Try This Quick and Easy Earring Making Project Using Czech Glass Pearls
This was supposed to be the year that I did more beading projects using the beads I already have, but when I was presented with the opportunity to acquire quite the stash of Czech glass pearls in a dozen colors and sizes ranging from 2mm to 4mm, well, I sort of jumped on it. Most of you know that my big beady weakness is round glass druks, those sweet little pressed glass beads that make their way into so many of my designs, so I looked at this as a way to encourage myself to use up all those other seed beads that I've been buying and hoarding for the last fourteen years.
Well, it didn't quite work that way. After I sorted, bagged, and tagged each mini-hank of glass pearls, I was positively itching to make something with them — anything! And since I hardly ever design earrings, I decided to use up some of those crystal Rivolis I've been collecting and make a couple of pairs of beaded earrings.
Using an easy bead netting technique means that you can make a pair of these earrings in just about an hour, so they're great for a last-minute gift, or just for when you feel like beading but don't have a lot of time. Enjoy!
- 112 Caramel Czech glass pearls, 2mm (A)
- 2 Cranberry Czech glass pearls, 2mm (B)
- 46 Cranberry Czech glass pearls, 3mm (C)
- 2 Cranberry Czech glass pearls, 4mm (D)
- 1 gram size 11 Japanese seed beads in color to match or contrast pearls (E)
- 2 16mm crystal Rivolis, Light Colorado Topaz
- Ear wires
- 6 lb. test beading thread
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers (optional, but extremely helpful for wiggling your needle through tight spaces)
Best of all, I love the way these colorful Czech glass pearls pair with all my favorite new shaped beads like two-hole seed beads, bricks, spikes, Tilas, pyramids, and daggers. And if you're interested in learning how to combine your favorite seed beads and round beads with these great shaped beads, you won't want to miss Beading With Shaped Beads with Melinda Barta. Melinda takes you through what materials and tools you'll need, demonstrates techniques for maintaining proper tension when stitching with these shaped beads, and even provides information about which beads are interchangeable and which aren't.
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Now it's your turn: are there any beads out there that are must-haves for your beading stash? What are your favorite new beads to use in your beading projects? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your favorite beads, new and old, with us! (Include the sources, too, so we can get some for ourselves!)