Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dangle Earrings


The other day I saw some pretty earrings in an Etsy shop but there was no tutorial available for making them. The shop is Sleeping Cat Designs and apparently the earrings were designed by the owner, Peg. She's selling the earrings ready-made HERE.

I really like the shape of the earrings so I challenged myself to figure out how they were made. I did come up with a method that works but I also changed a few things. The first thing I needed to do was decide the best place to start making the earrings and I decided to start in the center. I recognized the center motif from Sam Wescott's "SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet" so I started from there by making the same motif as Sam's pattern and then gradually added the beads around it.

I decided to leave off the dangle at the bottom and I couldn't make a bicone fit in the center of mine so I used a 3mm druk instead. Again, that's the way that Sam makes her motif so I knew it would work. I don't like leaving empty SuperDuo holes showing on the edges of my beadwork so I adding a seed bead "border" all the way around mine. The result is a bit different than Peg's but still a cute earring.


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Violet Dark Travertin"
  • SuperDuo beads "Umber Copper Picasso"


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Aquamarine Dark Travertin"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Yellow Copper Picasso"


6 comments:

  1. Great Job Linda...really pretty and love the colors! I'm with you on the empty super duo holes. Did they not come out with super unos? Which would work with some patterns at the edges...I guess it depends on how the beads need to be connected for the piece.
    :) Nelly

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    1. I have some SuperUnos but haven't tried them yet. You're right though. You can't necessarily just add them on the edge if the pattern wasn't designed for that. Sometimes the thread path needs to go through that outside hole.

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  2. I love those earrings, you are really good

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  3. Another wonderful version of yours! Thank you for sharing as always!!!

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