How to make a beaded ball - Fashionable earrings with tassels
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Designed by: Edyta Rogowska
Together with Edyta Rogowska we present you a jewellery making tutorial in which we will show you how to make a beaded ball and fashionable earrings with tassels. We will use a bit bigger beads than TOHO to make the ball, but TOHO beads will also appear in the tutorial. This tutorial shows you how to make fashionable and statement earrings in a simple way.
- 15/0 TOHO beads (Opaque-Lustered / Pale Blue) and 11/0 TOHO beads (Frosted Metallic / Nebula)
- Beads –16 x 4mm and 8 x 6mm SeaStar Satin in icy blue
- Tassels – 2 x 70mm long tassels in baby blue colour
- Jewellery thread – One-G in a matching colour or a thin fireline
- Jewellery needle – a thin one so that the it can pass through the tiny 15/0 beads with ease, e.g. size 12 John James
- Earrings – hook earring wires
- Jewellery pins – 55mm eye pins
- Caps beads – 7mm caps beads with leaves
- Jewellery tools – sharps scissors and jewellery pliers
Stage 1 – a beaded ball
Prepare about 80cm length of thread. String 4 SeaStar beads in a sequence: 6 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 4 mm. Slide them down leaving about a 10 cm tail which will be used to finish the ball, so that it won’t unweave.
Pass the needle through all the beads to make a square. Tie a double knot with the working and tail threads.
Pass the needle through the 6 mm bead placed just behind the knot.
String 3 SeaStar beads in a sequence: 4 mm, 6 mm, 4 mm. Pass the needle through the bead you exited and pull the thread.
Pass the needle through 2 beads of the beads just added, so that the thread comes out of the top 6 mm bead, as shown in the picture.
String 3 SeaStar beads in a sequence: 4 mm, 6 mm, 4 mm. Pass the needle through the bead you exited.
As we did in the 5th step, pass the needle through 2 beads of the beads just added (4 and 6 mm) so that the thread comes out of the top 6 mm bead.
Put the two side 6 mm beads together. The thread comes out of one of them. String 1 4 mm bead and pass the needle down through the 2nd 6 mm bead.
As we did in the 8th step, string 1x 4 mm bead and pass the needle UP through the 2nd 6 mm bead.
Pass the needle through all the beads added in two previous steps to strengthen our work.
Pass the needle through the nearest 4 mm bead towards the tail thread and tie a double knot.
Pass through one 4 mm bead placed just behind the knot.
Add one 11/0 TOHO bead between 4 mm SeaStar beads.
Add the 4th 11/0 TOHO bead and pass the needle through the SeaStar bead, one blue TOHO bead and another SeaStar bead.
Pass the needle to the other side of the ball - pass the needle through the nearest 6 mm SeaStar bead.
… and then through the 4 mm bead
As we did in the 11th step, add 1 x 110/0 TOHO bead between 4 mm SeaStar beads.
Add the 4th 11/0 TOHO bead and pass the needle through one SeaStar bead and then through the 1st 11/0 added.
The thread comes out of the 11/0 TOHO bead. String 4 x 15/0 beads, 1 x 11/0 bead and 4 x 15/0 beads and pass the needle through the opposite 11/0 bead, as shown in the picture.
String 4 x 15/0 beads, 1 x11/0 bead and 4 x 15/0 beads and pass the needle through the opposite 11/0 bead.
Pass the needle through two beads – a 4 mm SeaStar and a 11/0 TOHO.
String 4 x 15/0 beads, 1 x 11/0 bead and 4 x 15/0 beads and, as we did in the 14th step, pass the needle through the opposite 11/0 bead.
String 4 x 15/0 TOHO beads and pass the needle through the blue 11/0 bead, as shown in the picture. String 4 x 15/0 TOHO beads and pass the needle through the blue bead at the bottom of the ball.
Repeat the 17th, 18th and 19th steps and again the 17th, as shown in the pictures.
Close up your work. Add 4 x 15/0 TOHO beads between the blue 11/0 beads.
Tie a knot between the beads, weave the thread under the beads, secure it and trim. Repeat that with the tail thread. Do not cut the thread just behind the knot – it may unweave.
Repeat the steps to make the 2nd ball.
Our beaded balls are done, but it’s not the end...
Stage 2 - a peyote band
Prepare about 50 cm long thread. String 4 x 15/0 TOHO round beads (they make the 1st and the 2nd rows) leaving a few cm long tail, which will be used to close up our work.
Add 1 bead between each 2 beads of the previous row.
Continue until you have reached the desired length of the band – add 1 bead between each 2 beads of the previous row. Make two bands of 14 rows each.
Stage 3 – earrings
The tassels are in small, plastic covers. Don’t take off those covers until you have finished your work to prevent the tassels from getting tangled.
Attach the peyote band to the upper part of the tassel. Both endings interlock like a zipper. Pass the needle through the jetting out beads alternately.
Tie a double knot, secure the threads and trim.
Open the eye of the pin with the pliers. Slide the long, straight part of pin into the head of the tassel. Slide the tassel to the open eye of the pin. Close the eye.
Repeat that with the 2nd tassel.
Thread in the beaded ball and a cap bead into the pin.
Bend the pin just above the cap bead. Cut out the unneeded part of the pin. Make a loop using the pliers.
Attach the earring wires, take off the tassels covers – it’s done.
I have made more beaded beads and I will show you another version of these earrings.
Beaded balls prepared according the tutorial above.
Cut the chain into 8 pieces: 2 x 4 cm, 2 x 5 cm, 2 x 6 cm and 2 x 7cm.
Pick up one chain of each pair and attach it to the eye of the pin. Close the eye.
Thread in a cap bead, a beaded ball and the 2nd cap bead into the pin. Bend the pin just above the cap bead. Cut out the unneeded part of the pin. Make a loop using the pliers.
Attach the earring wire. It’s done.
Beaded balls have got lots of potential. You can use them in many beading projects. You can create unique necklaces or bracelets. I’ve made earrings, how about you? How are you going to use the beaded balls? We are waiting for your comments on our Facebook group.
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