your way back into the earring, knot in and cut your thread. Thread your needle with the tail from Step 1, weave your way into the earring, knot and cut your thread. Attach your earring finding to the jump ring.


For a PDF of this pattern, click HERE:

A matching Victorian Bracelet Pattern is for sale HERE: