Arcos, Minos, AVA Beads Earrings Tutorial

It’s a beautiful Sunday and time for some jewelry making! Today, we’ll show you how you can use Arcos, Minos, and AVA Beads in creating a pair of earrings by Deborah Hodoyer, aka, CrownofStones.

“Since I can remember, I’ve always been an art lover in each of its expressions. I also love music, literature and traveling. I was born and raised in Sardinia, a beautiful and inspiring island in the middle of Mediterraneo. My adventure in the beads world began creating wire wrapped earrings for myself and since then, I never stopped enjoying this beautiful journey in the world of beading jewelry.” ~ Deborah Hodoyer

  • 1 gram seed beads size 15° (Miyuki luster metallic amethyst) R15
  • ½ gram seed beads size 11° (Toho metallic iris brown) R11
  • 12 2.5x3mm Minos par Puca (dark bronze) Minos
  • 4 6x6mm Silky beads (luster metallic amethyst) Silky
  • 8 5x10mm Arcos par Puca (light green ceramic look) Arcos
  • 4 10x4mm AVA beads (jet bronze) AVA
  • 2 side drilled Drop beads of your choice (14x10mm transparent amethyst) Drop Miyuki

Round 1
Use 3’ of thread to string 1 Arcos, 1 AVA, 1 Arcos, 1 R11, 1 Arcos, 1 AVA, 1 Arcos, 1 R11 passing through the bottom holes of all Arcos and AVA beads, as shown on picture [Fig. 1]. Pass back through all beads again to form a tight circle, leaving a 4” tail. Tie a couple of knots between the tail and the working thread and weave through beads (passing from nearest Arcos, so the knots won’t block the central R11) to exit from next R11 [Fig. 2].

Round 2
A) String 7 R15 and sew through the top hole of nearest Arcos and through the right hole of following AVA.

B) Pick up 1 Silky (passing through the bottom hole) and sew through the left hole of this same AVA and through the top hole of following Arcos.

C) String 7 R15 and sew through following R11.

D) Repeat steps A/B/C to complete the round, then exit from first group of 7 R15 added during step A.

Round 3
A) String 5 R15 (red dots) and sew through the right hole of nearest AVA, through the bottom hole of the Silky and through the left hole of this same AVA.

B) String 5 R15 (red dots) and sew through following 5 R15 of a group of 7 R15 added on previous Round.

D) Pick up 1 Minos, skip nearest 2 R15 of next group of 7 and sew directly through following 5 R15.

E) Repeat steps A/B/C to complete the round, then exit from first group of 5 R15 added on Step A.

Round 4
A) String 1 Minos, 3 R15 (red dots) and sew through the top hole of next Silky.

B) String 3 R15, 1 Minos (red dots) and retrace previous thread path sewing through following beads: 10 R15, 1 Minos, 10 R15

C) Repeat Steps A and B to complete the round, then exit from 3rd R15 of first group of beads added on Step A.

Round 5
A) String 5 R11 (red dots) and retrace previous thread path, to exit from corresponding group of beads set on the opposite side of the earring.

B) Repeat Step A to complete the round, then retrace the thread path to exit from central R11 of first group of 5 beads added.

Earwire loop
String 8 R15 and pass through the R11 exited to form a beaded loop. Repeat the thread path through the loop to reinforce, then fix the thread and trim it.

Attaching the drop bead
Don’t trim the thread if you’re going to attach a drop bead, but weave through beads to exit from central R11 of a group of 5 set on the opposite side [Fig. 1]. String 3 R15, 1 Drop, 3 R15 and sew through the same R11 exited, then repeat the thread path through beads just added twice (or more) to reinforce. At this point fix the thread and trim it [Fig. 2]. Form another earring following same steps.

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