|PEYOTE FAN EARRINGS|
- 15/0 seed beads Toho "Permanent Finish Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
- 11/0 seed beads Toho "Permanent Finish Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
- 8/0 seed beads Toho "Permanent Finish Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
- 8/0 seed beads Toho "Inside-Color Rainbow Light Topaz/Sea Foam Lined" (952)
- 4mm bicones "Sea Foam AB" (Walmart - no longer available)
I had a heck of a time getting a nice photo of these earrings because I'm not used to taking photos of such bright beads. I tried a lot of different backgrounds but naturally the pictures came out the best on my "usual" background paper.
I thought I'd try this new metallic seed bead color and see how I like them. The color isn't new, it's just not a color that I've used before. I most likely won't wear this color myself but I could use them to make gifts. One issue that I ran into was that I don't have many other kinds of beads in colors that are bright and colorful enough to go well with this bright gold. It's so bright that it makes everything else look dull and drab in comparison. These sea foam seed beads and bicones seem to go quite well with the gold though. Unfortunately, I don't know where to find the sea foam bicones any longer. I used to buy them at Walmart and I've never seen them anywhere else. They're Chinese and sold by Cousins. I just did a quick search online and Swarovski's "Pacific Opal" would probably be a good color match. The main difference is that the Chinese ones have metallic gold highlights on them.
I wasn't sure what color thread to use to make these earrings. I made my first test sample with regular black Nymo D thread but it looked too dark between the beads. It's also not a good idea to use such thick thread to make this pattern. The obvious choice seemed to be some gold KO brand thread. It did give the earrings a nice clean look because the thread is nearly the same color as the beads. However, I found that it shows too much when the light shines through the gaps between the larger beads. That really bugged me so next I tried using smoke color 4-pound FireLine and it worked perfectly. Because it's so fine it's nearly invisible between the beads. It really doesn't show much between the beads like the gold thread does because the dark gray color blends with whatever is showing through the gaps in the background behind the earrings. As a bonus, I was able to add all of the rows of beads without taking any shortcuts. I could easily get my size 12 Tulip needle through the 15/0 beads as many times as I needed to. Also, unlike 6-pound FireLine which tends to tangle into horrible knots every few minutes, 4-pound FireLine is a dream to work with. Don't ask me why, but it almost never tangles.
You can download my free "Peyote Fan Earrings" pattern from THIS post.