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Spring Blooms Necklace and Earrings - jewellery making tutorial

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Spring Blooms Necklace and Earrings - jewellery making tutorial

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Spring Blooms Necklace and Earrings - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Julie Dudley

Difficulty: Intermediate

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The lovely Julie Dudley has been busy again and this time she has spring blooms on her mind! Today, she shares with us this gorgeous Necklace and Earring Set. We hope you enjoy following her step by step instructions to make your own. Ready? Let's Bead!

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Designed by Julie Dudley - March 2022

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Firstly, we will be making the central flower, which is the trickiest part of the design, because the drill holes go down through the leaves instead of across. So, to help give it structure we will therefore be adding seed beads to the back and front of the leaves alternately and then sewing back through the piece repeatedly to stiffen it all up.

For the central flower you will need:

* 32 x peppermint size 10s

* 2 x yellow size 6s

* 5 x Petaline leaves

* 60cm thread

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Add 60cm of thread to your needle and add a stop bead ( this is any contrasting bead which you thread on to your needle down towards the bottom of the thread, and then sew back through, which is to stop your beads falling off your thread especially at the beginning of a piece) adjust the stop bead so it is around 10cm from the end of the thread.


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Lay the five leaves down so that the curl of the leaves is uppermost, and lay out your other beads needed for the flower.

Take your needle down through the hole on the first leaf, then add 3 of your size 10 beads.

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Take your needle up through the underside hole of the next leaf, then add 3 of the size 10 beads. Repeat going under and over your leaves until you have reached the first leaf added. 

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Now we are going to sew the second round. This is where you might think it feels wrong because the beading is so floppy, but it will pull together as we add more beads.

Bring your needle up through the bottom of the first leaf that was added. Sit your leaves out in your hand and add 3 size 10 beads. Going anti clockwise, take your needle down through the hole in the top of the next leaf.

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Add 3 size 10 beads, and take your needle underneath the next leaf and up through the hole. Then again add 3 size 10 beads, and take your needle down through the hole in the next leaf.

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Add 3 more size 10 beads, and take your needle underneath the next leaf and up through the hole in the leaf. Finally add 3 size 10 beads and take your needle down through the hole on the top of the next leaf.

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Step Seven:

You can now remove your stop bead.

Make sure that your needle and thread are on the back side of the flower.

Sew back around all of the seed beads, linking them together in a circle. Come out of a seed bead that is in line with one of the holes on a leaf, and sew through to the front of the flower.

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Step Eight:

Sew around all of the size 10 beads on the top of the flower. Sew to where the tail end of your thread is and tie a double knot with the two ends, this will start to pull everything in tighter.

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Sew through to one of the size 10 beads that is in line with a hole on one of the leaves and sew through to the back side of the flower.

Add ....

1 of the size 10 peppermint seed beads, 2 size 6 yellow beads, and 1 more of the peppermint beads.

Take your needle through the gap in the centre of the flower back to the front.

Miss the top peppermint bead and sew back through just the first size 6 yellow bead and take your needle back through the central hole in the flower to the back, and pull your work to make sure that the four beads are sat tightly together.

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Step Ten:

Look where the thread came from to enter the first size 10, and take your needle through one of the size 10 beads on the opposite side of the circle of beads.

Sew through some of the size 10 beads in the circle and take your needle in-between the two size 6 beads in the centre. Go down through the second size 6 and the peppermint bead which will take you to the front.

Miss the peppermint bead and sew back through the first size 6, and take your needle back through the centre back to the back side of the flower.

Take your needle through one of the size 10 beads in the circle.

Sew around the circle to the opposite side of where the thread just entered and take your needle out and then in-between the two size 6 beads, and come up through the top size 6 and the peppermint bead.

Miss the peppermint bead and sew through just the first size 6. Sew through one of the size 10 beads in the circle to anchor down the central stamen.

It should now all be anchored down, but your flower may still be slightly floppy, so you can use what thread you have left to sew through your beads and leaves wherever you think it needs more strength. But bear in mind that we still need to be able to sew through some of the size 10 beads at the back of the flower later, to attach to the necklace. If the flower still moves a little it isn't a problem.

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Step Eleven:

Now we need to make our little Nib-bit flowers. Each flower needs...

* 5 x Nib-bit beads

* 6 x peppermint size 10

* 1 x yellow size 6

We need to make 2 flowers for the necklace plus another 2 if you want to make the matching earrings. 

