How to Make Beaded Fringe Earrings

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We have another tutorial for you here on the Golden Age Beads blog! Long beaded fringe earrings are right on trend at the moment and they are perfect for wearing during the summer months to complement bohemian style fashion.

These earrings are made up of seven beaded strings in different lengths and each one has been attached to a hammered gold tone hoop finding.

To make these earrings you’ll need the following materials:

  • Selection of size 11/0 seed beads in three different colors – we’ve used cornflower blue, teal and cream seed beads
  • Gold tone hammered hoop findings x 2
  • Gold tone earwires x 2
  • Gold tone metallic spacer beads x 14
  • Size 10/12 beading needle and gold colored beading thread
  • Round nose pliers and scissors

Thread your beading needle with the thread and use one of your gold spacer beads as a stop bead to begin. To do this, pick up a gold bead onto your needle, slide it down the thread leaving a 9 inch tail and go back through the bead in the same way so that it sits tightly onto the thread. This will stop your beads from falling off as we begin to make the earrings!

When you have your stop bead in place, pick up the following: 8 x cream, 5 x teal and 7 x cornflower blue seed beads. This pattern will form the first beaded string for your earring component.

Once you have those beads strung, pick up onto your needle 1 x gold spacer bead and 6 x cornflower blue seed beads. You’ll be using these beads to attach the gold hoop to the beaded string in the next step.

Thread your needle through one of your gold hoops and go back through the gold spacer bead as shown in this picture, so that the cornflower blue seed beads form a closed circle around the gold hoop.

After you’ve gone through the gold spacer bead, go back through all of the seed beads you’ve threaded on until you get to the other end of the string. Make sure your thread exits out of the cream seed bead just before the first gold spacer bead (stop bead).

You’ll now be turning your stop bead into the final bead of this earring strand. Go around and through the stop bead, then sew through a few of the cream seed beads. Make a knot in your thread in between a couple of the cream seed beads and sew through a few more afterwards. Make another knot in the teal section of the beaded strand and sew through a few more before cutting your thread.

At this point, it’s time to get rid of the tail part of your thread that will still be threaded through your stop bead (now the final bead in the strand). To do this, pull the tail thread from around the gold spacer bead, thread on your needle and sew through the cream seed beads, making a knot or two as above. Trim off any excess thread and you’ll have one completed strand.

Repeat steps 1 to 5 to make the rest of the strands for the earring component. The pattern for the remaining earring strands is as follows:

  • Strand 2 – 10 cream, 7 teal and 9 cornflower blue seed beads
  • Strand 3 – 12 cream, 9 teal and 11 cornflower blue seed beads
  • Strand 4 – 14 cream, 11 teal and 11 cornflower blue seed beads
  • Strand 5 – 12 cream, 9 teal and 11 cornflower blue seed beads
  • Strand 6 – 10 cream, 7 teal and 9 cornflower blue seed beads
  • Strand 7 – 8 cream, 5 teal and 7 cornflower blue seed beads

When you’ve threaded on each strand of beads, remember to add on 1 x gold tone spacer bead and 6 x cornflower seed beads to make the attachment to the gold hoop!

When all 7 beaded strands have been completed, it’s time to attach the earwire! Use your round nose pliers to open the earring loop and slot the gold hoop into it. Close up the loop with your pliers.

Repeat steps 1 to 8 to make the second earring!

We hope you enjoyed this earring tutorial! If you did, please take just a moment to share this with your followers on social media. You may want to check out our other free jewelry making tutorials here!

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  1. I don’t understand the instructions. If you went back through the first bead the same way the bead would no longer be on the thread. Do you wind the thread around the bead? In that case wouldn’t the thread show in the finished design?


    • Hi Jill, thanks for your comment.

      So, you have two ends, right? One went through the final bead while the other one exited before it. With the former you go straight back through the seed beads; with the latter you thread it through the final bead first and then go through the seed beads.

      The thread would indeed be somewhat visible on the sides on the final bead.

      I hope it makes sense!


  2. I made a version, I’d include a picture but I don’t think there’s a way for me to do that here.
    I really appreciated this tutorial, it was exactly the style I wanted to make. I used 9 strands total for each earring so they are nice & full. I didn’t have the uniform sized seed beads so I just used what was in my stash & I think it worked just fine.
    Thanks again, I know this post is a few years old but glad I found it.




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