Earrings with Felt Components, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Seed Beads

STEP 1
Using the 2.5mm beading awl, push into the felted ball to make a hole through the center. Twist the awl as you go until the tip emerges from the opposite side. Remove the awl and insert it into the opposite side of the felt ball, where the awl first emerged, and twist-push the awl through the new hole so the width of the hole is even on both ends.
STEP 2
String one of each of the following beads onto a gold-plated headpin:
  • Dark pink silver-lined Delica seed bead
  • 6mm Swarovski margarita flower bead
  • Fuchsia felted ball
  • 15-18mm leaf-style bead cap
  • Gold-plated basket-style bead cap
  • Gold-plated flower bead cap
Design Tip: It may be necessary to gently pry open the leaf tips so the bead cap fits snugly over the felted ball.
STEP 3
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the gold-plated flower bead cap. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire over the barrel of the pliers, to form a 90 degree angle.
STEP 4
Place the pliers into the angled section, vertically, so one barrel is above and one is below the wire. Bring the wire up and over the top barrel of the pliers so it is now facing down at an angle.
STEP 5
Reposition the pliers so they are horizontal again, with one barrel in the loop and one out and to the right. With chain-nose pliers, or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending below the loop you just created.
STEP 6
Grip across the loop with a pair of chain-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with flat-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire, starting from below the loop and working toward the bead cap, making approximately three tightly wound wraps. Using the side cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.

Design Tip: To avoid distorting the shape of the felted ball, make sure your wrapped loop is not excessively tight.

Making the Felted Bead Drop

STEP 7
Cut a length of Nymo® beading thread and thread it onto your beading needle. Then double and knot it. Using a stab sewing stitch, insert the needle tip into the felted ball that is beneath the leaf-style bead cap so it emerges on the opposite side. Thread on a Swarovski margarita flower bead and a pink Delica® bead, then pass the needle back through the margarita flower bead. Insert the needle into the felted ball where the thread emerges. Using a stab sewing stitch, pass the needle through the felted ball to the other side of the ball and repeat this step until 12 margarita flowers have been evenly dispersed to the outside of the felted ball.

Design Tip: Try following an imaginary honeycomb grid when sewing on the margarita flowers. If you desire perfect placement, mark the bead locations prior to beginning with a fine pointed chalk marker.
STEP 8
Using the same stab stitch, fill the open gaps of the felted ball not covered with margarita flower beads with dark pink Delica® seed beads. Finish the beaded felt ball by tying off the thread. Making sure the needle exits in the bead cap, catch the needle on a few hairs of the felted ball beside where the thread exits the beaded felt ball. Draw the thread into a close loop and pass the needle through the loop. Tighten the loop down to form a knot. Drop a small amount of G-S Hypo cement onto the knot. When the glue dries, clip the thread tail.

Assembling the Earring

STEP 9
Using two pairs of flat-nose pliers (or a pair of chain-nose and flat-nose pliers), twist open a jumpring and thread it through the top of wrapped loop and through the loop on an earwire.

Close the jumpring.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 1 - 8 to complete the second earring.

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