Retired - Thunderbird Flight Earrings

PROJECT E2244
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Intermediate
This pair of statement earrings feature a brick stitch diamond shape focal and copper findings from TierraCast's Western Winds Collection.
Instructions
By following the instructions below you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring.
  1. Cut off 6 inches of copper wire. On to one end, make a wrapped wire loop. String on one hexagon bead, one turquoise crystal and one hexagon bead. Make another wrapped wire loop but before closing the wrap slip on the loop of one earring post. Trim any excess wire. Set aside.
  2. Then cut off 6 inches of copper wire. On to one end, make a wrapped wire loop. String on one hexagon bead, one turquoise crystal and one hexagon bead. Make another wrapped wire loop but before closing the wrap slip on the loop of one charm. Trim any excess wire. Set aside.
  3. Begin the bead weaving by cutting off about 6 feet of thread and making a strip of ladder stitch, 15 beads wide. Follow the longest, center row of the bead pattern.
  4. Working off one side of your ladder stitch, continue in brick stitch. Follow along with the photo of the pattern. Allow the brick stitch to do it's natural decrease each row, not adding any increases. Continue until your last row, which has two beads.
  5. When you get to the top, you will string on one seed bead, go through the wrapped wire loop on the bottom on the opposite side of the earring post and add one more seed bead. Thread your needle back down through the next bead. Repeat this loop again to secure the loop into place. Then run the needle down through the side of the triangle, through the light blue beads.
  6. Make sure the thread is coming out the final bead on the end. Then you are ready to continue the pattern to complete the diamond shape.
  7. When you get to the bottom, you will string on one seed bead, go through the wrapped wire loop on the top on the opposite side of the charm and add one more seed bead. Thread your needle back through the next bead, Repeat this loop again to secure the loop into place.
  8. Tie off and weave in your thread. And you're all done.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • DB-755 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Gram Tube, 755 Matte Opaque Light Blue
    Project uses 1 Tube. You will need 1 package.

  • DB-377 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Grams, Matte Metallic Dark Gray Blue DB377
    Project uses 1 Tube. You will need 1 package.

  • DB-037 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Grams, Copper Lined Crystal DB037
    Project uses 1 Tube. You will need 1 package.

  • DB-351 - Miyuki Delica 11/0 Seed Bead Matte White Db351 (6.6 Gram Tube)
    Project uses 1 Tube. You will need 1 package.

  • PNT-001 - TierraCast Pewter Charm, Thunderbird 19mm, 1 Piece, Antiqued Copper Plated
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • SWBI-1438 - Swarovski Crystal, 5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Turquoise
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-3222 - TierraCast Copper Plated Pewter Hexagon Spacer Beads 3.8mm (50)
    Project uses 8 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • WNT-2434 - Beadsmith Tarnish Resistant Bright Copper Wire 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
    Project uses 12 Inches. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1502 - TierraCast Copper Plated Pewter Stud Earrings Dome Post & Ring 8mm
    Project uses 1 Pair. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-1016 - Bullet Clutch Earring Backs, Hypo Allergenic with Pad 7x12mm, 50 Pcs, Silver
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-1280 - FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Crystal Clear
    Project uses 12 Feet. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
  • XTL-5032 - Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
  • XTL-5600 - Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
  • XTL-5614 - BeadSmith Tools, Thread Snips 4.25 Inches Long, 1 Piece
Additional Information
Theme USA/Patriotic
Ingredients DB-755, DB-377, DB-037, DB-351, PNT-001, SWBI-1438, BMB-3222, WNT-2434, FEA-1502, FEA-1016, XCR-1280,

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.
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Gram Tube, #755 Matte Opaque Light Blue
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 7.2 Gram Tube.
$4.04 / Package | SKU: DB-755
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Grams, Matte Metallic Dark Gray Blue DB377
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 7.2 gms tube.
$6.34 / Package | SKU: DB-377
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Grams, Copper Lined Crystal DB037
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 7.2 gms tube.
$6.49 / Package | SKU: DB-037
Miyuki Delica 11/0 Seed Bead
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 6.6 grams tube.
$4.69 / Package | SKU: DB-351
TierraCast Pewter Charm, Thunderbird 19mm, 1 Piece, Antiqued Copper Plated
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.19 / Package | SKU: PNT-001
Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Turquoise
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 24 Pieces.
$2.24 / Package | SKU: SWBI-1438
Wire Elements, Tarnish Resistant Bright Copper Wire, 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$4.49 / Package | SKU: WNT-2434
TierraCast Copper Plated Pewter Stud Earrings Dome Post & Ring 8mm
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Pair.
$2.29 / Package | SKU: FEA-1502
Bullet Clutch Earring Backs, Hypo Allergenic with Pad 7x12mm, 50 Pcs, Silver
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$1.69 / Package | SKU: FEA-1016
FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Crystal Clear
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$3.97 / Package | SKU: XCR-1280
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Beadsmith Wire Looping Pliers - Concave And Round Nose
BeadSmith Tools, Thread Snips 4.25 Inches Long, 1 Piece

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