Netted Earrings

There are endless ways to combine the beads used in this project: You can work in all melons. You can mix and match druks with faceted round fire polished beads. You can go monochromatic, or you can use all the colors of the rainbow. Once you get started with trying all the different possibilities, you wont want to stop!

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NETTED EARRINGS

Amy Haftkowycz from Trixie's Jewel Box

This quick and fun project is a great way to test the "bead weaving waters!" There are endless ways to combine the beads used in this project: You can work in all melons. You can mix and match druks with faceted round fire polished beads. You can go monochromatic, or you can use all the colors of the rainbow. Once you get started with trying all the different possibilities, you wont want to stop! While this tutorial is for a pair of earrings, these beaded components also make lovely pendants, or they can be used as connectors in bracelets and necklaces. Let your imagination run wild!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Materials:

  • 6mm Czech Glass Beads – (8 beads)
  • 4mm Czech Glass Beads – (6 beads)
  • 3mm Czech Glass – (8 beads)
  • 11o Seed Beads – (28 beads)
  • 8o Seed Beads - (16 beads)
  • Earwires – (1 pair)

Additional Supplies:

  • 6lb Fireline Beading Thread
  • #10 Beading Needle
  • Scissors
  • Chain Nose Pliers – (1 pair)
 

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

OPTION 3

6mm Czech Glass Beads (8 beads)

4mm Czech Glass Beads (6 beads)

3mm Czech Glass (8 beads)

11o Seed Beads (28 beads)

8o Seed Beads (16 beads)

 

Earwires (1 pair)

 

 

©2020 Amy Haftkowycz, All rights reserved. Distributed by Nirvana Beads. This project may be distributed and taught by customers of Nirvana Beads. This document may not be altered in any way without first obtaining written approval from Amy Haftkowycz.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTES: This project works well with melon beads, druk, beads, and faceted round fire polished beads. Try mixing and matching for a wonderfully textured look!

This project assumes a working knowledge of weaving in/tying off thread.

 

Making the Base of the earring:

1- Thread your needle with a comfortable length of Fireline.

2- Pick up four 6mm beads.  Slide the beads down the thread, leaving a 3” tail. From the tail end up, pass the needle through all four beads a second time (Figure 1; Figure 2). Put the needle down, and then tie three knots with the tail and the working thread; this will pull the beads into a circle (Figure 3). Pass the tail through the closest 6mm bead and then trim the tail off close to the beadwork. Pass the needle through the same 6mm bead, and then hold the beadwork so the working thread is coming out the upper right hand corner (Figure 3a).

 

 

3- Pick up three 4mm beads. Slide them down to the beadwork (Figure 4), and then from left to right pass back through the 6mm bead your working thread is coming out of (Figure 5). Pull these beads in close (Figure 6).

4- Work the needle and thread so that it is coming out of the middle 4mm bead (Figure 7).

 

 

5- Pick up three 3mm beads. Slide them down to the beadwork (Figure 8), and then from right to left pass through the 4mm bead your working thread is coming out of (Figure 9). Pull these beads in close (Figure 10).

 

 

Adding the Loop for the Earwire: 

6- Work the needle and thread so that it is coming out of the middle 3mm bead (Figure 11).

7- Pick up four 11o seed beads. Slide them down to the beadwork, and then from left to right pass through the 3mm bead your thread is coming out of (Figure 12). Pull these beads in close (Figure 13).

 

 

Adding Seed Bead Edging:

8- Pick up one 11o seed bead and pass through the closest 3mm bead (Figure 14, Figure 14a). Pick up one 8o seed bead and pass through the closest 4mm bead (Figure 15, Figure 15a). Pick up two 8o seed beads and pass through the closest 6mm bead (Figure 16, Figure 16a). Pick up one 8o and pass through the closest 6mm bead (Figure 17, Figure 17a). Mirror this pattern to fill in the seed beads along the other edge of the beadwork (Figure 18).

 

 

Adding the Netting:

9- Hold the beadwork as shown in Figure 18. Work the needle and thread so that it is coming out of the 6mm bead at the bottom of the right side edge of the beadwork (Figure 19). Pick up two 11o seed beads, one 3mm bead, and two 11o seed beads. From top to bottom, pass through the 6mm bead that is directly across the beadwork (Figure 20). Pull the beads in close (Figure 21).

 

 

10- Pick up two 11o seed beads. From bottom to top, pass through the 3mm bead added in Step 9 (Figure 22). Pull the beads in close (Figure 23).

11- Pick up two 11o seed beads. From top to bottom, pass through the 6mm bead that is immediately to the right (Figure 24). Pull the beads in close (Figure 25).

 

 

Finishing the Earring/Attaching the Earwire:

12- Weave the thread into the beadwork, tying several knots along the way. Trim the thread close to the beadwork.

13- Using chain nose pliers, gently twits the loop on the earwire open. Slide the earring component over the loop, making sure the netting is facing front (Figure 26). Gently twist the loop closed (Figure 27).

14- Repeat Steps 1-13 to make the second earring. Wear and enjoy!!

 

  

 


About Amy Haftkowycz from Trixie's Jewel Box: 

Like many others, my journey into the world of beads began on a fluke: one day, way back in 1995, I wandered into a newly-opened bead store in a neighboring town, and I was immediately hooked. And that addiction grew incredibly fast. I knew almost immediately that I couldn’t just buy the beads…I had make the beads myself! Before the end of my first year in the world of beading, I was set up with a torch, glass rods, and a kiln…I became a lampworker.

I spent many years making glass beads and selling them at bead shows and art fairs. It was a wonderful and exciting time. But, as the years wore on, my hands grew weary, and my mind craved to expand my beading experience.

As luck would have it, I had two dear friends who were looking to open a bead store, and they wanted a third partner to join them. It was the perfect opportunity at the perfect time, and in 2006 Artful Beads Studio and Workshop was born! Over the next 10 years, we had a wonderful time teaching classes, learning new techniques in beading, metal smithing, and metal clay, and generally having a great time. But, as we all know, all good things eventually come to an end; we all decided it was time to move on to new adventures and in January of 2016, we closed our doors.

And that’s when “Trixie’s Jewel Box” came to be. I still adored beads, and this was an opportunity to try things out in yet another direction. I received my PMC certification back in the late 90s, but hadn’t had the time for playing around with metal clay as I wanted. So, with the store now closed, I decided to focus my energy for Trixie’s Jewel Box on making metal clay jewelry components…pieces that add a unique, artistic touch to peoples’ designs without breaking the bank in the process.

I also began designing beading kits that center around my handcrafted components. This is a challenge that I truly enjoy, as it brings together my love of original metal pieces and my love of artistic Czech glass beads.

These days I can still be found at several bead shows a year, as well as on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/TrixiesJewelBox, where I sell my handcrafted metal clay components, beading kits, Czech glass beads, seed beads, and beading supplies. Additionally, some of my projects can be found in various beading magazines (both past and present), and I maintain a beading blog on my website www.TrixiesJewelBox.com. I don’t imagine I will ever tire of beads!