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Snowflake Earring

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1. Gather Your Materials

You'll need size 8/0 and size 11/0 round seed beads for your snowflakes, as well as 4mm Czech fire polished round beads.

2. String the Center Ring

Cut three feet of beading thread, and thread the needle for single-strand beadweaving.

String six size 8/0 beads, and slide them down to about eight inches from the end of the thread.

Pass the needle through the first bead again and cinch up the thread to create a ring.

3. Make the First Loop for the First Figure Eight

Position the center ring so that the working thread exits the ring in a counterclockwise direction. String one 4mm bead and five 8/0 beads.

Pass the needle through the first of the 8/0 beads again to make a ring. When you do this, curl the beads around in a counter-clockwise direction. Hold the beads between your fingers to keep them in place as you make the stitch.

Pull the thread taut so that you don't see any significant gaps between beads.

The beaded loop that you just created is the first part of a beaded figure eight, which we'll completed in the next step.

4. Make the Second Loop for the First Figure Eight

String one 4mm bead, one 8/0 bead, and another 4mm bead.

Pass the needle back into the center ring of beads, entering through the same bead that your thread originally exited when you began this figure eight. Pass through a second bead in the center ring.

5. Begin the Next Figure Eight

String one 4mm bead and five 8/0 beads, just like you did in Step 3.

Curl the beads around counter-clockwise, and pass through the first 8/0 bead again. Pull the thread taut.

6. Complete the Second Figure Eight

String one 4mm bead.

Pass down through the second 8/0 and the 4mm bead that you strung to begin the first figure eight, and up through the next two 8/0 beads in the center ring. Pull the thread taut again.

At this point, you can start to see the shape of the snowflake coming together.

7. Make the Third Figure Eight

You'll complete the next two figure eights using the same technique you used for the second one. String the five beads for the first loop, and then string a single 4mm bead to complete the second loop, which connects the new lobe of the snowflake with the previous one.

The image next to this step shows the third figure eight completed.

8. Make the Fourth Figure Eight

The image next to this step shows what your beadwork should look like after completing the fourth figure eight of beads.

9. Complete the Fifth Figure Eight

The image next to this step shows what your beadwork should look like after completing the fifth figure eight.

10. Begin the Sixth Figure Eight

for the sixth--and final--figure eight, you need to stitch into the first figure eight to complete the circular snowflake.

Begin by passing out through the 4mm bead from the very first figure eight, and then stringing four 8/0 beads (these four are outlined in black in the image). Curl the beads around counter-clockwise, and then pass through the nearest 8/0 bead in the first figure eight.

11. Complete the Sixth Figure Eight

Pass through the first of the 8/0 beads that you strung in Step 10, and pull the thread taut.

String a 4mm bead.

Pass down through the second 8/0 that you picked up in the fifth figure eight, and down through the 4mm bead in that loop, and back into the center ring.

12. Position the Thread for the Top Loop

Sew through the snowflake and bring the thread out of a center 8/0 bead in one of the outer loops.

13. Make the Top Loop for Hanging

String six 11/0 beads, and then pass back through the bead that your thread exits, going in the opposite direction.

14. Weave-In and End the Thread

Sew through a few beads in the snowflake, following the path of existing thread. Pull the thread taut, and then tie a half-hitch knot over the thread running between two beads. Pass the needle through the next bead, and tug the knot inside of that bead to hide it. Repeat this process a couple more times, and then trim off the thread close to the beadwork.

Thread the needle onto the tail of thread that remains from when you started the snowflake, and use the same technique to weave-in and end that thread.

15. Attach the Snowflake to an Ear Wire

Use the tips of chain nose pliers to gently bend the ring on the ear wire to one side. Slide the top loop on the snowflake into the open ring. Use the pliers to gently close the ring again.

16. Make a Second Snowflake Earring

Make a second snowflake earring to complete your pair.

 

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