Czech beads are so much fun. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and in recent years with more than one hole. The extra hole makes a big difference as they allow the beads to be connected in far more ways than if they had just the one. Here is a simple beaded earrings tutorial using Dia beads.
It's not surprising why they are called Dia or Silky beads. There are 2 diagonal holes across the corners. I took advantage of the pattern on the beads as well as those holes for this tutorial.
- Dia/Silky beads*
- Twin beads*
- Seed beads 8/0 or 11/0 - the smaller ones look better
- Delica seedbeads 11/0 - for the frame
- 6lb Fireline and beading needle
- ear wires
Position the cross over the square as shown below and go through the outer hole of the twin bead.
Secure the twin bead by taking the needle and making sure you "pick up" the threads which bind the Dia beads together.
Then go through the outer hole of the twin bead again. This securing step is repeated for each of the outer holes of the twin beads.
There is no easy way of hiding the thread before proceeding to the framing step so finish up the beaded squares here. Use half hitches to end the threads including the tail.
This forms a loop for the ear wires when the thread is pulled tight.
At this stage, there are a series of "dashes" around the square. The next step is to add beads around the corners by connected the "dashes".
Use 5-6 beads to go around each corner. The actual number you use will depend on whether or not you loose or tight frame.
The tutorial pictures here show 6 beads which resulted in a tight frame. So reinforcing by going through all the frame beads and through the corners a couple of times is required to keep the square flat. It was easier to use 5.
The final picture show the frame with 5 beads around each corner. There are slight gaps which are really not that visible in real life - macro photos magnify!
I much prefer using 11/0 for the central portion as one can better see the Dia bead pattern and the overall look is more elegant.
I used my iPhone 5, the camera+ app and the Modahaus Tabletop Studio TS400 in artificial lights - 2 angle poise lamps each equipped with 100 W daylight CFL bulbs with a boost from nearby ceiling LED light strip. Most of the photo editing was done in app but some photos needed a quick touch to lighten and contrast quickly in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Click here for more information on my How to Photograph Jewelry webinar.
Before You Go:
- More Awesome Beaded Earrings Tutorials
- Beaded Russian Leaf Earrings Tutorials
- Beautiful Beaded Earrings Tutorials
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