Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Free Beading Tutorial: Flora Earrings

FLORA EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (15-457D)
  • 3mm druks "Champagne" (Nirvana Beads)

Since I wasn't able to track down a pattern online for the earrings that I blogged about HERE, I figured out how to make them myself and then came up with this round variation.

Click HERE to download the free tutorial

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Here is another pair of the earrings that I made for a Christmas present last year:
 

The pattern also works perfectly with 11/0 seed beads and 4mm fire polished beads but I'm not crazy about that size for earrings. If you make them that size, I suggest using Nymo D thread. Nymo B and FireLine are too thin to give the earrings enough stability. I also added one extra 11/0 seed bead for the earring wire because those beads are too large to go through the hole in the wire. It works better with three seed beads on each side of the wire. Here's a sample that I made in that size:



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (11-457L)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Stone Pink Luster"



19 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift. I had tried to make this previously, but was unsuccessful.I'm looking forward to having your pattern to guide me. I have seen another version of this design which is a necklace with what looks like half circles. Have you seen that one? I was not successful trying that one either! I'll post photos on Pinterest when I make some of the earrings using your pattern.

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    1. Hi Jeanie. I've missed seeing you around here. Yes, I know which necklace you mean but I haven't tried recreating it.

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  2. love these! already made some teensy ones for my daughter- about to tackle the 4 mm/11's. Thanks!

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    1. Did you have any trouble with the tutorial or was there anything that wasn't clear? Please post some photos of your earrings on the Pinterest board if you can. I'd love to see them.

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  3. I did end up taking a shortcut so I wouldn't be jamming my needle in on the 15's. After going up two beads in an established loop I would add three beads, go down the 3 mm and work my way to the new side of the new loop. Then I added five 15's and completed the loop by coming out where the two loops joined instead of adding two and going through the 3 mm again. This seemed to be just as stable with a whole lot fewer passes. It was no problem with the 11's as multiple passes were a breeze. All the earrings look really pretty and I will post them tomorrow. Thanks again for your work :)

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  4. Hello... I clicked on the link for the tutorial. .. and it took me to a different site. It gave me a link to click on, which I did, but nothing happened. :-( I clicked on the 'contact us' - hoping I could get some info, but that just brought me to yet another site that told me that email address was no longer available. ... please help! * grin * is there another way to get the tutorial! ?!

    Thank-You

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    1. I just checked the link and it's working fine right now. The link in this post should take you to a site called TinyUpload.com. If that's not where you ended up then something else may be going on with your computer such as a redirect virus or something. I also just tried their contact email and there was nothing wrong with that either.

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  5. I made this thanks to this pattern! http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/09/8c/f5098c361a0c90edd194634dd449696c.jpg

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    1. Your earrings are very nice. I love how you added a pearl in the center. I never thought of doing that.

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  6. You need to publish a book. I will be the first buyer.

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  7. I came here from your blog asking about the pattern. I figured it out pretty quickly because I made rings and such with the same pattern since I was 12 yrs old (almost 58 now). So the pattern isn't new and you wouldn't have been infringing on anyone else's. : )
    I also like your color selections. Yours turned out nicely, too.

    Ann

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    1. I had no idea that the pattern was that old, Ann. I've only been beading for a couple of years now so I have no idea what was available years ago. By the way, we're the same age. I'll turn 58 in April.

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  8. I am trying these for 3rd time, not doing good, gave up. I have done some seed beading but not a lot. I only have size 11 seed beads so should I use 4mm beads?? Can they be round or bicone shaped?

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    1. I've only made them once with 11/0 beads and 4mm fire polished beads. I used Miyuki seed beads in the example above and I don't recall if I've ever tried making them with Toho seed beads or not. If you're using Toho beads, that could be why you're having trouble. They're quite a bit larger than Miyuki beads. In any case, it can't hurt to try using round beads or bicones. If they don't work well, just take them apart and try something else.

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  9. These work better with 15 11 8 11 15 for the top loop. Makes it possible to do jump ring and lever back. I added 6mm round Larimar bead to the middle. Think it looks way better.

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    1. That's a great idea. I'll keep your loop idea in mind.

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  10. Hi Linda. Thanks for sharing the pattern of your beautiful jewelry. I tried to download it without success. Why?sorry for that.Ety.

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    1. I don't know why, Ety. I just tested the link and it is working. Try this link: PATTERN

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