It's been a while since I made anything for myself. Our newly arrived selection of Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat seed beads inspired me to get a move on and make something for spring and summer, so here are my new earrings:
1 x 11-4464 Duracoat Opaque Light Watermelon - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads, here
1 x 11-4454 Duracoat Opaque Kumquat - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads, here
1 x 11-4468 Duracoat Opaque Pansy - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads, here
1 x Pink S-Lon / C-Lon Size D Thread, here
1 x Beadsmith Size 12 Long Beading Needles, here
1 pair Silver-Plated Hook Ear Wires, or other ear wires of choice, here
Earring backs, optional, but highly recommended to keep earrings in place, here
Jewellery pliers, optional
These earrings require basic earring-making knowledge of ladder stitch, brick stitch, making an earring loop and fringe making.
Start by making the earring base in ladder stitch, using 11/0 beads in colour 4464. The earring base is 15 stacks of 2 beads each (a total of 30 beads). Continue with brick stitch until your work is down to two beads and make your earring loop. You can add your ear wire at this stage by slipping it onto the loop before you close it, or add it when your earrings are finished, using jewellery pliers.
When you have finished the top portion of your earrings, continue with your fringe. Each fringe is the same, using your 11/0 Miyuki beads in the following repeat: string 10 beads of colour 4464, 6 beads of colour 4454, 3 beads of colour 4464, and 12 beads of colour 4468.
Make a second earring the same way, and you're done!
Finished size of earrings is approximately 1.25 inches/32mm wide and 3 1/8 inches/81mm long, including the ear wires.