Bugle Bead Earrings

This clever design uses bugle beads and seed beads and is a lot simpler than it looks!

Bugle bead earrings DIY Tutorial

 

 

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

-Chainnose pliers

-Scissors

-Size 10 beading needle*

*if using Nymo or similar use a size 10 beading needle. If using Supplemax no needle is required.

How to:

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.

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

2.Take the thread back through the size 8 seed bead in the same direction

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

3.Pull the thread tight and add on 1 x bugle bead

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

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.

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

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.

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

6.To pull the design together, go through the size 8 added in step 1

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

 

 

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.

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

8.Tie off both ends of thread with a couple of knots, take the tail through the next bead and cut off the excess.

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

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!

Bugle Bead Earrings DIY

If you have a go at making your own bugle bead earrings, or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! And if you really like my tutorials, I’d love for you to sign up to my monthly email! Happy Making!

 

Tell your friends!

13 thoughts on “Bugle Bead Earrings

    • May 9, 2016 at 10:54 am
      Permalink

      Thank you, always makes me happy to know people like my designs 🙂

      Reply
      • February 6, 2017 at 5:51 am
        Permalink

        I just finished making these with red beads (love the turquoise but have a lot of it). They are pretty and you were right, they are easy to make.

        Reply
        • February 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm
          Permalink

          Brilliant! Glad you had a go at making them! Emma

          Reply
  • May 29, 2016 at 12:19 am
    Permalink

    Can’t wait to make these they are beautiful!!

    Reply
    • May 29, 2016 at 10:31 pm
      Permalink

      Thanks! You will have to send me a photo! Emma x

      Reply
  • October 5, 2016 at 1:11 am
    Permalink

    Very easy and quick to make. They are extremely light in weight. Had fun making them

    Reply
    • October 5, 2016 at 11:46 am
      Permalink

      So pleased you had fun! And yes, they are super lightweight to wear! What colours did you use? Emma

      Reply
  • January 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    Permalink

    Since I basically have only strung beads by hand(including the smallest seed bead) I’m not that familiar with beading needles. Could I just do this pair of earrings by hand? Thank you for your time.

    Reply
    • January 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Karen! The beading needles will make it far easier, especially when you have to thread through a bead your have already gone through once. However, you could try stiffening the end of your thread with a little super glue or nail varnish to help. Let me know how you get on! Emma

      Reply
  • April 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    Permalink

    I am going to try these tonight thank you

    Reply

Leave a Reply to Emma Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this:
http://nosubhealth.com