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Beaded diamonds

Pre-mixed bead blends are great, but it can be hard to know what to do with them. Start with a pair of earrings and then see where the beads take you!

Bead mixes vary — some contain several shades of the same size bead whereas others, like the one I used, contain beads of several different colors and styles. This bead mix contains three colors of 11/0 seed beads, four colors of 8/0 seed beads, one color of 6/0 seed beads, and two colors of 6mm bugle beads.

For these earrings, you’ll need one color each of 11/0s (seafoam) and 8/0s (gold) and both colors of bugle beads (I used the shiny one as color A and the matte one as color B). You won’t need all the beads in all three packages of the mix, but you’ll probably need all three packs to make sure you have enough of each individual bead. It’s better to have too many than fall short. And these packages are inexpensive — three packages cost less than $4! 

Earrings 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm)

  • 3 8 g packages of Toho bead mix (mint/forest and gold; www.artbeads.com)
  • 1 pair of earring findings
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins, 22–26 gauge
  • beading needles, #11
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

Basics

INSTRUCTIONS

ASSEMBLY

1. On a head pin, string an 11/0 and one end hole of a diamond. String two bugles on the head pin, and then guide the head pin through the other end hole of the diamond. String an 11/0, and make a wrapped loop.

2. Open the loop of an ear wire, attach the dangle, and close the loop.

3. Repeat steps 1–2 to complete the second earring.

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