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How to make seed bead earrings.

How to make seed bead earrings tutorial

Learn how to make seed bead earrings.

Put your seed beading expertise to the test and challenge yourself with this week’s hints and tips tutorial! Through the combination of super duo and seed beads you will make these gorgeous, beaded petals drop earrings. Seed beading works by threading individual beads onto a string/ fabric and aligning in a desired pattern. It is extremely popular in jewellery making and fabric embellishment. Seed beading is a stunning, intricate technique that can have such a varied impact depending on the number of beads used. By following these instructions, you will have a subtle, geometric pair of earrings perfect as an evening accessory for this Autumn season. Create a piece you’re proud of and don’t forget to share it with us via social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 1

Step One

Sort out the three colours of super duo's, matt grey, galvanized silver and bronze. Cut approx 1 metre of wildfire and thread a beading needle to one end. Pick up one matt gold super duo, one cranberry seed bead. Repeat three times so you have four of each bead on the thread leaving a long tail of approx 23cms

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 2

Step Two

Pass the needle through all of the beads again and bring them together to form a circle then pass the needle through the next three beads exiting out of a super duo.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 3

Step Three

Step up by passing the needle up through the outer hole of the same super duo.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 4

Step Four

Pick up three matt grey super duo's passing the needle through the outer hole of the super duo of the previous row.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 5

Step Five

Repeat step four adding three matt grey super duo's to complete the round, finish by passing the needle through the beads again exiting out of a set of three of the matt grey super duo's and step up as in step three.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 6

Step Six

Pick up a turquoise seed bead pass the need through the top of the super duo add another turquoise bead and pass the needle through the next super duo. Pick up three galvanized silver beads and pass the needle through the next super duo, pick up a turquoise bead pass the needle through the next super duo pick up another turquiose bead and pass the needle through the next super duo.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 7

Step Seven

Pick up two matt bronze super duo's then pass the needle through the next super duo. Continue to add beads to mirror image the other side ending with the two bronze super duo's . Pass the needle around all the outer beads exiting the bronze super duo's. Step up and add one bronze super duo and pass the needle through the next super duo.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 8

Step Eight

Add two galvanized gold seed beads and pass the needle through all the outer beads working your way around and exiting out of the last turquoise bead, pick up two galvanised silver beads, pass the needle through the next super duo. Repeat adding the seed beads to mirror image the outer edge.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 9

Step Nine

Work the threads around the work by passing the needle through beads to reinforce the piece. Make a couple of slip knots to secure the ends and trim off the ends .

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 10

Step Ten

Using approx 8cms of 0.6mm wire make a wrapped loop adding to the super duo at the point of the piece.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 11

Step Eleven

Add a matt gold, cranberry, matt gold and finish with another wrapped loop.

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How to make a pair of seed bead earrings - step 12

Step Twelve

Add a shepherd hook to complete the earring and repeat all steps to make another earring.

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