Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘Snowflake’ earrings

Snowflake earrings out of seed beads

Today we will make beaded earrings that look like snowflakes. If you don’t need earrings, such snowflakes without ear wires will look great as individual decorative elements.

We will need the following materials:
- size 8 seed beads of two colors (I used seed beads of white and gray colors);
- wire 0.2 mm thick;
- two ear wires.


To get started, take a wire 80 cm long. Then do the following steps:

Step 1.
Pick up 12 beads, alternating white and gray ones.

Take the end of the wire that comes out from the gray bead and cross it through the extreme white bead at the other end of the wire.

Tighten the wire making one of its ends to be about 15 cm long. We’ve got a central ring of the snowflake.

Make further beading using only the longer end of the wire. The shorter end of the wire is not involved in the process of beading any more, so leave it alone for now. We will secure it at the finishing stage of beading.




Step 2.
Pick up one white bead and pass the wire from the reverse side through the same bead in the central ring from which the wire comes out at the moment.

Tighten the wire. The last added bead has lain above the white bead in the central ring of the snowflake.

Step 3.
Pass the wire onward through the next two beads in the central ring so that it comes out from the white bead again.

Repeat the Step 2, thus attaching one more white bead above the white bead in the central ring.

Then repeat the Steps 3 and 2 successively four more times, thus attaching the new white beads above all the remaining white beads in the central ring. For our convenience let’s call those six new white beads as ‘the beads of the 2nd tier’.

Step 4.
Before we continue beading, pass the wire through the last added bead of the 2nd tier.

Step 5.
Pick up six white beads

and then, leading the wire from the side of the beadwork pass it through the 3rd bead of just picked beads.

Move all the beads close to the beadwork and tighten the wire.

After that pick up two more white beads and pass the wire onward through the next bead of the 2nd tier.

Tighten the wire. We’ve made the first beam of the snowflake.

Step 6.
Pick up one gray bead and pass the wire from the reverse side through the same bead from which the wire comes out at the moment.

Tighten the wire. The gray bead has lain above the white bead of the 2nd tier.

Then repeat the Steps 5 and 6 successively five more times, thus making all the other beams of the snowflake with gray beads between them.

The snowflake is almost completed. If you prefer to use it as an individual decorative element you should just secure and trim the excess ends of the wire.

But since we are making an earring, we need to attach an earring hook to the snowflake.

To do that, first pass the working wire through the beadwork so that it comes out from the top bead of a snowflake’s beam.

Then pick up two white beads, an earring hook and two more white beads

and pass the wire from the reverse side through the same bead from which the wire comes out at the moment.

Tighten the wire. The earring hook together with extra beads have formed a loop above the snowflake’s beam.

Now secure the wire and then trim its excess ends. One earring is completed.

In the same way make another earring.
We’ve got a set of lovely earrings in winter theme. They are very simple but quite elegant!

And I remind you that if you want to make different beaded snowflakes you can find a few other tutorials on our site.

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