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How to make fringed earrings using bonny rivoli - jewellery making tutorial

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How to make fringed earrings using bonny rivoli - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Małgośka Ćmucha

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Małgośka Ćmucha has prepared for you a jewellery making tutorial in which she shows how to make fringed earrings. Hand-made earrings made using TOHO beads and Bonny crystals look very impressive on the ears, and they fit literally everything.

Materials needed;
Bonny Rivoli - 12mm (Capri Blue)
TOHO Beads - 11/0 (A - Transparent - Frosted Dark Aquamarine), TOHO Beads 15/0 (B - Transparent - Frosted Aquamarine)
Crystalove Rondelles - 2x3mm - Azure Transparent (C), 3mm Rounds - Antique gold mirror (D) & CrystaLove Drops 6x12mm - Opalescent azure (F)
Milly - 4mm Rounds Azure (E)
Thread - One-G to match the colour of the beads
Earwires
Size 10/13 Jewellery needles
Felt - Technical, navy blue polyester
Hasulith Glue
Bead mat and scissors

You could even make this design extra special and use the Swarovski Briolette pendants. Choose yours here.


Remember that our courses are mainly used to learn the technique and for inspiration, and your earrings can look completely different. The choice of colours, size of crystals, the type of materials used or the length of the fringe - it all depends only on you :). You are the creator here!

Are you ready? Let's begin! 

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We start our work by cutting a piece of felt and cutting a small hole in its central part, in which we will glue our BONNY crystal.

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Add a little glue to the crystal from below so that its excess does not "spill" onto the felt and press - I use clothes pegs for this.

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When the adhesive dries, we can embroider our crystal. For this we cut off a convenient thread length (e.g. 70 cm). We tie a knot at the end of the thread.
With a single thread, we start to trim the crystal with peyote stitch using Toho 11/0 beads (A), remembering the even number of beads.

Pass a needle and thread through all the beads of the first row, this will allow us to level out any unevenness.

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The next (second) row starts with passing through any bead from the previous row. We take a 11/0 (A) bead on the needle and go through the next bead from the first row.

At the end of the row we go through the first bead A of the second row, pick up a 15/0 (B) bead on the needle and go through the next bead A with the needle. Repeat this action until the row is closed.

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Finally, pull the thread through all the beads in this row again.

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Now we have the last row to sew.

We leave the needle from below the work. We cover our crystal with a row of beads A. Now we do not have to pay attention to whether the even number of beads comes out.

After finishing this stage of work we go through with the thread once again through all the beads which will allow us to level out any unevenness and strengthen the embroidery.

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After trimming the crystal, we cut off the excess felt, being careful not to cut the thread and proceed to stiffen our work.

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Cut a piece of cardboard to the right size. We glue it and additionally cover the cardboard with another layer of felt. We press (again I use a clothes peg for this) and wait a few moments ...

I will explain why it is worth sticking our work, although not everyone does it ... This small piece of cardboard will strengthen our work and prevent so-called the effect of waving and bending of our embroidery. It is true that with small elements (e.g. our earring) it does not matter much, but when we sew a larger pendant with several rows of beads - the cardboard that we will glue our work will play a big role.

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Now we need to prepare a new section of thread (about 100 cm.) At the end of which we tie a knot, of course. We go with the needle (from the inside to hide the knot) in the bottom layer of felt.

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Draw on the needle two A beads and go through the needle (from above) through both layers of felt.

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Then we go with the needle from the top into the second bead and gently pull the thread.
We take another bead and repeat the operation by hemming our earring base with wall stitch.

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We proceed to making "picots" - we take three beads on the needle (toho sequence A, B, A) and enter from the top into the second bead in a row, which is our base.

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Gently stretch the thread and enter from the bottom into the third bead of our wall stitch, again we draw on the needle the same sequence of toho beads as before. We repeat this action 5 times.

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Now we take on a thread a sequence of beads:

3A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B

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We go with the needle from the bottom into the 1C bead and pull the thread through all the remaining beads from the sequence of our first fringe, gently tighten the thread so that there is no unnecessary slack on it.

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Then (just like making picots) we go from above into the bead adjacent to our first fringe.

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Take the sequence of beads on the thread: 4A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B and again go with the needle from the bottom into the 1C bead and thread the thread through all the remaining beads from the sequence of our second fringe. Do not forget about gentle thread tension!).

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For the third tassel we take the sequence of beads:

5A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B and proceed in the same way as for our previous tassels.

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The next fringes are made exactly like the previous ones, according to the following sequences:

6A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B

5A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F , 3B

4A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B

3A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1D, 3A, 1C, 3B, 1F, 3B

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Again, we make five picots so that it is symmetrical.

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Now we will make a loop on which we can attach the ear wires. We take 2A, 1C, 4B, 1C, 2A beads on the needle.

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We enter the third (last free) bead. Gently tighten the thread.

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Push the needle into our earring so that it comes from the bottom of the piece.

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From the bottom we enter the bead.

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Draw the thread through the beads forming the loop again. To secure the thread, I make knots on the thread (between the beads of the loop - then they are invisible) or I go through two, sometimes three adjacent picots and cut off the excess thread.

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Now we have to attach the ear wire to our loop.

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Now make the second earring in the same way! And we're finished! Look how different the earrings can look just by using different shapes, sizes and colours of beads! 

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