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Step Twelve:

Thread approximately 40cm of thread onto your needle. Add 5 of the Nib-bit beads to your needle through the hole at the pointed end of the bead. Whilst holding approximately the first 10 centimetres of the thread tightly in your opposite hand, let the beads drop down the thread and sew back through all of the Nib-bit beads. You may need to adjust them on the thread slightly, so they are nearer the end of the thread. Tie the two ends of the thread together in a double knot.

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Step Thirteen:

Take your needle up through one of the top Nib-bit holes next to where you just tied your knot. Add a size 10 bead and sew through the next Nib-bit, repeat adding a size 10 bead in each gap.

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Step Fourteen:

Take your needle down through the bottom hole on the same Nib-bit your thread is exiting at the top.

Pick up a size 6 yellow bead and a size 10 peppermint bead.

Miss the size 10 and take your needle back through the size 6.

Take your needle through the bottom hole on a Nib-bit opposite one you exited previously.

Give the two beads and thread a bit of a wiggle, until they are sitting centrally in the middle of the flower.

Sew through the bottom hole of the next Nib-bit, then sew up through the central size 6 and the size 10 peppermint bead. Miss the size 10 and sew back down through the size 6.

Sew back into the bottom hole on another Nib-bit.

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Step Fifteen:

Thread your needle underneath the thread bridge between the bottom hole of two Nib-bits (the thread bridge is the thread already sewn between two beads)

Pull your needle and thread through gently until a loop forms, then take your needle through the loop and pull tightly.

Your first Nib-bit flower is finished... leave the excess thread in case we can use it later, as it can always be trimmed away at the end. Repeat steps 12, 13, 14 and 15 three more times if you are also making the earrings or once if not. For the last two flowers for the earrings use 60cm of thread per flower instead of 40cm as we need to add the seed bead leaves.

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Step Sixteen:

This step is to finish the earrings, so skip this step, if you just want to make the necklace.

For the earrings you will need some of the size 10. Pick up one of your Nib-bit flowers that you made with more thread, and use that extra thread to finish this step. I'm working from the back of the flower. Sew through the flower until you are exiting the nearest size 10 bead. Pick up 20 of the size 10 peppermint beads, and sew back through the opposite side of the size 10 bead you exited.

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Step Seventeen:

Pick up another 7 peppermint beads and lie the thread with the beads straight over the loop of beads created previously so that the thread sits between the 10th and 11th bead in the loop and the beads just added sit in a line right down the middle of the loop. Take your needle and thread around the thread in-between the 10th and 11th bead, so it's back above the top of the loop.

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Step Eighteen:

Pick up 7 of the peppermint size 10 beads. Sew back through 4 of the beads, then sew back down through all of the beads down to your Nib-bit flower.

Sew back through the size 10 bead which is part of your Nib-bit flower. Sew through all of your beads again to strengthen and knot your threads together somewhere by going underneath a thread bridge as we have done before. Repeat steps 16,17 & 18 to finish second flower.

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Step Nineteen:

Trim away any thread ends on each of your earring components. Take your gold-plated shepherds hooks and open each of the loops on the hooks with your flat nose pliers, by opening the loops towards you like opening a gate. Make sure you have the flowers facing the right way and attach each of them to the loops in-between the 4 size 10 beads at the end. Close up the loops with your pliers.

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Step Twenty:

Before we sew together the rest of the necklace, we are going to make the clasp ends.

You can either make the ends the same way as I am doing with two eyepins, a lobster clasp and a jump ring, along with a few of the seed beads as a feature....or you can use your preferred method such as using calottes or wire guardians. If you wish to use your method later, then skip this step and go on to finishing the necklace in step Twenty-Three.

Take one of the eyepins and pick up 3x peppermint beads size 10 beads.

Hold your eyepin in your round nose pliers, right up against the beads and so your plier nose is covering 3-4mm of the eyepin. The eyepin loop should be flat in line with the pliers as shown.

Bend the eyepin 90 degrees down so it is pointing straight down underneath your pliers.

Reposition your pliers so that they are holding the eyepin before the bend you just made.

(Keep a mental note of the place on your pliers the wire meets, because when we make the second component, if we sit the pliers in about the same place, the loop we create will be the same size)

Bend the end of the wire right around over the top of your pliers as far as it will go. Turn your pliers around whilst still in the loop, so that the empty nose is on top and the nose with the wire is on the bottom, and bend the wire the rest of the way around to finish the loop.

