Apantesis diy Earrings

DESIGNED BY Molly Schaller
FEATURING BEAD GALLERY® BEADS BY HALCRAFT COLLECTION 

The Apantesis Necklace is part of our monthly Pretty Palettes design challenge. Click to learn how you can play along!

Materials:
10 pastel pink coated Chinese 6/0 E beads (16667)
10 gold coated Chinese 6/0 E beads (16666)
10 orange opaque Chinese 6/0 E beads (16652)
10 red opaque Chinese 6/0 E beads (16648)
6 black opaque Chinese 6/0 E beads (16655)
6 ivory white opaque Chinese 6/0 E beads (16657)
48 black opaque 11/0 Czech seed beads (16443)
2 8mm Costa Rican rosewood rounds (13374)
6 6x24mm Costa Rican rosewood 2-hole spacers (13395)
12” 22-gauge gold colored German wire (180A-022)
10 2” antique gold ball pins
2 gold tone ear wires

Tools:
Wire nippers
Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Instructions:

1. Onto a ball pin, slide a pink, gold, and red E bead. Make a simple loop. Repeat to create two 3-bead drops.

2. Onto a ball pin, slide a pink, gold, black, red, and ivory E bead. Make a simple loop. Repeat to create two 5-bead drops.

3. Onto a ball pin, slide a pink, black, red, orange, and ivory E bead. Make a simple loop to create a 6-bead drop.

4. Cut a 6” piece of 22-gauge wire.

5. String 1 3-bead drop, 2 11/0 beads, 1 5-bead drop, 2 11/0 beads, 1 6-bead drop, 2 11/0 beads, 1 5-bead drop, 2 11/0 beads, and 1 3-bead drop.

6. Move beads and drops to the center of the wire. Make a 90-degree bend in the wire on either side of the beads so that the wire is U-shaped.

7. Slide a rosewood spacer onto both wires so that the beads cozy up to the bottom of the spacer.

8. Slide one orange E bead onto each of the wires. Slide one rosewood spacer onto both wires. Repeat.

9. String 8 11/0 beads onto each wire.

10. Bend the wires toward one another so that they cross. Wrap one wire 2 times around the other and trim the wrapped wire so that one long wire emerges.

11. String 1 rosewood round and make a wrapped loop. Trim excess wire.

12. Open the loop of an ear wire and slide the earring onto the loop.

13. Repeat steps 1-12 to create a second earring. 

Molly Schaller is a crafts industry consultant, jewelry designer, and communications specialist. She loves how crafts weave one's heart, hands, and mind into one beautiful experience and is always on the lookout for a new crafting hobby.