Tuesday, November 29, 2016

YouTube beading tutorial - Pendientes Gota con Superduo

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Matte"
  • O-Beads "Jet Full Chrome"

During my weekly search for new beading videos last Friday, I came across THIS Spanish tutorial. The translation is "Drop Earrings with SuperDuos". The earrings are a little larger than I usually wear but I think they're very different and pretty. I should have been working on Christmas projects but my thought was that these might make a lovely gift for someone.

I took notes while watching the video but got a little confused near the end when she made the top component. I got the impression that one or more of the steps were skipped or mentioned so quickly in Spanish that I didn't catch them. I made a sample earring and thought I'd done everything as she instructed. However, I watched the video once more after making these and realized that I hadn't done the top section quite right. It looks fine but it's not quite the same as the ones in the video.

Here is my sample earring:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Green Turquoise Dark Travertine"
  • O-Beads "Metallic Mix"

Since it was my first experiment, I didn't worry about reinforcing the stitching. As a result, the earring is much too soft and doesn't hold its shape well. When I made the black pair, I used 6lb. FireLine and reinforced each step and pulled the beads nice and snug. The earrings are very stable and the bottom components hold their shape well. You'll need about 2 yards of thread per earring.

Other than my mistake with the top component, I only changed one other detail. It's the connection between the motifs. In the video, she doubles the connection for a 3D look. I tried that but didn't like how it looked. Besides, doing it her way means having to go through the 15/0 seed bead in the center of the "X" way too many times which could potentially cause problems.

When I have a chance, I'm going to try making some earrings using only the bottom component. I'm also thinking of combining two SuperDuo colors and see how that looks.



  1. Lovely! This is pretty long earring, I think I'll do only the bottom component.

    1. Yes, it is long. That's why I used such a short earring hook. I don't mind how it looks, but the earring swinging against my neck takes getting used to.

    2. I don't have a picture to show but I made the earrings with Mini duos. They worked out great and are a bit smaller.

    3. That's good to know about the MiniDuos.

  2. Ik vind ze mooi en ga ze proberen te maken bedankt voor de tips


    1. Graag gedaan. Ik hoop dat je geniet van het maken van deze oorbellen, Annemarie.

  3. Hi there how many gram packets do you need to make these earings they are beautiful

    1. I have no idea how many grams but I needed 124 SuperDuos.