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How to make TOHO beaded earrings – the CUBIC RAW tutorial

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Designed by: Alicja Czapla

Difficulty: Intermediate

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In this tutorial, prepared by Alicja Czapla, you will learn how to make TOHO beaded earrings. Their form, presented in this tutorial, is perfect to learn the Cubic Raw stitch which you can use not only to make earrings but to also other projects, e.g. pendants or charms.

These earrings may be seemingly very complicated. To be honest, they are not the easiest, but don’t panic and just give it a go! The earrings are made with the Cubic Raw Stitch.  If you are familiar with the stitch, you will be able to make the earrings without a problem. If not, we hope our tutorial helps you to learn, because you can make a variety of beautiful things using this stitch.

You can find lots of Cubic Raw tutorials online. It took me a long time to learn this stitch by myself, because the tutorials were unclear to me. I kept trying and I finally figured out how to make my first cube. That’s why, I begin the stitch different than it’s shown in other tutorials.

I hope you like the way I work with this stitch!

Materials:

  • TOHO beads – 11/0 size. I used two colours to make the tutorial clear
  • Jewellery thread – monofilament or One-G. The thread will show in the cubes, so chose a colour similar to the beads
  • Jump rings – 6mm jump rings
  • Earrings – open ear wires or others
  • Jewellery needle – it should be very thin so that you can pass the thread through the beads several times
  • Jewellery tools – you may need pliers to add the earrings and scissors to cut the thread

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Tutorial tips:

if you can’t make a cube at the first attempt, don’t worry keep trying. You will get there in the end. 

try to pull the thread with the same tension to keep the shape of the cube,

prevent the thread from getting tangled and avoid unwanted knots.

If you have all the materials prepared, we can start. At the beginning, we will learn how to make a very simple flat stitch called RAW.

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Prepare a long thread, at least 150cm long. This should be enough for one cube.

String 4 beads.

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Pass through all the beads with the thread once again.

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Pull and make a square as it’s shown in the picture. Tie a knot using the working and the tail threads.

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String 3 beads and pass through the bead you exited at the beginning of this step.

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Your work should look like this.

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Pass through two beads so that the thread comes out of the top bead.

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String 3 beads and pass through the bead you exited.

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You have just learnt the RAW stitch. To make cubes you need to learn the CUBIC RAW stitch.

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Pass through two beads so that the thread comes out of the top bead.

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String 1 bead and pass the needle through the bead at the very end of your work.

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Don’t pull the thread yet but string 1 bead and pass the needle through the bead at the end of your work (the one you started the previous step from).

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Bend your work so that the beads of both ends connect and on each side there is one bead that we just added. Pull the thread tightly. Pass the needle through all the beads on each wall to strengthen the work and make it tight. You should have the first cube.

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String 3 beads and pass through the bead you exited.

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 Your work should look like this.

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Pass through one of the 3 beads just added.

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String 2 beads and pass through the bead of the cube to make a square of 4 beads.

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IMPORTANT! Always add the beads to make a square of 4 beads. Pass the needle through 3 beads so that the thread exits as shown in the picture.

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Next, pass the needle through the beads of the cube, as shown in the picture.

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String 2 beads and pass through the bead as shown in the picture.

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Pass the needle through the bead you started this square from.

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Now we’ve got 3 walls out of 4 of the 2nd square. Pass the needle through the bead of the first square, the one without a wall.

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Pass the needle through the bead on the wall of the first square.

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String 1 bead and pass through the bead of the 3rd wall, as shown in the picture.

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Pass through to the top bead of the last wall.

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Now, we’ve got two cubes connected with the Cubic Raw stitch.

We will make the next cube the same way.
Add 3 beads.

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Next, add 2, then 2 and then 1. We’ve got 3 cubes.

 We will change the direction of adding the beads to make the bottom of the cube. Start a cube from the bead aside, not the top one

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Add the beads the same way each time to make the wall of 4 beads. Add 3 beads.

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Your work should look like this.

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String 2 beads and pass through the nearest bead.

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String 2 beads.

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And pass the needle so that you can add 1 bead more – and do it.

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Pass to the bead as shown in the picture.

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String 2 beads and pass the needle as shown in the picture.

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Add beads the same ways as in the previous steps – that is 2 and 1. Your work should look like this.

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Repeat the steps until you have completed the first layer of the cube.

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Now, the 2nd layer.

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Add the beads the same way to make "cubes”.

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Continue until you have completed the 2nd layer.

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Now the last, third layer. Add the beads the same ways as in the previous steps.

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Continue until you have completed the 3rd layer.

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Add 1 extra bead in one of the corners.

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Our cube is done.

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Pass the thread through several beads, secure it and trim.

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Attach an open jump ring to the extra bead and add the ear wire. Pass the jump ring under the bead not through it, because it may crack.

The first earring is done.

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Make the 2nd earring in the same way.

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I hope you like the tutorial.

The earrings are rather time-consuming, but I think they’re worth it.

If you have any problems or questions, don’t hesitate and write to me on our Facebook group. I will help you.

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