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How to make fan earrings on a jewellery base

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How to make fan earrings on a jewellery base

Designed by: Monika Wojdyla

Difficulty: Beginner

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We know you like jewellery based on jewellery bases. We love it too, because the bases themselves are great and it takes little work to turn them into something fabulous. Monika decided to show you how to make fan earrings. They look stunning, and it won't take long for you to make them. So let's make them together! 

If I had to choose one favourite base from Beads Direct, I wouldn't be able. They are all great. The ones we will be working on today are quite small. Depending on my mood, I sometimes wear large earrings, sometimes small earrings, and in autumn I choose smaller ones. I also think that this base will be perfect for everyone. 

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

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Cut about a metre length of thread, and tie it in the first hole on the base (leaving one end short, about 5 cm).

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Take two Toho beads and go through the other hole. Follow the first steps carefully because we don't go through all the holes.

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We go through the Toho bead from the bottom.

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Take a Toho bead and go through the next hole.

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We go through the added bead from the bottom.

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We add the next bead as in the previous steps. We have 4 beads on the base. 

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Now we take a bead, but do not go through another hole. We are making a gap, this is because if we go through all our hole in the earrings, the fans would wave. In the next photo you have a diagram that shows how many beads I make a gap (i.e. I omit the buttonhole on the base) when sewing. Following my diagram on the base, we should fit 22 Toho beads and thanks to this, in the later steps, the Dagger bead can be added nicely in the middle.

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Ok. We have all 22 beads added to the base. The thread should come out of the last bead. So we take 3 Toho of a different colour and go through the bead next to it. 

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We go from the bottom to the next bead. So that the thread comes out on the edge of the fan and we take another 3 Toho. We go through the bead next to it. We complete our fan edge to the end.

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As you have noticed, the thread comes out from underneath. So we stick into the hole of the base and go through two beads as in the photo. 

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And now yes - you can create a new row or stiffen the lace like me. In order to stiffen it, we will walk over the beads, passing the central bead made of cloves. The photos will show you best. The "X" are picot beads that we pass through. 

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When we finish stiffening the thread will come out again. So you have to punch the hole on the base and get to the top.

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So, since the thread comes out of the tip of the picot, we can take 3 Toho beads and go through the top of the next picot. 

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And so we continue to create another row.

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We have another row. We have to get to the top of the picot. I am doing it as before. I walk over the beads to the base, go through the first hole in the base and go through the beads going up.

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We will go to the center of the fan while stiffening the lace. To do this, go through the beads marked with "X" to the center. So we ignore the tops of the picot. 

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The thread sticks out from the 5th vertex, so take Toho-Dagger-Toho and go through the 6th vertex. 

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And now we go to the end again, skipping the vertices. We go through the beads marked with "X"

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We tie a knot on the thread between the beads. We walk a little more on the beads so that we can be sure that nothing will unravel. We also hide the short thread from the edge by walking on the beads as much as we can and cut off the rest. 

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We put on studs or earwires and it's ready! 

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Here you can compare fan earrings on a silver base - with earwires and studs.

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