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Step in time earrings

Create scalloped earrings that resemble the light, graceful, and elegant designs of the Edwardian Era
Step in time earrings key

SUPPLIES

Blue earrings 1 3⁄8 in. (3.5 cm)

  • 16 4 mm fire-polished beads (blue metallic suede)
  • 14 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (light gray)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 1207, marbled opaque turquoise blue)
  • 1 pair of earring findings 
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

Green earrings colors

  • 4 mm fire-polished beads (light green metallic suede)
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo Beads (metallic violet rainbow)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki D4204, old gold Duracoat)

Crystal earrings colors

  • 8 9 x 6 mm teardrop crystals (Swarovski, crystal AB) 
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo Beads (metallic Aztec matte gold)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
INSTRUCTIONS
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Figure 1

Component

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up two 4 mm fire-polished beads, an 11/0 seed bead, a SuperDuo bead, an 11/0, two 4 mms, an 11/0, two 4 mms, an 11/0, a SuperDuo, an 11/0, two 4 mms, and an 11/0, and sew through the beads again to form a ring (not shown in illustration for clarity). Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie a square knot, and sew through the next two 4 mms, 11/0, SuperDuo, 11/0, two 4 mms, and 11/0 (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up six 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and three 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the following SuperDuo (b–c). Pick up three 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and six 11/0s, skip the next three beads, and sew through the following 11/0. Retrace the thread path, and sew through the two 4 mms, 11/0, SuperDuo, 11/0, two 4 mms, and five 11/0s (c–d).

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Figure 2

3. Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the next SuperDuo (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up three 11/0s, a SuperDuo, five 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and three 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the following SuperDuo (b–c).

4. Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next two 11/0s, and sew through the following five 11/0s (c–d). Sew through the beadwork as shown (d–e).

5. Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the next SuperDuo (e–f). Pick up three 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and three 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the following SuperDuo. Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following two 11/0s (f–g).

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Figure 3

Assembly

1. With the working thread, sew through the beadwork to exit the inner hole of the SuperDuo at the top of the component. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the same SuperDuo (FIGURE 3, a–b).

2. Pick up three 11/0s, the loop of an ear wire, and three 11/0s, and sew through the outer hole of the SuperDuo your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Retrace the thread path of the top loop to reinforce the connection. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the inner hole of the same SuperDuo (c–d). To cinch up the beads, sew through the 11/0s on each side of the top SuperDuo. End the threads.

3. Make a second earring.

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Design Alternative
Design Alternative

If desired, use a single 8–9 mm bead in place of each pair of 4 mms. Teardrop-shaped crystals add a bit of sparkle whereas glass or gemstones add earthy appeal.

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