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Tubular peyote stitch go-go earrings

Adorn openings of go-go components with colorful rivets to transform them from plain to pretty
Gogo earrings
A popular shape in 1960s fashion, this circle with an offset hole is often called a “go-go” pendant or an offset donut.

 

Fill the open holes of these go-go earrings with a simple pattern of bicone crystals, cylinder beads and seed beads. Once you discover how easy it is to line a large opening with beadwork, you may never again be satisfied with leaving one unadorned. These rivets show how just a little beadwork goes a long way. 

SUPPLIES

Pair of earrings

  • 2 22 mm Hemalyke go-go pendants (Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, from mixed package of Hemalyke components, H20-3704PB) or a similar round pendant
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Indian sapphire champagne)
  • 1 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki Delica DB792, matte gray/blue)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors:                
    • color A (Toho 307, turquoise Picasso)                                     
    • color B (Miyuki 457L, metallic light bronze)
  • pair of earring findings
  • Fireline or WildFire thread, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • 1/4-in. (6 mm) dowel or knitting needle (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Gogo earrings Photo a
Photo A
Gogo earrings Photo b
Photo B

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline or WildFire, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 18 11/0 cylinder beads, tie them into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first two beads again. If desired, slide the ring onto a 1/4-in. (6 mm) dowel or knitting needle.

2. Using cylinders, work in tubular peyote stitch until you have a total of seven rounds (PHOTO A), stepping up at the end of each round.

3. Pick up two color A 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the next cylinder in the previous round (PHOTO B). Repeat around, and step up through the first A of the first pair added in this round.

Gogo earrings Photo c
Photo c

4. Pick up a color B 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the second A of the pair, the next cylinder in the previous round, and the next A (PHOTO C). Repeat around, and sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder in round one.

5. Insert the “rivet” into the hole of a go-go pendant, and repeat steps 3 and 4 to flare the other side of the “rivet.” Exit a B in the last round.

Gogo earrings Photo d
Photo D
Gogo earrings Photo e
Photo E

6. Pick up five Bs, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and nine Bs, and sew back through the 4 mm (PHOTO D). Pick up five Bs, and sew through the B your thread exited at the start of this step (PHOTO E).

Gogo earrings Photo f
Photo F
Gogo earrings Photo g
Photo G

7. Snug up the beadwork, and then sew through the first two Bs added in step 6 (PHOTO F). Skip the next B, and sew through the following two Bs. Pull snug so the skipped B pops out to one side (PHOTO G).

Gogo earrings Photo h
Photo H
Gogo earrings Photo i
Photo I

Sew through the adjacent two Bs below the 4 mm (PHOTO H), skip the next B, and continue through the remaining two Bs, pulling snug so the skipped B pops out to make a diamond shape (PHOTO I).

8. Sew through the beadwork to exit the corresponding B on the flip side of the rivet. Pick up five Bs, sew through the 4 mm and the loop of Bs above it, and sew back through the 4 mm. Pick up five Bs, and sew through the B your thread exited at the start of this step. Work as in step 7 to form the new Bs on this side of the go-go into a diamond shape. End the working thread and tail.

9. Open the loop of an earring finding, and attach the loop of Bs made in step 6.

10. Make a second earring.

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