Time Required :
About an hour
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beaded raindrops earrings

Using John Bead Czech Glass Seed Beads, create these fun designs! This project describes a bead weaving stitch known as flat herringbone. Once you make one pair of earrings, they will be easy to reproduce quickly. Make as many as you want to match your school, sports team or company for all occasions and seasons.
Step 1

Measure and cut 36" [91.4 cm] of beading thread from the spool and thread a size 10 beading needle. Bring the needle down the thread approximately 10" [25.4 cm], then fold thread over. This project is worked with a single strand.
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Step 2

String four size 6/0 seed beads and bring them down to the bottom of the thread, leaving a 6" [15.24 cm] tail.

Step 3

Go back through the first two beads added. Pull tight to form a square.

Step 4

Go back through the third and fourth beads added.

Step 5

Pick up two more size 6/0 seed beads. Turn and go back through the third and fourth beads. Pull tight.

Step 6

Turn and go through the last two beads added.

Step 7

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have six stacks of two.

Step 8

Pick up two size 6/0 seed beads in a contrasting color. Go through the second stack of beads in your laddered column.

Step 9

Turn and go through the third stack of beads in your laddered column.

Step 10

Pick up two more size 6/0 seed beads. Go through your fourth laddered column. Come up through the next column, add two beads, and go down through the next column.

Step 11

Turn and go through the two beads above the bead your thread is exiting.

Step 12

Repeat Steps 8-11 with your second next contrasting color. Step up at the end of this row.

Step 13

Repeat Steps 8-11 in your first contrasting color.

Step 14

Repeat Steps 8-11 in your main color.

Step 15

Pick-up eleven, size 10 seed beads, one size 6 bead (in first contrasting color), one size 10, one size 6 (in second contrasting color), one size 10, and one size 6 (in first contrasting color), then eleven more size 10 beads. Go through the next size 6 bead. Turn and go through the next bead in the row.

Step 16

Repeat Step 15 two times. Continue through all the beads above.

Step 17

Weave to exit one of the two center beads of the top row. Pick up six, size 10 seed beads (or optional wire guardian instead of the seed beads). Go down through the next 6/0 bead. Come back up though the 6/0 bead and all the 10/0 bead above, reinforcing this connection. Repeat once more.

Step 18

Weave in your working and tail threads by following your existing thread path for a few stitches. Trim remaining thread using flush cutters or precision scissors.

Step 19

Using chain nose pliers, laterally open the loop on an ear wire. Attach to the top loop or to wire guardian and close the loop in the same, lateral motion. Repeat for the second earring. 

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