There are so many paths to take with your jewellery making when you discover the different beading bases available! The useful round bead frames I chose to use feature small threading holes and a channel around the edge to sew your chosen beads into. I used size 8 seed beads which fit into this channel really well, but you could try swapping these for more 3mm faceted round beads which are a similar size or use bicones instead. To add a splash of colour to the earring, I wanted to use the beautiful Majestic Blue crystals in my blue design and the bright Fuchsia pink crystals in my pink variation.
Follow my simple project below to learn how to make your earrings!
- 16.5mm round bead frame x 2
- Size 8 seed beads
- Size 15 seed beads
- 3mm Swarovski faceted round beads x 20
- 4mm Swarovski faceted round beads x 18
- Beading thread
- Silver plated ear wires x 2
You will also need
- Beading needle
- Flat/chain nose jewellery pliers
If you want to make larger earrings or maybe a larger matching pendant, you can choose from 2 sizes of the bead frames used in the pattern below, HERE.
Step 1. Take a metre of thread and add your beading needle to one end. Pick up 19 x size 8 seed beads and 19 x size 15 seed beads, alternating between the two. Thread through these a second time and pull the beads into a loop shape. Slot this around one of your silver bead frames and pull the thread tighter to secure it onto the frame. Knot the two ends of thread together to secure. Take your main thread and pass through a few beads. Sew down through one of the bead frame holes and up through the next. Thread through a few more beads and repeat, securing your ring of beads to the frame. Repeat this a total of 4 times to secure the circle of beads in different places.
Step 2. Exit through a size 8 seed bead. Pick up 1 x size 8 seed bead and thread through the next size 8 bead on your ring of beads, so it sits on top of the size 15. Repeat this until you have added 9 beads. When you have added these, you should be able to count upwards 5 x size 8 beads to reach the top bead on your circle. This is where you will attach your ear wire later in the project.
Step 3. Thread around the top of the circle of beads. Thread through the first size 8 bead you added in the last step. Pick up a 3mm faceted round bead and thread through the next seed bead from the last step. Repeat this until you have added 8 x 3mm beads here.
As you work, you will not be able to thread through your size 15 seed beads many times due to their small threading holes. To change directions as you travel from one side to the other (instead of threading around the circle again) use the holes around your silver frame to change directions. Further into your design, simply thread around the beads nearby to change directions. Make sure to try and follow the thread paths.
Step 4. Change directions so that you exit through a faceted round bead added in the last step. Pick up 2 x size 15 seed beads and thread through the next faceted round bead. Repeat this a total of 7 times to fill the gaps between the faceted rounds.
Step 5. Change direction by threading around the size 8 beads and faceted round beads here. Thread through the first of the 2 x size 15 seed beads added in the last step. Pick up 1 x size 15 and thread through the next size 15. Thread through the faceted round and the first size 15 seed bead. Add 1 x size 15 in the gap between the pairs of seed beads.
Step 6. Change direction by threading around the beads here. Thread through the single seed bead added in the last step and add 1 x 4mm faceted round bead between each of these.
Step 7. Change direction again. Thread through the first 4mm faceted round, pick up 1 x size 8 seed bead and thread through the next 4mm faceted round. Repeat this a total of 5 times.
Step 8. Change direction. and thread out of the the size 8 seed bead added in the last step. Pick up 1 x size 15, 1 x size 8, 1 x size 15 and thread through the next size 8 seed bead from the last step. Repeat this a total of 4 times.
Step 9. Change direction. Thread out of the size 8 as shown in the image above. Pick up 1 x size 15, 1 x 4mm faceted round, 1 x size 15. Thread through the next size 8 seed bead. Repeat this twice more.
Step 10. Change direction again. Thread out of a 4mm faceted round. Pick up 1 x size 15, 1 x 3mm faceted round, 1 x size 15. Thread through the next 4mm faceted round at the bottom centre of the design. Pick up 1 x size 15, 1 x 3mm faceted round, 1 x size 15 and thread through the next 4mm faceted round. Thread around these beads nearby to change directions.
Pass through the beads you just added and exit through one side of the centre 4mm faceted round. Pick up 3 x size 15 seed beads and thread through this 4mm bead again to wrap the 3 beads around the bead.
Step 11. Thread through 2 of the 3 seed beads just added. Pick up 3 more size 15 seed beads and thread through this centre (2nd) seed bead again to make a point on the base of your design.
Step 12. Thread back up through your design, weaving through the beads following the thread path as best you can. Exit through the topmost size 8 seed bead.
Pick up 3 x size 15 seed beads and thread through the same size 8 seed bead at the top again to make a small loop at the top.
Step 13. Thread back down through your design, knotting along the way to secure the thread. If you struggle to thread through the size 15 seed beads around the frame from step 1, thread down through the frame and back up to miss out the size 15. Continue to thread around the design until you are confident your design won’t unravel. Do the same with any tail threads.
Finally, trim off excess threads and attach your ear wire to the top of the earring using your pliers to open and close the loop on the finding.
I hope you enjoyed making your earring! Why not try swapping your Swarovski beads for fire polished beads in your favourite colours? Remember, you can post pictures of your finished designs on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.