When it's a pair of earrings, of course.
The bead crochet earrings above started out life as a bracelet made from one of Linda Lehman’s many gorgeous bead crochet patterns, Drops Traveling in Reverse, from her Etsy shop Wearable Art Emporium.
I had planned to make the project as a bracelet, per Linda’s design, but about three-quarters of the way through, I realised that I hadn’t strung enough beads for a bracelet and was faced with having to cut the cord, string more beads and then add the new cord in. No big deal, but I thought that as I was going to have to cut the cord anyway, was there something else I might like to do with the project? There was. After twiddling the bit I’d made this way and that, I decided to turn them into earrings, my first bead crochet earrings ever.
Materials used were our Toho 11/0 seed beads in Marbled Sandy Pink Luster (11-1201), Marbled Lavender Luster (11-1204), Marbled Dusty Amethyst Luster (11-1203), Marbled Blue Sea Foam Luster (11-1208), and Miyuki 3.4mm drop beads in Violet Gold Luster (DP-1884). I'm not much inclined to pastel colours, so this project forced me a bit out of my comfort zone. I also used our Amethyst C-Lon Micro-Cord for crocheting, sterling silver 8mm bead caps and sterling silver ear wires.
When the bead crochet segments were finished and the tails of cord woven in, I threaded a piece of flush-cut 20 gauge sterling-silver half-hard wire through one bead cap and into the bead crochet tube. I made a small loop at the bead cap end of the wire with a round-nose pliers, and repeated at the other end after flush cutting for smoothness. The two loops were easy to thread onto the ear wires, though the loops of the wire needed to be twisted with flat-head pliers to get the earrings to lay flush against my neck.
The cool thing about using wire as a core for bead crochet is that you can re-shape your work into something it won’t do naturally. I could quite easily squeeze these earrings longer and narrower, or squish them out to be more circular.
My next project is attempting my first peyote stitch piece: an even-count cuff bracelet. Of course, at the rate things are going, I may just wind up with another pair of earrings.Continue reading