In today’s jewelry-making tutorial, find out how to make a pair of beaded fringe earrings using seed beads, gold tone findings and chain!
This is a relatively quick project to make up and the finished earrings look so good that you’ll want to wear them at every opportunity.
For this project, you’ll need the following materials:
- Size 11/0 Toho round seed beads in two different colors – we recommend turquoise and gold.
- Gold tone ear wires
- Gold tone 2 inch ball pins.
- Gold tone 2 inch eye pins.
- Gold tone jump rings.
- Gold tone trace chain.
- Jewelry pliers and wire cutters.
To begin, thread 30 seed beads onto a ball pin as shown in the step 1 photo above. We’ve used gold seed beads here but you can use any color you like. This will make the center part of the beaded fringe.
Make a loop at the top with your jewelry pliers to secure your beads onto the ball pin. (Trim off any excess wire if need be.)
Make 6 more beaded strands, this time in your alternate color (we’ve used turquoise). To make sure your beaded fringe will taper in at the ends, we’d recommend making 3 sets of beaded strands with a few less seed beads.
For example, make up 2 strands with 22 beads each, 2 more strands with 17 beads each and the remaining 2 strands with 12 beads each.
Once you have 7 beaded strands in total, you can thread them onto an eye pin to make your beaded fringe!
To make sure the strands won’t slide around, add a seed bead directly onto the eye pin before every strand (and at the end), to fill any gaps (see the step 3 photo).
Make sure your longest beaded strand is in the middle and that the others taper in towards the edges as shown above.
Once you have your 7 beaded strands in place, trim the eye pin and make a loop at the end as shown in the step 4 photo. Your beaded fringe should fit snugly across it.
Now it’s time to create the chain part of this earring. Cut 2 lengths of chain between 2 and 3 inches, depending on how long you want your earrings to be. Use your wire cutters for this.
Make sure that your lengths of chain are exactly the same size! This is really important as otherwise your beaded fringe will end up lopsided!
You’ll need an ear wire and a jump ring for the next step...
All you need to do now is connect all the parts together! Connect one end of each chain to either end of the beaded fringe. Then connect the other ends of the chain to a jump ring, along with your ear wire.
Repeat steps 1 to 5 to make another earring and you’re done!
We hope you enjoyed this jewelry-making tutorial! For more posts like this, please check out our tutorials section on the blog.
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