Retired - Stroke of Midnight Earrings

PROJECT E655
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Like a brilliant star in the midnight sky, these earrings radiate brilliance and light. The center is beautiful jet black Swarovski crystal bead and it is surrounded by rows of sparkling silver lined seed beads.
Instructions
Remember to double the instructions below to make your matched pair of earrings.
  1. Thread 3 feet of wildfire beading thread onto a size 10 needle. Now please view the video: How to do Circular Brick Stitch Bead Weaving Around a Bead.
  2. Following what you learned in the video, do circular brick stitch bead weaving around a 12mm Swarovski crystal round bead in jet black. Create the first two rows in Czech glass seed beads size 8/0 silver lined black diamond. Now Create 2 rows in Toho seed beads size 11/0 silver lined crystal.
  3. Next, please watch the video: How to Add a Decorative Beaded Edge to Bead Weaving. Following what you learned in the video, add a decorative edge to the above beaded round. Make the edge so that for each "picot" you string 1 Toho 11/0 seed bead in silver lined crystal, 1 Czech 8/0 seed bead silver lined black diamond, and then another Toho. Bead all the way around your outer edge until you end up back where you started. Tie off your thread.
  4. Pick up one of your black finish niobium unfinished ear hooks and place onto the post: 1 Toho seed bead size 11/0 silver lined crystal and 1 Czech glass seed bead size 8/0 silver lined black diamond. Create a simple wire loop after the last bead to complete the earring hook. Make sure this loop is facing side to side when you hold the earring hook in front of you (see photo). If there is any extra wire that needs to be cut off, do so at this time.
  5. Open the simple wire loop you just made (the same way you would open a jump ring) and thread it through one of the size 8/0 black diamond seed beads along the outer edge of your beaded focal. Close the loop back up.
  6. All done!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • BCS-8219 - Czech Seed Beads 8/0 Silver Lined Black Diamond (1 Ounce)
    Project uses 98 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1550 - TierraCast Black Finish Niobium Unfinished Earring Hook 20 Gauge (2 Pairs)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • JSK-0011 - Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 21 'Silver Lined Crystal' 8 Gram Tube
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • SWC-0215 - Swarovski Crystal, 5000 Round Beads 12mm, 2 Pieces, Jet
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-8936 - Wildfire Thermal Bonded Beading Thread .008 Inch - Black- 50 Yd
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-3004 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Assortment So Handy
  • XTL-0106 - BeadSmith Cordless Thread Zap II Thread Burner Tool
  • XTL-5032 - Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Additional Information
Theme New Years
Ingredients BCS-8219, FEA-1550, JSK-0011, SWC-0215, XCR-8936,

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.
Czech Seed Beads 8/0 Silver Lined Black Diamond (1 Ounce)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 oz..
$2.79 / Package | SKU: BCS-8219
TierraCast Black Finish Niobium Unfinished Earring Hook 20 Gauge (2 Pairs)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pairs.
$2.24 / Package | SKU: FEA-1550
Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 #21 'Silver Lined Crystal' 8 Gram Tube
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$2.49 / Package | SKU: JSK-0011
Wildfire Thermal Bonded Beading Thread .008 Inch - Black- 50 Yd
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$10.59 / Package | SKU: XCR-8936

Tools and Other Supplies:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$6.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
English Beading Needles Assorted Variety Pack
$2.85 / Package | SKU: XTL-3004
BeadSmith Cordless Thread Zap II Thread Burner Tool
$13.99 / Package | SKU: XTL-0106
Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
$12.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5032
Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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