In this tutorial you will learn how to make circular earrings using netting technique very similar to the one used to make the netted bracelet described in my previous article. The basic rule is exactly the same: you create a beaded net by pushing the needle through single beads from the previous row at regular intervals. The only difference is that, in this case, the motion is circular and the number of beads increases with each added row. What’s great about netting is that it’s not as restrictive as other beading techniques; you get much more freedom when it comes to the number of beads in each row, the patterns you create and the size of the gaps between different elements. Feel free to treat this tutorial as a set of guidelines rather than a step by step instruction.
You will be glad to hear that it only takes about 20 minutes to make one earring. Now, to put it into perspective, that’s as long as it takes me to choose earrings that match my outfit every morning. If you have the same problem, why don’t you just use this time to custom-make earrings which will match what you’re wearing better than any other piece of jewellery you own?!
1. Cut a length of thread you’re comfortable working with (it doesn’t have to be very long) and thread the needle.
2. String 12 beads of the same colour onto the thread and push them all down to a few centimetres from the end of the thread.
3. Push the needle up through all the beads again starting from the first one.
4. Pull the thread to make a loop.
5. Tie the two thread ends together.
6. Bring the needle through the closest bead.
7. Slide three beads of a different colour onto the thread.
8. Skip one bead and push the needle through the next bead along.
9. Repeat step 8 until you’ve made a full circle.
10. Go up through the closest two beads from the newly added row.
11. String two beads of colour A, one of color B and then again two beads A.
12. Push the needle through the most protruding bead from the row below.
13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 until you’ve reached the end of the row.
14. Go through the beads in front of the needle so that you come out through the uppermost bead.
15. Put three beads B, one bead A and three beads B onto the needle.
16. Push the needle through the most protruding bead from the row below.
17. Repeat steps 15 and 16 until you’ve made a full circle.
18. Push the needle up again so that it comes out through the bead in the middle.
19. String four beads B, one A and four beads B and slide the needle through bead A from the row below.
20. Go around the earring repeating step 19.
21. Go through two beads in front of the needle.
22. Slip 3 beads A, one B and three beads A down the thread.
23. Skip five beads underneath and push the needle through the sixth one.
24. Add two beads A, one B and two beads B.
25. Skip three beads underneath and go through the fourth one.
26. Repeat steps 22-25 to complete this row and come out through bead B.
27. String 6 beads B and push the needle through bead B from the row below.
28. Repeat step 27 until you’ve reached the end of the row.
29. Make a knot at the base of the nearest bead.
30. Go through three beads in front of the needle.
31. Put four beads onto the needle and push it forward through four beads.
32. Secure the thread with a knot.
33. Weave the thread through a couple of beads in any direction to bury the knot and cut the thread end as close to the beads as possible.
34. Repeat steps 32 and 33 to secure the other thread end.
35. Attach an earring hook to the loop at the top.
1. Follow steps 1 - 20
2. Push the needle through bead A.
3. String three beads A and go back through the one below.
4. Bring the needle through the side of the earring to reach the next bead A.
5. Go around the earring repeating steps 3 and 4.
6. Slide the needle through the uppermost bead A.
7. Make a loop by stringing 4 beads B and going back through bead A.
8. Secure the thread with a knot.
9. Weave the thread through several beads to bury the knot and cut the thread end as close to the beads as possible.
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the other thread end.
11. Attach an earring hook to the loop.
I have only described two options out of a gazillion possibilities. You can mix and match both options, you can add more or less beads than I did, you can use different colours or replace some seed beads with bugle beads. The good news is that whatever you do, it’s bound to look amazing! You might find it hard to believe right now but there is a way to make these earrings look even better. If you want to know how, stay tuned and read my next article on how to make bead-netted hoop earrings.
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