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Seed of life earrings

Bead weave SuperDuos and seed beads for pretty earrings
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Made up of seven interlocking circles, the seed of life pattern is often used to symbolize the building blocks of life. This fun beaded version is super easy to make!
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SUPPLIES

gold/dark purple earrings 1 3⁄8 in. (3.5 cm)

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
    • 32 color A (metallic Aztec gold matte)
    • 60 color B (luster metallic amethyst)
  • 4 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki, metallic dark bronze)
  • 2 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, smoky quartz)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 332, gold luster raspberry)
  • 1 pair of earring findings
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

gold/indigo colors

  • 2.5 x 5 mm Twin seed beads (in place of SuperDuos)
  • color A (Preciosa, jet plum pearl)
  • color B (Preciosa, silky light gold)
  • 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki, metallic dark bronze)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, smoky quartz)
  • 15/0 seed bead (Toho 459, gold luster dark topaz)

INSTRUCTIONS

Earrings

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FIGURE 1
1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick up six color A SuperDuo beads, tie a square knot, and sew through the first A again to form a ring, leaving a 9-in. (23 cm) tail. Sew through the open hole of the same A (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a color B SuperDuo bead, sew through the open hole of the same B, and continue through the open hole of the next A (b–c). Repeat this stitch five times to complete the round, and step up through the first B added (c–d).
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FIGURE 2
3. Work in a counterclockwise direction: Pick up three Bs, sew down through the next B added in the previous round, and continue up through the other hole of the same B (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch five times to complete the round (b–c). To step up, sew through the inner hole of the next B, and continue through the open hole of the same B and the open hole of the following B (c–d).
Tip!
If your stitching tension is a little loose, your earrings could end up a little floppy. To avoid this, stitch with tight tension or retrace your thread path through each round.
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FIGURE 3
4. Work in a clockwise direction: Pick up an A and three 15/0 seed beads, sew through the open hole of the same A, and continue through the open hole of the next B in the previous round (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an A and three 15/0s, sew through the open hole of the same A, and continue through the open hole of the following two Bs (b–c). Repeat these two stitches to add a total of 10 bead sets, stopping two stitches before the round is completed (c–d).

5. Pick up two Bs, sew through the open hole of the next B in the previous round, pick up two Bs, and sew through the outer holes of the following two Bs (d–e).

6. Work in a counterclockwise direction: Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the inner holes of the next two Bs in the previous round (e–f). Repeat this stitch once (f–g).
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FIGURE 4

7. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew clock-wise through the beadwork as shown (FIGURE 4, a–b).

8. Pick up a drop bead, and sew through the open hole of the next B (b–c). Pick up two Bs, and sew through the open hole of the following B (c–d). Pick up a drop, and sew through the open hole of the next B (d–e).

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FIGURE 5

Sew through the beadwork as shown (FIGURE 5, a–b).
9. Pick up two 15/0s and the loop of an ear wire, and sew through the open hole of the next B (b–c). Sew through the other hole of the two adjacent Bs (c–d). Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread.

10. To embellish the center, thread a needle on the tail. If necessary, sew through the open space between the beads to position the tail on the front side of the beadwork. Pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, skip the next two As in the inner ring, and sew through the inner hole of the following A. Sew back through the crystal, the inner hole of the opposite A, and the inner hole of the following A (e–f). The crystal will sit slightly elevated in the center. End the tail.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make a second earring.


Pretty pendant
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Make a pendant to match your earrings! Either make it exactly the same as the earring or simplify it by working step 4 all the way around and adding a hanging loop.

 

 

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