Retired - Boho Bee Earrings

PROJECT E6001
Designer: Suki Song
Skill Level: Advanced
This adorable pair of bohemian earrings feature two individually bead-embroidered turquoise cabochons connected with a bee make for an effortlessly chic look.
Instructions
By following the instructions below you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring.
  1. Begin by gluing one turquoise cabochon to Lacy's Stiff Stuff using E6000. For instruction, please watch our video: How to Glue a Cabochon onto Lacy's Stiff Stuff for Bead Embroidery. Cut around the cabochon so that you have a workable surface all around. I like to give myself about a 2"x2" square.
  2. Cut a piece of Nymo thread about 3 feet. Using the gold 11/0 seed beads, do a backstitch row around the cabochon. Tie in your thread.
  3. Cut another piece of Nymo thread about 3 feet. Now using the 15/0 red seed beads, you are going to create a bezel row.Tie in your thread.
  4. Now you will need to trim the foundation and add the purple ultra suede backing. Use Crafter's Pick glue.
  5. Using the 11/0 blue seed beads, you will create a beaded edge all the way around the cabochon. As you are going around and meeting where you've started, attach one closed jump ring into the centered thread bridge. Go back through the loop a few times for security, then tie in your thread.
  6. You will repeat steps 1-3 for the second cabochon. This time, instead of creating a beaded edge, cut another piece of Nymo thread about 3 feet. This will be an alternating row- pick up one 11/0 gold bead, and one 11/0 blue bead and embroider those two at a time. Once you've completed this row, tie in your thread.
  7. Cut another piece of Nymo thread about 3 feet. Now using the 11/0 gold seed beads, create one more row all the way around. Tie in your thread.
  8. Repeat step 4.
  9. Repeat step 5 to create your bezel row and attach your closed jump ring.
  10. Now you will need to create the center part of your earring. Take one gold eyepin, and string on one blue bead, one gold bead, and then one blue bead. String on the bee, and then one blue bead, one gold bead, and one blue bead. Create a loop on the end of your eyepin.
  11. Open the loop on the top of your eyepin as you would a jump ring, and attach it to the closed jump ring of the smaller cabochon. Close the loop to secure the piece.
  12. Repeat the previous step, but with the bottom loop on the eyepin and with the larger cabochon.
  13. Flip the earring over, use E6000 to glue on the earring post to the top center of the smaller beaded cabochon. Please see photo for reference.
  14. Add your earring back, and you are finished!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • SPCB-2036 - Chinese Turquoise Dyed Howlite Gemstone Round Flat-Back Cabochons 18mm (2)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • JSK-0322 - Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 8DF Transparent Frosted Cobalt 8g
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1017 - Bullet Clutch Earring Backs, Hypo Allergenic with Pad 7x11mm, 50 Pieces, Gold Tone
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • JSO-0204 - Toho Round Seed Beads 15/0 25C 'Silver Lined Ruby' 8 Gram Tube
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • JSK-0277 - Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 PF557 'Galvanized Starlight' 8g
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • FHP-6250 - 22K Gold Plated Open Eye Pins 21 Gauge 1 Inch (x50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-3580 - TierraCast 22K Gold Plated Pewter Honey Bee Beads 9.5mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1618 - 22K Gold Plated Flat 4mm Glue On Earring Posts (20)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-4012 - 22K Gold Plated Closed Jump Rings 5mm 19 Gauge (20)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4210 - Lacy's Stiff Stuff Beading Foundation for Cabochons 4.25 X 5.5 Inches
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4382 - Beadsmith Ultra Suede For Beading Foundation And Cabochon Work 8.5x4.25 Inches - Violine
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-1054 - E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

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

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Additional Information
Theme Boho
Ingredients SPCB-2036, JSK-0322, FEA-1017, JSO-0204, JSK-0277, FHP-6250, BMB-3580, FEA-1618, FJR-4012, XCR-4210, XCR-4382, XTL-1054, XTL-1026,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 #8DF Transparent Frosted Cobalt 8g
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$1.00 / Package | SKU: JSK-0322
Bullet Clutch Earring Backs, Hypo Allergenic with Pad 7x11mm, 50 Pieces, Gold Tone
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$1.00 / Package | SKU: FEA-1017
Toho Round Seed Beads 15/0 25C 'Silver Lined Ruby' 8 Gram Tube
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$3.15 / Package | SKU: JSO-0204
Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 #PF557 'Galvanized Starlight' 8g
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: JSK-0277
22K Gold Plated Open Eye Pins 21 Gauge 1 Inch (x50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$4.35 / Package | SKU: FHP-6250
TierraCast 22K Gold Plated Pewter Honey Bee Beads 9.5mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$2.35 / Package | SKU: BMB-3580
22K Gold Plated Flat 4mm Glue On Earring Posts (20)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 20 Pieces.
$1.00 / Package | SKU: FEA-1618
22K Gold Plated Closed Jump Rings 5mm 19 Gauge (20)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 20 Pieces.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: FJR-4012
Lacy's Stiff Stuff Beading Foundation for Cabochons 4.25 X 5.5 Inches
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$2.75 / Package | SKU: XCR-4210
Beadsmith Ultra Suede For Beading Foundation And Cabochon Work 8.5x4.25 Inches - Violine
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$4.99 / Package | SKU: XCR-4382
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-1054
Crafter's Pick The Ultimate Permanent Glue Cement Adhesive 4 OZ
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 oz..
$5.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-1026
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514
Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$6.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)

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