|BELLE OF THE BALL EARRINGS|
I made these two samples yesterday with the free "Belle of the Ball Earrings" tutorial that you can find HERE. I made the earring on the right following the tutorial as closely as I could. I don't have any Swarovski 6mm bicones or 3mm Swarovski pearls so I had to use what I had on hand. I'm sure that using Chinese bicones and Czech pearls affected my outcome a little but at least I was able to see how the pattern works as written.
I thought that the earrings would look much nicer with metallic seed beads than with transparent beads and I was right. I love the cute shape but I'm not keen on the bicones. I think they look a little awkward and angular. So, I made my next sample using druks. I like that sample much better but it still needs a little tweaking. I used Miyuki seed beads for that one and while they do look neater, the number of beads needs to be adjusted to fit better around the druks.
One thing that I'd like to change is that 6mm druk at the top of the earring. I think it's too big. My plan is to replace that one with another 4mm druk like the two in the lower part of the earring. I also want to try making the earrings with fire polished beads and see how they look.
These are the beads that I used in the samples:
- 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
- 3mm druks "Opaque Green Luster"
- 4mm druks "Opaque Green Luster"
- 6mm druks "Opaque Green Luster"
- 15/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
- 3mm Czech pearls "Old Lace"
- 4mm bicones "Amethyst" (Chinese)
- 6mm bicones "Amethyst" (Chinese)