Saturday, September 27, 2014

Video Tutorial - Nunzia's "Earrings Number One"

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (11-461)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Copper Picasso" *

I just finished making a sample earring while watching Nunzia Scalpore's latest YouTube video tutorial. You can watch the video HERE. When I came across the video last night I thought her design might have the potential for a cute pair of earrings if made with the right colors. I wasn't keen on any of Nunzia's color choices but the design looked interesting and very different from anything I've seen before. I think they have a very Art Nouveau look, which I love.

I didn't put a lot of thought into my bead colors for this sample. I already had those SuperDuo beads out so grabbed two metallic seed bead colors that both went well with them. I thought that the pewter seed beads might complement the somewhat coppery color of the chocolate beads. I think the color combo works but I'll play around with other color combinations after I get the tutorial written down.

I made one tweak already far in this sample. I popped out the center seed bead at the very bottom of the earring. Otherwise those five beads looked a little messy. I can see that something needs to be done with some of the interior seed beads too to get them looking a bit neater. One other thing that I will definitely do is put an 8/0 seed bead at the very top instead of an 11/0 so that I can put a jump ring through it. For this sample I used two jump rings like Nunzia did on hers but I don't like how the earring tends to spin around.

I think it might just be due to the SuperDuo beads that I chose for my sample because the "flower" is puffing out in the center. I can see in the video that Nunzia's SuperDuos are a longer thin shape than the shorter fat ones I used but I kind of like the dimensional look of the puffy flower. I think it adds character to the earring.

Before I go back and watch the video again to take notes, I want to mention that you should use fine thread such as FireLine or Nymo B if you make these earrings. There are some beads that you need to go through several times and I had to cheat and take a couple of shortcuts across the back of my sample just to finish it. The Nymo D thread I used was too thick.

OK, I'm off to get the tutorial written down so that I can play around with it some more...

* You probably won't be able to find this color anywhere but "Chalk Lazure Blue" is a pretty good substitute. These are similar but quite a bit darker than "Chalk Lazure Blue".


  1. Gorgeous earrings! So glad you found the pattern! Looking forward to your written version.

    1. I've been playing with the pattern and I've come up with a version that I like even better. I won't be able to post a tutorial because this is Nunzia's creation. I will post the steps that I tweaked though.

  2. hola me gustaria que estubiera tanbien en patrones gracias