Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Russian Leaf Earrings - Moody Blue & Red

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Dyed Opaque Moody Blue" (DB2129)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Dyed Opaque Jujube" (DB2119)

I tried two slightly different versions of this design. After making a complete pair with the second version, I've decided that I prefer the first version. Oh well. It's easy enough to take them apart and re-make them. Below you can see the two versions side-by-side:

The first version is on the left. In the second version, I moved the top two "rays" up sightly higher on the earring. Now I think that doing so leaves too much blank space between the bottom motif and the rays. Below is the color chart that I used and it's for the first version.

Click HERE to watch Jill Wiseman's "Russian Leaf Earrings" video tutorial. 

You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Baubles & Beads.


  1. These are gorgeous :) One thing you may want to try is to use 15/0 seed beads where you've got your silver beads. I always use 15/0s as I prefer the look of the tiny beads there instead of Delicas. It might be worth giving it a try to see if you like the way they look?

    1. Thanks for the idea, Janine. I'll give that a try sometime.