Make these stylishly minimal silver bead earrings using a solid ring and metal beads. I was inspired by a lot of thorn and sharks tooth designs I have seen lately, and wanted to create something of a similar shape using beads.
This make involves a little, tiny, bit of a beadweaving technique called brick stitch. Normally when I use bead weaving its on larger scale beads, but I’m branching out and using 3mm beads! It is only a small section of beading, so nothing too daunting. Also, I’m using some purple beading thread and a needle in the photos purely to make it easier for you to see what I’m doing. I really recommend using a clear, monofilament thread to make these- its practically invisible and is much more stable.
You will need:
-Metal link, I’m using a 20mm Quicklink
-12 x 3mm metal spacer beads
-Pair of fishhook earrings
-Clear monofilamant thread like Supplemax ,either 0.25mm or 0.30mm thick
1.Cut a 30cm length of mono-filament and tie to the link using a double knot, leaving a 10cm tail that we will tuck in at the end.
2.Working with the long end, thread on 2 beads
3.Take the thread under the link and up through the middle
4.Take the thread back through the last bead added, with the thread going in the opposite direction
5.Pull the thread tight so the beads sit snugly on the outside of the link
6.Thread on another bead and take the thread under and up through the link
7.Take the thread back through the bead in the opposite direction and pull the thread tight
8.Thread on 2 beads
9.Take the thread underneath the ‘bridge’ of thread between the very first 2 beads you added in Step 2.
10.Take the thread back through the last bead added, again going in the opposite direction. Pull the threads tight, making sure the beads are sitting nicely.
10.Now to add the last bead! Thread on 1 bead
11.With the thread coming out of the bead on the left, take the thread down through the bead on the right
12.Pull the threads tight, making sure the beads are all sitting evenly. Then tie off the the thread a couple of times and trim off the excess. Thread the short tail from the start up through the beads and trim that off too.
13. Open up the loop on a fishhook and add on your link.
14.Repeat all steps to create your second earring
You can also create an extra and make it into a necklace!