Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by making a beautiful pair of beaded earrings especially for the occasion. These Delicate Daisy Chain Beaded Earrings can be sewed together really easily and quickly using seed beads, spacer beads and a couple of beadwork stitches. Let’s get started with this free beading tutorial!
For this project, you’ll need the following materials:
- Two different colors of size 11 seed beads. (This tutorial uses white and green seed beads to give those daisies an authentic look!) In terms of the exact amount of seed beads for two earring components, you’ll need 60 seed beads for the daisies (white) and 40 seed beads for the alternating pattern between the daisies (green).
- 6 x 3mm spacer beads for the middle of the daisies (3 per earring). This tutorial uses gold metallic spacer beads.
- 2 x gold plated fishhook earwires.
- Size 10 or 12 beading needle.
- Beading thread in white.
- A pair of round nose pliers.
- A pair of small fabric scissors to cut your thread.
To begin making the first earring piece, thread your needle and pick up 3 x green seed beads and 1 x white seed bead so that you have 4 seed beads in total on your needle. Pull the beads down the thread leaving a 10 inch tail as you’ll be weaving this into your beadwork a little later on. Go back through all 4 seed beads so that your needle is exiting out of the white seed bead. Pull the seed beads into a circle.
The white seed bead that your thread is currently exiting out of is going to be your first bead in the first round of daisies. Holding your beadwork carefully, pick up 9 x white seed beads onto your needle and go back through the first white seed bead that you’re currently exiting out of. Only go through the first seed bead and not through all of the others! This will create a circle of white seed beads (you’ll then have 10 white seed beads in the circle).
With your thread exiting out of the first white seed bead as before, pick up a gold spacer bead onto your needle. Including that first white seed bead, count backwards to 6 white seed beads (the halfway point directly across in the circle of white seed beads and go through that bead in the same direction as before, pushing the spacer bead into the middle of the circle at the same time. This will align your spacer bead perfectly into the middle of your daisy! (You’ll know if you haven’t gone through the white seed bead in the right direction because your spacer bead won’t sit properly in the circle).
With your first daisy complete, you can now create a leaf pattern to separate your daisies. To do this, make sure your thread is exiting out of the (top) white seed bead which is the one that was directly across from that very first white seed bead in the previous step. Then pick up 3 x green seed beads onto your needle and go back through the white seed bead in the same direction to form a circle. Go through the next 2 green seed beads so that your thread is exiting out of the middle green seed bead (this part of the project uses a right angle weave stitch).
To complete the leaf pattern, pick up 1 x green seed bead, 1 x white seed bead and 1 x green seed bead again onto your needle and go back through the first green seed bead again to make a circle. Go back through the next two seed beads in the circle (right angle weave stitch) so that your thread is exiting out of the white seed bead (the top bead). This will be your first white seed bead in the next round of daisies!
Repeat steps 2 to 4 in order to create a total of 3 daisies being formed with 2 leaf patterns in between the daisies plus the start of another leaf with your thread exiting out of the middle green seed bead. To complete the component, you’ll need to add a bail so that your earwire can fit onto it. To do this, pick up 4 x green seed beads and go back through the green seed bead that your thread is currently exiting out of to form a circle for the bail.
Reinforce the bail by going through all the beads again and then make a knot with your needle somewhere in between a couple of seed beads. Go through your beadwork some more before making another knot. Go through a few more beads and snip off your thread with the scissors (as close to the beads as possible so that you won’t see any loose ends).
Thread your needle onto the tail you left at the beginning and make a knot next to your beads after checking the tension is fairly tight on those bottom beads. Go through your beadwork, making a couple more knots as per step 6 and then cut your thread when you’re happy that your beadwork is secure.
The very final step in this project is to attach your fishhook earwire to the bail! Use your round nose pliers to prise open the ring at the bottom of your earwire. Attach this component to the bail and use your pliers again to close up the ring, making it nice and secure.
There you have it – a completed Delicate Daisy Chain Beaded Earring component! Repeat steps 1 to 8 to make the second earring for this project.
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