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Beaded bead cap earrings

A variety of stitches means multiple design options for these beaded earrings

Beaded bead cap earrings

Combine ladder stitch, herringbone and fringe to dress up any large art-glass, stone or crystal bead. Mix and match the various techniques to achieve a different look for each pair you make. These beaded bead caps work well on coin-shaped, round and oval beads.

 

Below, you’ll find instructions on how to make the base for these earrings. For full instructions – including how to add the top and bottom fringe, and edge trim – download the free project PDF here

 

Materials

Pair of earrings

  • 2 3/4-in. (1.9 cm) stone, crystal, or art-glass beads 
  • 2 8 mm rondelles
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    - 8 color A
    - 6 color B
  • 12 4 mm crystal pearls
  • 1-2 g 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) 22-gauge head pins
  • pair of earring findings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 or #13
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 

Instructions

Base

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Figure 1
Beaded bead cap earrings Figure 2
Figure 2

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, stitch a six-bead ladder using 11/0 cylinder beads and leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Form the ladder into a ring to create round 1.

 

2. Work in herringbone stitch as follows:

 

Round 2: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the ring and up through the following cylinder. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (Figure 1).

 

Round 3: Work an increase herringbone round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the previous round. Pick up a cylinder, and sew up through the next cylinder in the previous round. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (Figure 2).

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Figure 3
Beaded bead cap earrings Figure 4
Figure 4

Round 4: Work an increase herringbone round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the previous round. Pick up two 15/0 seed beads, and sew up through the next cylinder in the previous round. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (Figure 3).

 

Round 5: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the previous round and up through the next 15/0. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew down through the next 15/0 in the previous round and up through the next cylinder. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (Figure 4). To download full instructions for this free project, click here. 

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