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Macrame earrings with feathers step by step

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Macrame earrings with feathers step by step

Designed by: Kasia

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Who likes boho style? Macrame earrings and feathers fit with this theme perfectly. Our talented friend, who always impresses us with her creativity, will make string and feather earrings with you in this tutorial. It is a simple pattern perfect for starting your stringing adventure. Kasia will also show you how to mount feathers to the bases. Strings in your hand and let's braid! 

Materials needed;

  • Macrame string - in my earrings I used a string with a thickness of 0.6mm. In total, you will need 14 pieces of string, about 50cm long. I always cut with a little margin.
  • Base for earrings - I used a triangular base made of surgical steel with three holes and in my opinion this type of base is best suited for this model of
    earrings
  • Beads - in my earrings I used beads with a diameter of 10mm, but the ones with a diameter of 8mm are also suitable. When selecting beads pay attention to the size of the hole. For 0.6mm strings I chose beads with a hole of 1.5mm, while when we use a 0.8mm string, the hole of the beads should be relatively larger
  • TOHO 8/0 beads - depending on the diameter of the main bead, we will need 4 or 16 beads of the selected colour
  • Earwires - I used earwires made of surgical steel in gold
  • Jump rings - any wire up to 0.8mm thick
  • Charms/Feathers - I used goose feathers in the boho style, but the choice is yours. We can use tassels, flowers, charms etc. If you are using craft feathers, you will possibly need End Caps/Crimps to mount the feathers onto the earring base. 
  • Scissors , lighter, pliers and optional glue

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

 

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We start with attaching the strings to the base. Fold the string in half and insert the two ends through the base from above, then thread through the loop from below and tighten.

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Similarly, fasten a total of seven cords.

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The first string on the left side now becomes our basic string, on which we will tie the loops (the so-called rib weave).

It is important that the basic twine is taut during work and laid parallel to the base towards its point. Each of our strings on the left side is braided around the basic string as shown in the pictures.

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We braid the other side in the same way.

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This is what the first row looks like.

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In the second row we braid the first five twines around the basic twine, which is always the first string on the left. In this row we start weaving around the bead, so we braid the basic string around the sixth string in the sequence.

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We knit the right side in the same way.

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In the third row we braid the first four strings one by one around the basic twine, and the basic twine around the fifth string in the order.

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In the fourth row we braid the first three strings one by one around the basic twine, while the basic twine is braided around the fourth string in the order.

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In the fifth row we braid the first two twines around the basic twine, while the primary twine is twisted around the third string in the row. If we chose to use an 8mm bead, at this stage we do not add rows but thread the main bead.

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In my earrings I used a 10mm bead, so I add one more row - the first string around the main string and then the main string around the second.

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Thread the main bead onto the two central strings.

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The second string from the left becomes the basic string around which we braid five strings on the left side to form a braid around the bead.

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We sew the right side in the same way.

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We braid one more row, adding one TOHO 8/0 bead on the left and right sides at the beginning of the main twine.

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Our macrame earring base is almost ready. Just cut the strings, light the ends carefully with a lighter. I add glue for safety.

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In order to mount the earwires, use the jump ring to go through the hole at the outlet of the strings from the bead, then add the second jumo ring to make the earrings fit nicely on the ear and mount the earwires. For comparison, below is an 8mm bead base. In this case, we make three rows under the bead. Thread one TOHO 8/0 bead at the beginning of the second and three TOHO 8/0 beads at the beginning of the third.

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To mount the feathers, cut them to the length you prefer and then embed them in the clamping elements (to be sure, I gently add glue to the clamps from the inside so that the feathers stick better. It is important not to overdo the glue because it may spill and it won't look as nice. 

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Finally, the last step - assembling the feathers with the jump rings. One earring is ready, the second is the same

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My macrame earrings are ready! They are simple and effective! They give a lot of room to show off with the choice of colours as well as the finish. You can make a summer colour version or a more subdued one, and they are also suitable for elegant stylizations like mine. 

Good luck!

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