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HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Everyone’s talking about the latest television series ‘The Crown’. Have you seen it? This Netflix-original drama follows the royal family throughout the changing word, political challenges and romantic tales during the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II. in one episode in particular, (where The Queen meets President Kennedy) we swooned over the sapphire and diamond jewels that she wore for the occasion.  These jewels were in fact given to the young Princess Elizabeth in real life, by her grandfather King George as a wedding gift in 1947. She later had the largest sapphire made into a handing pendant which also doubles as a brooch!

We were immediately reminded of the latest Swarovski innovations for spring/summer 2019 – ‘Majestic Blue’, as part of the Wanderlust collection. With a royal wedding approaching this spring and feeling inspired by the Queen’s jewels, we came up with a beautiful earring design fit for the occasion! In this tutorial, you will learn how bezel a Swarovski crystal Majestic Blue fancy stone using the peyote stitch with Toho seed and make a decorative finish with NEW Swarovski Dove Grey pearls.

Materials


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Tutorial

Step 1

Cut a 1m length of thread, attach a needle to one end and string on 36 seed beads. Pass the needle back through the beads to make a loop. Go back through them again and tie the ends of thread in a knot to secure.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 2

Begin your peyote stitch by threading on a bead, skipping the seed bead, and going up and through the next one. Repeat until you have gone all the way around the circle.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 3

Once you reach the start of your circle, ‘step up’ by passing the needle through the outer bead which is the first you added on your last step. Now add another seed bead, skip the bead below and go through the next outer seed bead until you have made another circle. Step up as before and repeat again.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 4

It should begin to look like this.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 5

Step up and now go around once more, this time alternating between pearl, seed bead, pearl, to fill the gaps.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 6

Place your crystal inside the beads to check the shape and size. From now on, pull the thread carefully but firmly to begin to tighten the beads around the crystal. Be aware that it won’t fit tightly until the final steps, so don’t snap your thread! Now step up again through the first pearl you added. Add a ring of seed beads going through the pearl and seed you just added like before.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 7

Add a ring of seed beads going through the pearl and seed you just added like before.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 8

Exit through the seed bead after the pearl. Add a seed bead, skip a bead and go through the next seed bead. Add another seed bead, skip the pearl and go through the next seed bead.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 9

Make another ring of seed beads, going through all the last row of seeds that you added, sticking out. Remember to pull the cord carefully but firmly to pull the beads around the crystal.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 10

This time without any beads at all, pass the needle through the inner circle of beads to re-inforce the strength and security of the crystal. Make a few half-hitch knots as you go along and when you are happy that your beadwork and crystal is secure, trim away the tail end.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 11

Making the top

Weave your needle up to the top of your pendant (where one pearl sits) by going through the seed beads. Go through the pearl and exit the other side. String on three pearls and go back through the original pearl of the pendant to make a loop. Pull the thread so that the pearls sit snugly together (we corrected this mistake in the picture!). Now add a seed bead in between the pearls and go through once more to reinforce it and make a tight loop.

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

Step 12

Now pass through the first seed bead you first added, string on four seed beads and go through the next seed bead. For the top section, add two seed beads, your ear wire, two seed beads then go through the next seed bead. Add another four seed beads and go through the last seed bead. Go back through this loop of seed beads to secure the shape and once more with a few half-hitch knots to secure the work. When you are happy that everything is secure, trim away your tail thread.

I hope you enjoyed making your earrings! We would love to see your finished designs, so why not share a photo on our Facebook page?

Katrina x

HOW TO MAKE - Elizabeth Earrings with New Swarovski Innovations

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