I saw this free tutorial on a Russian beading tutorial site HERE and thought they were worth a try. It was hard to judge the size of them from the photo and I was hoping they weren't too huge. They are a bit large but not outrageously so. I did run into a problem though. I made the sample on the left in the above photo first and really liked the shape of it. The earring curls inward at the bottom and on the sides, which I like. Although the earrings in the photo on the tutorial site look a lot flatter, I thought maybe this was how they turn out if made with metallic seed beads. So, I made the sample on the right using slightly different beads and you can see that it's much different than the first earring. No matter what I did, I couldn't make the beads curl in the same way and it looks like it has wings. I don't like that one at all. I do, however, like the way that I made the loop for the earrings wire at the top of that one.
|ORIGINAL EARRINGS FROM TUTORIAL SITE|
In the end, I still think they're a little too big and I think they'd drive me nuts banging against the side of my neck. They are kind of cool-looking though so give them a try and maybe you'll like them more than I do.
The earrings below are the ones that turned out the way that I like. If they weren't so big, I'd make a pair like these for myself.
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
- 4mm rondelles "Smoky Quartz - #C24" (Beads One)
- SuperDuo beads "Opaque Green Senegal Matte"
- SuperDuo beads "Opaque Grey Travertin"
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Bronze" (457)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Bronze" (457)
- 4mm rondelles "Champagne AB - #C26 AB" (Beads One)
- SuperDuo beads "Opaque Green Luster Iris"
- SuperDuo beads "Opaque Olive Copper Picasso"
The earring on the left above is the one with the wide "wings". The one on the right has one less seed bead on each side and the wings don't stick out quite as far. These still didn't curl under as much as the other pair because of the glossy SuperDuos and the fatter seed beads.