Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Playing with my beads...Peyote Stitch Earring Samples
The sun came out for a while on Monday so I quickly snapped some photos of some of the earrings I've been working on. Some of the colors in the photo above aren't quite right but the light wasn't all that great. In any case, you can see that I have quite a nice collection of Delica bead colors to play with now and I've been having a blast trying lots of colorways. I also ordered eight more colors which should get here in a few days. Click on the photo above to see it full size.
I called these "samples" but they're all completely finished earrings. All I need to do is make the companion earring for any of the ones I decide to keep for myself or give to someone.
I'm not going to post the supply lists today. I will do that as I post the complete pairs that I make. Either that or I will blog about each of the earring designs separately and will post the bead info at that time.
I will tell you where you can find each of the tutorials that I used to make the "Russian Leaf", "3D Peyote Triangle", "3D Peyote Square" and the solid "Peyote Triangle".
The "Russian Leaf" is from Jill Wiseman's video tutorial which you can watch HERE. Download her free PDF tutorial that accompanies the video HERE.
Watch Kelly Dale's "3D Peyote Square" video HERE.
Watch Kelly's "3D Peyote Triangle" video HERE.
Lastly, I made the solid triangle earrings after watching Sara Spoltore's video tutorial HERE.
Although I'm not all that keen on the square/diamond shaped earring, I love all three of the other designs very much. I'm also having fun coming up with ways to tweak and embellish them. For example, after trying Sara's tiny triangle, I went ahead and made some larger earrings by simply adding more rows. They're a cute size and just big enough that I was able to add some little "flowers". I've also added a similar flower to some of the leaf earrings.
If you look closely, you'll see that I used a variety of methods for attaching the earring wires. After many experiments, I've pretty much decided that I like just using an 8/0 seed bead at the top to attach a jump ring better than a seed bead loop.
So, why not have some fun with Peyote Stitch and Delica beads? It's very relaxing and fun! Please let me know if you have come across any other earring patterns made with Peyote Stitch and Delica beads. I'm not interested in the type of patterns that are made with needlepoint-type charts to create pictures. I enjoy making 3-dimensional shapes such as the ones I'm showing you today.
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