Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mini Rondo Earrings - Jet with Gold & Silver


MINI RONDO EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Old Silver"
  • 4mm druks "Jet"
  • 3mm druks "Jet"

My sister-in-law asked me to make these two pairs of earrings for her after she saw the bronze and jet pair that I blogged about HERE. She wanted both pairs to be black but she wanted one pair with silver seed beads and one pair with gold ones. As I've mentioned before, there are no gold SuperDuo beads that match the color of any gold color seed beads. As usual, I had to pick and choose the goldish seed beads from the "Carnival" bead mixture which is a real pain. It makes no sense that nobody makes gold SuperDuos to match the metallic gold seed bead colors. Bronze isn't a problem, and there are silver SuperDuos that are pretty close to some of the seed bead silvers, but no gold.



Below you can see the bronze and jet earrings next to these two new pairs. The gold ones are on the left and the bronze ones are on the right.


The "Mini Rondo Earrings" pattern is for sale HERE on Craftsy and also on Etsy HERE. Read THIS post for more information about making this pattern. I ended up breaking one of my Tulip needles while making one of these earrings. Because of that, I've decided not to weave all the way around the earrings to reinforce them anymore. Instead I take a shortcut across the lower part of the earring and then reinforce only the bottom edge. It's too difficult and risky to attempt to get the needle between the beads around the sides and top part of the earring again.



MINI RONDO EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Amber Gold Full"
  • 4mm druks "Jet"
  • 3mm druks "Jet"



 

3 comments:

  1. I've found my trusty John James curved beading needle, #10, to be very helpful with getting between tight beads, as long as I remember to work WITH the curve, not against it. I can usually tease it between, then out, even with superduos, which seem to have offset holes. You might give these a whirl- they really do come in handy, and if you break one (@ around $5 per pack of 25) it isn't the end of the world, moneywise, like breaking Tulips.

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    1. I didn't know that there was such a thing as a curved needle. I'm so spoiled by my Tulip needles that using a "normal" one would probably drive me batty.

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  2. I began using them on beaded art dolls, because the non-flat surfaces of the dolls are not easy to get to with regular needles. Now, unless I am doing looming or long fringe, it is my go to needle. A boon is that I rarely have beads fall off my needle before I get them in place ;-) Here is my source. No connection with her, and she is on the other side of the country. http://www.miesbeads.com/contents/en-us/d242.html

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