How to Make an Earring with a Beadable Earring Finding with Loops

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this tutorial, see how to bead around a beadable earring finding. These particular findings have 4 loops around the edge that are for perfect securing threads and anchoring beads to. Also see how to make a simple SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS dangle to finish the earring.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com and I want to show you how to make this earring and the technique I'm going to be really focusing on is how to use this earring finding here which has these little loops. How to bead around them, make a decorative edge and then I'm going to show you how to really easily make a dangle to complete the earring so what we're going to be using is again this great earring finding. It has these loops and I've got this one here in gun metal plate with a topaz colored stone but you can actually see that they do come in a variety of shapes and finishes and they're just so pretty. I've got a few Swarovski crystals right here which I'll use to make my dangle I'm using size 11/0 Toho seed beads to go around the edge. I have some wildfire beading thread at .006 in white for this particular project. I've gone ahead and cut about three feet worth and I've gone and I've threaded it onto a size 13 beading needle the tools you'll need for the actual beading around the edge of the earring finding is a thread zapper and a pair of scissors and to make the little dangle I have a pair of flush cutters, wire looping pliers and a chain nose plier. We'll start by actually doing the beading around the edge. I have a little pile here of size 11/0 Toho seed beads and then I've got my thread on needle and I do not have a knot at the end nor do I have a stopper bead if you're familiar with bead weaving so I'm going to take the end that doesn't have the needle and I'm going to place it through a side loop. I'm going to pull it so it's about 8 inches through and then I'm going to tie a simple overhand knot. Make sure that my tail is still about 8 inches long and just pull that down and I'm going to do another knot. I'm going over and under and over and under again and pull that down make sure it stays on the right side of the loop I don't want that with getting caught in there and pull snug. Make sure that you leave that tail and now we're gonna go ahead and I pulled my knot to the back and I'm going to pick up four seed beads with my needle. 1, 2, 3 and 4 and I'm going to go through next loop and repeat that process 1, 2, 3 and 4 go through the next loop. We're going to do this all the way around you can see I'm actually holding the tail just so that it's out of the way 1, 2, 3, 4 so we've now got three sides completed one more to go 1, 2, 3, 4 go up through the loop. So we've made a complete round and now I actually want to go back all the way through the beads again. I'm going to my needle place it through what was the first bead I strung on and all the beads next to it. I'll also through the loop and pull I'll do this all the way until I get to my starting point what I'm doing is I'm reinforcing the seed beads. They'll actually gonna now be a little bit stiffer and they're gonna stay on here better. I am going through the loop again each time as well I don't want two knots on the same side I'm back to my starting point, you can see my little knot under there. So I actually now want to go up through again the first beads I strung on now I'm just going to take my needle go under my threads, pull the needle through I got a nice loop now here, put my needle through my loop and pull. I'm going to do that again go up under my threads and go through my loop and go through it one more time and I'm gonna pull it snug now what I want to do is keep threading through because I wanna be able to pull that knot so that it actually goes into the hole of the bead a little bit just so that it's disguised. I don't want it so obvious the bead slipped over the knot just enough where it's hidden. Just a few more just to hide my tail and now I'm going to take my thread zapper that one is now nice and hidden. I'll take my needle off of my cut thread. You can see I have quite a bit of thread left I probably don't need quite a yard to begin with, I always like to start with more rather than less probably two feet would suffice. So if you're using a size 13 needle like I am I have this wildfire thread. It sometimes helps if you take your nail and flattened the tip makes it going onto the needle a lot more easily so my needle is back thread on here now what I want to go up through my beads again and just pull so that knot again gets hidden a little bit I'm going to take my thread zapper snip off that end and there we've created a beaded edge around that earring finding and now I'm going to show you how to make a super simple dangle to complete the earring set I've a 6mm bicone, gonna put a seed bead, got this great chess board bead, one more seed bead, another bicone and then I'm going to use wire looping plier which is great because of this wonderful concave shape press down so it made a curve I just made a very quick and easy simple wire loop, snip off the excess with my flush cutters and open up that loop a little bit more just slip it on that bottom loop right there close my loop backup and there we go so quick and easy. A great way of making a really pretty pair of earrings in a very easy fashion and these are great they come in various shapes and sizes and metal finishes and you will love them. They're a great addition to your jewelry making tool box. Go to www.beadaholique.com to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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