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How to make Native American Inspired Fan Earrings - Step By Step Tutorial

Products used in project:

How to make Native American Inspired Fan Earrings - Step By Step Tutorial

Items (6)
Qty
Price
TOHO™ / Round 15/0 / Metallic / Hematite / 10g
W1178
1
Out of stock
TOHO™ / Round 11/0 / PermaFinish Galvanized / Yellow Gold / 10g / ~ 1100 pcs
W1184
1
Out of stock
Firepolish™ / 3mm / Jet / 40pcs
W2306
1
Out of stock
Total Cost
£4.77

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How to make Native American Inspired Fan Earrings - Step By Step Tutorial

Designed by: Monika Wojdyla

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Native American style earrings are a must have for every handicraft. Most of you have at least one pair behind you. Monika has these earrings in almost every colour, why don’t you give them a go in a colour of your choice.

I am fascinated by all the jewellery bases Beads Direct have and from the very beginning imagined creating bead fringes on the fan earring bases. As you can see I have made several pairs. I chose the fan base for this tutorial, which fits perfectly with TOHO 11/0. At the end I will show you an example with TOHO size 8/0. I also recommend using surgical steel as it will not tarnish. 

Materials needed:

Earwires - silver
Fan Earring base - surgical steel base 38x48x0.5mm
TOHO ™ round beads - size 11/0 and 15/0 the amount of colours you use is your choice :)
Firepolish ™ 3mm beads
Jewellery thread -  Miyuki or KO 
Scissors 

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

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

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Cut an arm span of thread. I like to work with a really long thread because I hate adding in a new thread. However, if you prefer shorter it is no problem. Tie the end of the thread with the knot to the first hole on the base, leaving the short end about 5cm long and the longer - the rest of the thread. The thread can be selected according to the colour of the beads or the base. 

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Thread 2x TOHO size 11 beads and thread the needle into the other hole.

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Now return with the needle, passing from the bottom through 2 beads counting from the edge.

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Take 1x TOHO size 11/0 and thread the needle into the next hole.

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From the bottom of the needle go through the same added bead again.

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We add another TOHO size 11/0.

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These bases are very light and thin, so it will be hard to keep the beads even. They may bend a little, but after adding the fringes they should straighten up. The base has 33 holes. In the middle of sewing, the beads begin to fit too tightly so I skipped the middle hole. I marked this with "x". TOHO shades may differ slightly in size so you may have to adapt your design, depending on what beads you use. Due to the fact that we now have an even number of beads on the base, when we make tassels there will be 2 tassels of the same length inside, but more on that later.

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We should have the entire base covered. The thread comes out of the last bead. We will be adding fringes to our Native American Fan earrings. I recommend to have the left side of the base at the top, the smooth one. You will not see the transition from bead to bead when adding the fringe. We thread 1x TOHO 11/0, 1x FirePolish  and 1x TOHO 15/0.

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We convert the thread, passing through the added beads again, skipping 15/0. We also go through the base bead again.

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We go to the bead next to the base. On the left side of the base, I recommend doing it.

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Now with each subsequent tassel we will add two TOHO beads 11/0, and since we will have an even number of tassels, two tassels will be the same length. So now I'm adding 3x TOHO 11/0, 1x FirePolish - and 1x TOHO 15/0

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We convert by going through the added beads, skipping the size 15/0.

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And again we add 2 more beads. For me it's 5x TOHO 11/0, 1x FirePolish and 1x TOHO 15/0

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And we add another 2 more beads.

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We are now half way. We have two tassels of the same length - tassels 16 and 17. 

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Finished! Now to tie and finish the threads. Tie both threads together to create a knot, let the thread go down the fringe and cut the excess thread. 

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Now you know how to make Native American Fan earrings, all you need to do now is to attach the earwire. Lightly bend the small earwire loop, hook on and close it. Your earrings are now ready to wear.

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Native American Fan earrings are earrings that I especially like to wear in Spring and Summer.

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Here are my other versions: 

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I have also used other bases. Those in the pictures below have TOHO size 8/0 bead in the first row. They just have a looser hole pattern. I was doing two rows of bricks one from 8/0 the other from 11/0.

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We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we would love to see what colours you use for your Native American Fan earrings. Feel free to share your designs on our Facebook group!

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