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

netted bead earrings

Turn beaded beads into earrings, pendants and more. Experiment with bead counts and sizes and create unlimited designs. Just don't forget that pesky "step up" at the end of the even rounds!
Step 1

Cut a 3' [96 cm] piece of weaving thread and flatten the end with chain nose pliers. Pinch the weaving thread between your thumb and forefinger and “needle the thread” by pushing the eye of the needle over the weaving thread.

Step 2

Pick up one 3mm [0.3 cm] rondelle bead and one delica bead 4 times. Pass the needle around and through all of the beads again to form a circle leaving about a 4" [10.16 cm] tail at the end of the thread. Tie the ends in a square knot to pull the circle tight. Sew through the beads so you are exiting a delica bead.

Step 3

Pick up 1 size 11 seed bead, 1 delica bead and 1 size 11 seed bead. Sew through the next delica bead in the circle. Repeat three more times around the circle. After going through the last delica bead, step up through the 1 size 11 seed bead and the delica bead that you first added in this round.

Step 4

Create the third round by picking up one 3mm [0.3 cm] rondelle bead and sewing through the delica bead in the middle of the next cluster in Step 3. Add a 3mm [0.3 cm] rondelle bead in between each of the delica beads in Step 3. Pull tight to cinch up this round.
TIP: Odd rounds do not include a step up!

Step 5

Continue as in Step 3, this time adding 2 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 2 size 11s in between each delica bead from Step 3. When you reach the last delica bead in the round. Step up through the first 2 size 11s and delica bead from this round.
TIP: Always step up at the end of each even round.

Step 6

Continue as in Step 4 by picking up one 4mm [0.4 cm] rondelle and sewing through the delica bead in the middle of the next cluster in Step 5.

Step 7

Continue as in Step 5, this time, add 3 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 3 size 11s. Sew through the first delica bead from Step 5. When you reach the last delica bead in the round, Step up through the first 3 size 11s and delica bead from this round.

Step 8

Add 1 6mm [0.6 cm] bicone bead in between each of the delica beads from Step 7.

Step 9

Add 4 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 4 size 11s between each of the delica beads from Step 7. At the end of the round, step up through the first 4 size 11s and 1 delica bead from the start of the step.

Step 10

Add 1 8mm [0.8 cm] rondelle bead in between each of the delica beads from Step 9.

Step 11

Add 4 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 4 size 11s between each of the delica beads from Step 9.

Step 12

Add 1 6mm [0.6 cm] bicone bead in between each of the delica beads from Step 11. Complete the round by going through the first delica bead and pull the excess thread tight.

Step 13

Add 3 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 3 size 11s. Sew through the first delica bead from Step 11. Step up at the end of the round.

Step 14

Pick up one 4mm [0.4 cm] rondelle and sew through the delica bead in the middle of the next cluster in Step 13.

Step 15

Add 2 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 2 size 11s in between each delica bead from Step 13. Step up at the end of the round.

Step 16

Pick up one 3mm [0.3 cm] rondelle and sew through the delica bead in the middle of the next cluster in Step 15. At the end of the round, sew through the first delica bead and pull tight.

Step 17

Add 1 size 11s, 1 delica bead and 1 size 11s in between each delica bead from Step 15. At the end of the round, step up through the first 11 and 1 delica bead.

Step 18

Add 1 3mm [0.3 cm] rondelle bead in between each delica bead from Step 17. After you sew through the last delica bead, pull the thread tight. Sew though Step 18 again, then pass the needle under the thread and back through the loop to tie a knot between two beads. Trim the ends with scissors.

Step 19

Make the earwire using the 20 gauge German style wire and bail making pliers.

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