How to make watermelon earrings using geometric bases – a Brick Stitch tutorial | Projects | Beads Direct
0

Europe's no.1 beading & jewellery making supplier

How to make watermelon earrings using geometric bases – a Brick Stitch tutorial

Information about this project

Designed by: Paula Ziemska

Difficulty: Intermediate

Rating:

Mmm, a watermelon…. Tastes best in the summer, but it’s also good to see it in winter and dream about summer holidays. A casual fruit that connotes summer holidays. So, together with Paula Ziemska, we will make watermelon earrings that will remind us of the carefree time all the time. We will wear them proudly in the summer and, in winter when we get the hump, we will take them out of a drawer and wear them whilst dreaming of the summer weather. Anyways, as you master the technique and learn how to make earrings using geometric bases, you will be able to create neutral or more crazy coloured earrings. So, shall we?

Supplies used in this project:

Step 1

We will use the second picture below, the rounded one. The first one is much simpler and perfect for those of you who are not very familiar with the Brick Stitch. Maybe you will make both versions?

Let’s start!

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Prepare 60 cm long thread and thread the needle.

Step 1

Step 3

Tie a knot on a geometric base leaving about 5 cm long tail.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 4

Row 1

String 2 TT (Toho Treasure), pass the needle under the base and pass up through the 2nd TT.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 5

String 1 TT and repeat the previous step. Add 15 beads in total the same way.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 6

Here’s the end of the row.

Step 1

Step 7

Row 2

In this row we will add 1 bead less (as you can see in the picture).

String 2 TT.

Step 1

Step 8

Pass the needle through the 2nd connecting threads (between the 2nd and the 3rd bead of the previous row),

Step 1

Step 2

Step 9

pass the needle up through the 2nd bead,

Step 1

Step 10

pass down through the 1st bead of the 2nd row

Step 1

Step 11

and pass up through the 2nd bead. Due to that the thread won’t show.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 12

Complete this row by adding 1 bead each time – using the standard way. The 2nd row is finished.

Step 1

Step 13

We will make our work using the pattern provided until the 6th row.

Row 3.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 14

Row 4.

Step 1

Step 15

Row 5.

Step 1

Step 16

Row 6.

Step 1

Step 17

Row 7

We will reduce the number of beads in the 7th row by 2. The thread should come out of the 2nd bead. To do that, you may pass the needle through the beads of the previous rows or simply pass under the 1st connecting threads.

Step 1

Step 18

String 2 beads and start this row from the 3rd connecting threads (the 3rd and the 4th bead).

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 19

Complete the 8th and the 9th rows the same way.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 20

Finally, as you have added the last bead, pass the needle down through the next to last bead and then pass the needle through several beads of the previous rows. Cut any excess thread.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 21

Wrap the tail thread around the base and pass the needle through the whole side (6 TT beads) of the watermelon. Cut the unneeded part of the thread.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 22

It’s almost done. We’ve made the most difficult part.

Take the pliers, the base, the jump ring and the charm. Attach the charm and the base to the jump ring and pass the jump ring through the hole of the earwire.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 23

It’s finished! All you need to do is wear your new earrings.

Step 1

Step 24

What do you think? Do you know how to make earrings using a geometric base? These watermelons are lovely, aren’t they? I think, there will be many of them. We’re waiting for your works impatiently. Relax and fun are the most important. So, good luck with creating and show us your work on our Facebook group.

Step 1