Sunday, July 27, 2014

Easy Earrings - Crimson

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • 6mm rondelles "Crimson AB" (Chinese)

I've made the single and double versions this pattern quite a few times but always with either 3mm or 4mm rondelles and 15/0 seed beads. I have some beautiful glittery red 6mm rondelles that Teejay sent me for Christmas and I wanted to see how the earrings would look in a larger scale so I gave it a try. Obviously, the earrings came out quite large but I love them. I especially love the "AB" sparkle. I did have to adjust the number of seed beads that go around the rondelles but I've already tweaked the pattern so many times that I don't even remember how many beads are in the original version anymore.

The pattern I used is from Nunzia Scalpore's free YouTube tutorial, which you can watch HERE. The video shows how to make the double version, which is very pretty too. Most of the time I make the single version, which is the top section of Nunzia's pattern. I usually add a drop bead when I make the single version but I didn't do that with these larger red ones because I didn't think it would look right and I didn't have a suitable drop bead for them anyway.

Here is a pair of double earrings that I made for myself and they're some of my favorite earrings:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Olivine" (11-457D)
  • 3mm rondelles "Khaki AB" (Beads One)

Here is another favorite pair in the single version:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Black - #C04" (Beads One)
  • 4mm bicones "Jet - #C04" (Beads One - no longer available)

Because the rondelles I usually use to make these earrings are transparent, it's very difficult to get photos of these earrings that really show how beautiful they are. Bear that in mind when you look at these other examples:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • 4mm rondelles "Silk AB - #C25 AB" (Beads One)
  • 4mm bicones "Golden Shadow AB - #C25 AB" (Beads One)

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • 3mm rondelles "Vintage Rose AB" (Beads One) *
* "Vintage Rose AB" is not available online but "Silk AB" looks very similar when it's used in the earrings. They do have a "Pink AB" online but the "Vintage Rose AB" rondelles are more of a peachy pink rather than baby pink.

This is a sample earring that I made recently:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (11-457L)
  • 4mm rondelles "Brown/Topaz - C29 AB" (Beads One)
  • 4mm bicones "Smoked Topaz - C29 AB" (Beads One)

The rondelles in the very light colored earrings seem to disappear in the photos but in reality, the crystals show up quite well when I wear them because of the sparkle from the AB finish on the beads.



  1. These are really beautiful earrings!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie. They're actually very easy to make and work up very fast, especially when you just make the top motif. The bottom motif is a little more work.

  2. Linda, I just cannot get over how extremely talented you are! I love your style of earrings! I would like to attempt to make some, but I am not educated in beading. I do not know what brand or size of beading string/wire... which is better? Which size of needles to use. Can you make some recommend for a first time starter? Thank you kindly! --Kathy S.

    1. I use Nymo D thread for most things and Nymo B for projects that have a lot of 15/0 beads. Nymo B is finer than Nymo D. I almost always use a size 12 needle. When I started learning to bead, I used a size 10 needle but eventually decided that I was getting stuck too often where the needle wouldn't go through the beads as many times as I needed it to. When you're first learning, you might want to start with a size 10 needle and stick to simple projects with larger size beads. A lot of Deborah Roberti's patterns would probably work fine with a larger needle because she mostly uses 11/0 seed beads and 4mm crystals in her designs. Her patterns are also the easiest to follow for beginners. She has a lot of free patterns so you might want to start with one of those.

  3. estan bellos pero lastima que el tutorial que una descarga esta en ingles

    1. No sabía que había un patrón para descargar. Todo lo que sé es el video de YouTube en italiano.