This clever design uses bugle beads and seed beads and is a lot simpler than it looks!
Bugle beads really lend themselves to bold, geometric shapes, and originally I was going with something triangular, but it evolved into this diamond, almost art deco style shape. You can substitute the size 10 seed beads with size 11, but they do produce a squarer shape.
You will need:
-Nymo beading thread or 0.25 Supplemax
-8 x 7mm bugle beads
-10 x Size 8 seed beads
-26 x Size 10 seed beads
-2 x 5mm jump rings
-2 x fishhook earrings
-Size 10 beading needle*
*if using Nymo or similar use a size 10 beading needle. If using Supplemax no needle is required.
1.Cut a comfortable length of beading thread, and thread on 1 x size 8 and 3 x size 10 beads, leaving a 15cm tail.
2.Take the thread back through the size 8 seed bead in the same direction
3.Pull the thread tight and add on 1 x bugle bead
4.Repeat the bead pattern twice more, so 1 x size 8 and 3 x size 10 beads go back through the size 8 then add on a bugle.
5.This time is slightly different; add on 1 x size 8, 2 x size 10, 1 x size 8 and 2 x size 10. Go back through the 1st size 8 and add a bugle bead.
6.To pull the design together, go through the size 8 added in step 1
7.Take the thread around the shape again, in a figure of eight; going through the bugles and size 10 seed beads around the bottom, then through the size 8 at the op, around the . This pushes the larger size 8s into the middle and creates a smoother, more diamond like shape.
8.Tie off both ends of thread with a couple of knots, take the tail through the next bead and cut off the excess.
9.Open a jump ring and use it to link together the top size 8 seed bead and the loop on the fishhook. Repeat all steps for the other earring!
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