Candy cane earrings

Feeling festive? Make candy cane earrings for a quick-to-stitch holiday treat

SUPPLIES

  • Pair of earrings 2 x 3⁄4 in. (5 x 1.9 cm)
  • 2 mm faux pearls
    • 92 color A (white) 
    • 94 color B (red)
  • 2 earring findings
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins (gunmetal)
  • 2 3–4 mm jump rings
  • Beading needles, #12
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • Roundnose pliers
  • Wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Candy Cane Earrings 1
Photo a
Candy Cane Earrings 2
Photo b
1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, pick up a repeating pattern of a color A and a color B 2 mm pearl twice for a total of four beads. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first A again (PHOTO A).
Candy Cane Earrings 3
Photo c
Candy Cane Earrings 4
Photo d
2. Pick up two As and a B, and sew through the next A in the ring (PHOTO B). Repeat (PHOTO C), and step up through the first two As added in this step (PHOTO D).
Candy Cane Earrings 5
Photo e
Candy Cane Earrings 6
Photo f
3. Pick up a B, and sew through the second A in the next stitch of the previous round (PHOTO E). Repeat (PHOTO F). Your thread will be exiting the same A it exited at the start of this step.

4. Pick up two As and a B, and sew through the middle bead (an A) in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat, and step up through the first two As added in this step. You will be sewing through the same As you sewed through in the previous step.

5. Add a round of Bs between the middle As of the previous round, as in step 3.

6. Repeat steps 4–5 nine times until you have 23 beads in each diagonal line. The tube should be about about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) long. 

7. Sew through the two Bs added in the last round to cinch up the end of the beadwork. Set the working thread aside for the time being.
Candy Cane Earrings 7
Photo g
Candy Cane Earrings 8
Photo h
8. Slide a head pin into the opening of the beadwork, head-end first. Trim the head pin so about 1/8 in. (3 mm) extends beyond the end of the tube. Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop that will fit within the tube (PHOTO G), and push it into the tube so you can no longer see the wire.

9. Using the tail, sew through the two Bs at this end of the tube to cinch it up, and end the thread.

10. Curve the other end of the tube so the beadwork resembles a candy cane. 

11. Sew through one diagonal line of Bs to exit a B at the approximate apex of the curve. 

12. Pick up a B and a 3–4 mm jump ring, sew back through the B just added, and sew through the next bead so the new B sits on the curve of the candy cane (PHOTO H). Retrace the thread path of the connection, and end the thread.
Candy Cane Earrings 9
Photo i
13. Open the loop of an ear wire, and attach it to the jump ring (PHOTO I).

14. Repeat steps 1–13 to make another earring.
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