Key West Soutache Earrings

PROJECT E1076
Designer: Megan Milliken
Skill Level: Advanced
Fresh and chic, the resort ready Key West Earrings are the perfect accessory for summer. To create these earrings you will learn how to do Soutache Bead Embroidery, a very old and lovely art form.
Instructions
By following the instructions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring. Soutache bead embroidery is really one of those techniques that is best learned visually. Because of this, we have created a series of videos to show you how to do this technique from the very first step to the finishing touches.
  1. To make this pair of earrings, please follow the instructions in the following videos. Switch out the materials listed in this project for those used in the videos using the photographs for color placement reference.
  2. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 1 How to Make a Shaping Stitch
  3. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 2 How to Create a 2-Sided Join
  4. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 3 How to Add a Side Bead and End a Stack
  5. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 4 How to Make a Bead Bridge and Attach a Jump Ring
  6. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 5 How to Add a Backing
  7. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 6 How to Add a Simple Beaded Edge
  8. How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 7 How to Finish a Soutache Pair of Earrings
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • FHP-5215 - 22K Gold Plated Head Pins - 22 Gauge/1.5 Inches (50)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-4025 - 22K Gold Plated Closed Jump Rings 5mm 20 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWP-6049 - Swarovski Crystal, 5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 6mm, 50 Pieces, Pink Coral
    Project uses 6 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWP-4045 - Swarovski Crystal, 5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 4mm, 50 Pieces, Ivory
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • JSK-0148 - Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 995 'Gold Lined Rainbow Aqua' 8 Gram Tube
    Project uses 60 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • JSH-0086 - Toho Round Seed Beads 8/0 262 'Crystal/Gold Lined' 8 Gram Tube
    Project uses 8 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-0301 - BeadSmith Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Linen White (3 Yard Card)
    Project uses 12 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-0316 - BeadSmith Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Aqua Blue (3 Yard Card)
    Project uses 12 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-0342 - BeadSmith Textured Metallic Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Matte Gold /3 Yards
    Project uses 12 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-8903 - NYMO Nylon Beading Thread Size D for Delica Beads Grey 64YD (58 Meters)
    Project uses 120 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4214 - Beadsmith Ultra Suede For Beading Foundation And Cabochon Work 8.5x8.5 Inches - Chamois
    Project uses 2 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-4030 - Bali Style 1 Ball Gold Plated Earring Hooks (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-1026 - Crafter's Pick The Ultimate Permanent Glue Cement Adhesive 4 OZ
    Project uses 1 bottle. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5032 - Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
Additional Information
Ingredients FHP-5215, FJR-4016, SWP-6049, SWP-4045, JSK-0148, JSH-0086, XCR-0301, XCR-0316, XCR-0342, XCR-8903, XCR-4214, FEA-4030, XTL-1026,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
22K Gold Plated Head Pins - 22 Gauge/1.5 Inches (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$3.14 / Package | SKU: FHP-5215
22K Gold Plated Closed Jump Rings 5mm 21 Gauge (20)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 20 Pieces.
$2.17 / Package | SKU: FJR-4016
Swarovski Crystal, #5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 6mm, 50 Pieces, Pink Coral
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$5.99 / Package | SKU: SWP-6049
Swarovski Crystal, #5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 4mm, 50 Pieces, Ivory
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$4.29 / Package | SKU: SWP-4045
Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 995 'Gold Lined Rainbow Aqua' 8 Gram Tube
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$2.00 / Package | SKU: JSK-0148
Toho Round Seed Beads 8/0 262 'Crystal/Gold Lined' 8 Gram Tube
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$1.79 / Package | SKU: JSH-0086
BeadSmith Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Linen White (3 Yard Card)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Card.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: XCR-0301
BeadSmith Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Aqua Blue (3 Yard Card)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Card.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: XCR-0316
BeadSmith Textured Metallic Soutache Braided Cord 3mm Wide - Matte Gold /3 Yards
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Card.
$2.64 / Package | SKU: XCR-0342
NYMO Nylon Beading Thread Size D for Delica Beads
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bobbin.
$1.99 / Package | SKU: XCR-8903
Beadsmith Ultra Suede For Beading Foundation And Cabochon Work 8.5x8.5 Inches - Chamois
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$8.25 / Package | SKU: XCR-4214
Bali Style 1 Ball Gold Plated Earring Hooks 21mm with 1.5mm Ball (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$10.19 / Package | SKU: FEA-4030
Crafter's Pick The Ultimate Permanent Glue Cement Adhesive 4 OZ
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 oz..
$5.75 / Package | SKU: XTL-1026

Tools and Other Supplies:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$6.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
$12.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5032

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