Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

bright brick stitch earrings

To make these fun and trendy Bright Brick Stitch Earrings, basic knowledge of the brick stitch is required.
Step 1

Thread a needle on a 36" [91.4 cm] length of braided bead thread.

Step 2

Brick stitch 39 beads around the outside edge of a long, oval ear wire. Leave a tail that is about 6" [15.24 cm] long at the beginning.

Step 3

Turn your work and run your thread back through the beads until you get back to the start. Tie the ends together and add a dab of glue to secure the knot. Trim ends.
TIP: Use image as a guide.

Step 4

Create six bead links with aqua teardrop faceted beads. To do this:

  • Slide a bead onto a headpin.
  • Bend the wire of the headpin in a 90° angle just above the bead.
  • Grasp the headpin wire, about 3/8"-½" [0.3 cm-1.3 cm] from the bend, between the jaws of your round nose pliers.
  • Rotate the pliers toward you, keeping a firm grip on the wire, until a small loop is formed. Trim excess wire.
Step 5

Now, remove a twelve-link section from the chain. Starting on the first link of one end of the chain piece, attach a bead link to the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and twelfth link.
TIP: Carefully open the loop at the top of your bead link, slide around the chain link and close loop.

Step 6

Carefully open the link at the end of the chain, slide it onto the bottom loop at the top of your ear wire, then close the link so they dangle inside the opening of your ear wire.
TIP: To open and close the link, simply grasp it on both sides with chain nose pliers and twist open, from side-to-side. Never pull it which can cause distortion.

Step 7

Carefully open the loop at the bottom of your fishhook ear wire, slide it onto the loop at the top of your large oval ear wire and close the loop.

Step 8

Repeat Steps 1-7 for a second earring.

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