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Eclipse Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Eclipse Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Lindsay McDonald

Difficulty: Beginner

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This fantastic tutorial from talented friend of Beads Direct, Lindsay McDonald, is sure to totally eclipse your heart. Follow her step by step instructions to make your own Eclipse Earrings in any colour of the rainbow. We are sure even Bonny Tyler herself would approve! Ready? Let's stitch!

Materials needed:
*2 14mm Bonny rivolis
*16 Tila beads (TB)
*32 Super Duos (SD)
*8 4mm round crystals/pearls
*20 size 15/0 seed beads
*2 ear wires
*Beading Thread
*Needle
*Scissors

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

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On an arms length of thread, leaving a 15cm tail, pick up SD, TB,SD,TB,SD,TB,SD,TB.

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Pass the needle through all eight beads again and tie two knots to secure tightly.

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Step 3

Sew through the outer hole of the next TB. Pick up a SD then sew through the top hole of the next SD in the centre ring and pick up another SD.

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Step 4

Repeat step 3 three  more times. Then pass through the outer hole in the next next TB and the already used hole of the next SD.

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Step 5

Sew through the outer hole of the SD you have just passed through. We are now going round our piece in the opposite direction. Pick up a TB, pass through the outer hole of the next SD. Pick up a SD, pass through the outer hole of the next SD.

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Step 6

Pick up a TB and sew through the outer hole of the next SD. Pick up a SD and sew through the outer hole of the next SD. Repeat this twice more. The piece looks a bit baggy at this stage but we will sort this out shortly.

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Step 7

Next we are changing our direction around the piece again. Sew through the outer hole of the TB you have just passed through. Sew through the outer hole of the 4th added (outer) SD in this group. Pass through the next TB.

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Step 8

Continue working around your piece, sewing through the top holes of the outer SDs and the outer holes of the TBs. Finish by sewing through the outer hole of the first TB passed through in this round

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Step 9

Then, pull your thread so that the outer beads raise up to form a little cup.

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Step 10

Place the Bonny rivoli face down into the "cup" and pull the thread so that the rivoli is held snuggly inside.

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Step 11

Sew through the SDs and TBs (which now form a ring as in step 1). Pull the thread as tightly as possible and sew through the beads several times so that all the beads are as close together as possible. Finish by passing through a SD

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Step 12

Now we need to tighten and neaten up the piece a little. Sew through the other hole in the SD we have just passed through. Then, into the nearest hole in the next SD and pull the beads together.

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Step 13

Sew through the TB and the right hand side hole of the next SD, again pull the thread to neaten up the beads.

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Step 14

Continue around the piece, zig zagging through the SDs and TBs. Finish by exiting the SDs shown in the photograph.

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Step 15

Repeat steps 12 to 14

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Step 16

Pick up a 4mm bead and sew through the SD hole diagonally opposite.

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Step 17

Sew through the TB and the next SD. Pick up a 4mm bead and sew through diagonally opposite SD hole. Continue around the piece by sewing through the TB and SD, picking up a 4mm and sewing through the diagonally opposite SD hole.  Finish by exiting a SD.

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Step 18

We are now going to neaten the 4mm beads. Sew through the other hole of the SD we exited in step 17. We are basically repeating steps 16 and 17 but we are sewing through the 4mm beads this time instead of adding them.

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Step 19

Exit a 4mm bead and pick up an ear wire and ten size 15/0 seed beads (or a fewer amount of 11/0s if you prefer). Sew through the 4mm bead again to form a loop. Pass through this loop again several times for strength. Finish off any loose threads. Make another earring to match.

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Step 20

Please do share with us your finished pieces in our Facebook Group. We would love to see how you did it Your Way. 

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