Repeat this step with the second eyepin.

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Step Twenty-One:

Put one of the loops back onto your round nose pliers and hold in your left (or non-dominant) hand. Hold your flat or chain nose pliers in your other hand and start to gently pull the end of the wire around the main body of the eyepin, underneath the loop.

Reposition your pliers as necessary and continue to pull the wire end around underneath the loop.

When you get near to the end of the wire, you can start gently nibbling it down with your pliers, but be careful not to squeeze the seed beads (only the wire) as the seed beads will shatter if you aren't very careful. Make sure that the wire end has no sharp ends sticking out and squeeze down until flush.

If you have too much wire left over to fit in the gap between the loop and the beads, you can trim some away with your flush cutters before squeezing the end down.

Make sure that the loop you have just made is facing east to west opposed to the loop of the headpin which is north to south, adjust if necessary.

Repeat this step with the second eyepin.

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Step Twenty-Two:

Take one of the eyepin components and hold it with the open loop slightly upright, so that the beads don't slide. Open the loop with your flat or chain nose pliers by opening it towards you like a gate. Take your lobster clasp and attach it onto the loop and close the loop again with your pliers making sure that there is no gap for the clasp to come off.

Repeat this step with the other eyepin component, but attach the jump ring, making sure that the jump ring is fully closed first.

Put these components to one side whilst we finish the necklace.

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Step Twenty-Three:

Now we are going to finish our necklace.

Lay out your central flower and your Nib-bit flowers.

Add approximately 120cm of thread to your needle. This will be enough to finish one side of your necklace and sew back through again to strengthen.

Pick up your central flower and turn it over to the back so the petals are bending downwards.

Take your needle through two of the seed beads in the ring, leaving a tail end of approximately 10cm sticking out behind.

Take your needle underneath the thread bridge between the bead you have just exited and the one next to it, then pull your thread slowly so it sits between the two beads and starts to create a loop of thread.

Check that your thread is still sat directly between the two beads and take your needle and thread through the loop created. Start to pull tightly whilst holding the flower and the tail end of your thread. Pull until a knot is formed.

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Step Twenty-Four:

Sew around to a seed bead that sits between two leaves. Pick up 28 of your size 10 peppermint beads and sew back through the opposite side of the size 10 bead of the flower that you exited, so that the beads form a loop.

Pick up 10 of the peppermint beads and sit your beads directly down the middle of the loop and so that the thread sits between the 14th and 15th beads that form the loop.

Take your needle underneath and up through the loop, so that your thread wraps around the thread sitting between those two beads.

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Step Twenty-Five:

Pick up 10 of your size 10 peppermint beads.

Pick up one of your Nib-bit flowers and turn it to face downwards. Sew through one of the size 10 beads and around until it has passed through two of the Nib-bits and the size 10 after the Nib-bit.

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Step Twenty-Six:

Pick up 14 of the peppermint size 10 beads. Take your needle back through three of the size 10 beads, and pull the thread until the beads are sat tightly and the last 4 beads are central.

Repeat this step another 7 times until you have 8 sections of 10 peppermint beads followed by the four ones. 

This will make approximately an 18 inch necklace, if you would like it longer you can add more of these sections to each side.

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Step Twenty-Seven:

Finish by picking up 10 size 10 peppermint beads.

Pick up the clasp section you made with the jump ring added, and take your needle through the wrapped loop on the component, then back through the last few beads of your necklace and pull tightly.

Use your thread to create a loop, by wrapping it around your finger of your left ( non-dominant) hand, and back to sit directly underneath the thread between the beads your needle exited.

Take your needle through the loop, take away your finger, and pull the thread making sure that the knot is forming between those two beads before you pull it really tight.

Sew through your work, knotting again in a few places in the same way. I would advise sewing around the clasp end again, if possible, because that is the place that will give friction to the thread and rub more.

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Step Twenty-Eight:

Add another 120 cm of thread to your needle and turn your central flower face down again. You need to take your needle and thread through part of the flower and knot down again as before in step Twenty-Three.

Sew around the circle of beads on the back of the flower until your needle is exiting the size 10 bead between the leaf that is two over at the top from the previous seed bead leaf we created. So that the peppermint beads are at the sides of the top two leaves of the flower.

Repeat all steps from: 23 to 28 to finish the other side of your necklace, then sew in any left-over thread or trim away.

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