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Bright Burst Earrings

Designed by Molly Schaller
featuring Bead Gallery Beads from the Halcraft Collection 

Materials:
24 2.5x5mm yellow opaque Czech GB Duo 2-hole pressed glass ovals (15312)
60 2.5x5mm light blue opaque Czech GB Duo 2-hole pressed glass ovals (15304)
4 3mm white opaque Czech glass fire-polished faceted rounds (15572)
48 3mm red opaque Czech glass fire-polished rounds (15583)
2 silver finish ear wires
10’ Wildfire thermal bonded beadweaving thread

Tools:
Needle
Scissors
Chain-nose pliers

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Time: 1-2 hours

Instructions:
1. Cut one 2’ piece of beading thread and thread the needle.
2. String 6 yellow two-holed beads then slide them to about 2” from the end of the thread.
3. Pass the needle through all 6 beads again and pull the thread so that they form a flower shape.
4. Make a surgeon’s knot and cut the short tail.
5. String 1 white 3mm round. Place it in the center of the flower and pass the needle through three of the two-hole beads so that it emerges opposite the hole you entered.
6. String 1 light blue two-hole bead, then pass through the second (outer) hole of the flower you strung. Repeat 5 more times so that there is a light blue bead between each of the yellow “petals” of your flower. Pass through all of these once more.
7. String 2 red rounds and pass through the outer hole of the light blue “petal”. Repeat 5 more times to create the outer loop of the top component of the earring. Pass through all of the beads on this round again. Knot and remove the needle from the thread.
8. To begin your second component, start it as you did with steps 2 though 6, but using 3’ of thread.
9. String 2 light blue two-hole beads and pass through the top (outer) hole of the beads you just strung. Repeat this step 5 more times to add another round of beads. Pass through all the beads again.
10. String 1 3mm red round and pass through the top (outer) hole of the next two-hole bead. Repeat this step 11 more times so there is a 3mm red round between each of the light blue two-hole beads. Pass through this round again.
11. To connect the two components, use your needle and thread from the larger component where it emerges from a red round. Pass the needle through a double red round of the first component. Repeat this twice. Knot and trim the thread.
12. Open and attach an ear wire loop and add it to the top of the smaller component opposite the larger component.
13. Repeat steps 1-12 to create the second earring.


Molly Schaller is a beading designer and craft industry consultant who loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!



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