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How to make beaded earrings – DIY native American style earrings made on geometric bases

Information about this project

Designed by: Monika Wojdyla

Difficulty: Intermediate

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We present to you a new jewellery making tutorial in which Monika Wojdyła will show you how to make beaded earrings. They look like native American style earrings which have been fashionable recently, but due to the geometric bases it’s much faster and simpler to make them. Take your needles and let’s begin!

Native American style earrings are a must have for every beader. I think, most of us have at least 1 pair of them. If not, I’m sure you’re planning to make one someday. I must admit, I have a lot of them in many various versions. I really like the ones made on a geometric base. They are a bit faster to make and they look equally beautiful.

Supplies used in this project:

  • A bit of free time and a cup of coffee :)
  • 11/0 TOHO beads – Metallic Hematite and Hybrid Lush Meadow
  • Jewellery threads – S-Lon AA Tex 35 in Ash – the colour perfectly matches the colour of the base
  • Jewellery bases – 22x22x2mm charm/connector
  • Jewellery needles – to string the beads
  • Earring wires – open wires with a spring – I always choose the ones made of stainless steel 
  • jump rings – 5mm open jump rings to attach the earring wires
  • jewellery tools – scissors, 2 sets of pliers to open and close the jump rings, a bead mat

Let’s begin!

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Tie a knot on the base.

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String 2 x green TOHO beads.

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Pass the needle through the base holding the beads with your hand, so that they won’t slide

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Pass the needle up through the outside bead (the 2nd one) and pull the thread tightly.

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String 1 x TOHO bead and pass the needle through the base.

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Pass the needle up through the bead just added. Pull the thread.

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Continue adding the beads in the same way. I added 3 x hematite and 3 x green beads.

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To prevent the beads from moving while you’ll be making the tassels you need to tighten the two last beads a bit. So pass down through the next bead and then pass up through the outside one.

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String the beads – the number of beads depends on the length of the shortest tassel (it’s up to you). I strung 26 beads. As you have strung the appropriate number of beads, pass the needle back omitting the last bead – it will be our stopper bead. Don’t pull the thread too tightly – the earrings my roll. Keep it a bit loose.

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Now, to the next tassel. Pass through the beads from the base.

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Make the tassel as it was done previously – you just need to string more beads. I strung 5 more beads. My 2nd tassel has got 31 beads.

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I increased the number of beads by 5 until I reached the middle tassel. Then I decreased the number of beads by 5 each time.

1st tassel – 26 beads

2nd – 31 beads

3rd – 36 beads

4th – 41 beads

5th – 46 beads

6th – 41 beads

etc.

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Now the tassels are made the thread endings should meet. Tie a knot with both endings and pass both threads down through the tassels, so that the knot won’t unweave. Cut the threads – your earring is almost finished.

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You just need to attach the earwire to the base. I used jump rings to do that.

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I hope you like this version of beaded earrings. We love looking at your work, inspired by our tutorials so let us know the result of your work on our Facebook group.

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