Beading Tutorial with Flower Bud Earrings

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ~ a quote by Leonardo da Vinci and I think having these pair of earrings will show that you have that simple, yet elegant taste.

These pair of earrings may be simple and not as flamboyant as some designs are, but they can be the perfect accessory to complete an elegant style.

The beading tutorial will teach you how to bezel a cabochon using Right Angle Weave and Peyote Stitch. Learning how to bezel with the techniques in this tutorial can be your starting point in exploring various bezeled designs.

Prepare the following materials:
2 pcs 13mm Hematite Cabochon
(A) 11/0 Black Toho seed beads
(B) 15/0 Black Toho seed beads
(C) 11/0 Black Diamond/Opaque Yellow Lined Toho seed beads
(D) 15/0 Black Diamond/Opaque Yellow Lined Toho seed beads
.006 in Wildfire Beading Thread
2 pcs 8mm or 6mm Flat Ear Stud
E600 Glue




Step 1:
Cut 36 inches of beading thread. Pick up 4(A) and create 1 unit of RAW.


Step 2:
Build up your beadwork. Pick up 3(A), weave in opposite direction and create a 2nd unit of RAW.
Pick 3(A), weave in opposite direction and create a 3rd unit of RAW, and continue on, until you create 13 units of RAW.


Step 3:
Assuming you already have 13 units of RAW. We now need to connect the strip from end to end to form a circle. Coming from the last bead from the 13th unit, pick up 1(A). Weave in opposite direction and pass the thread into the 1st bead from the 1st unit. Continue to pick up 1(A) and pass through the last bead from the 13th unit of RAW and come out the 1st bead added.

Pull the thread and this is how it should look like.


Step 4:
From the circle you now create units of RAW and make the strip wider. There are 2 ways to start, but first, have your thread come out the side. If your thread is coming out going in the right direction pick up 3(A). Weave in opposite direction to create a unit of RAW, passing the thread twice into the 1st unit. As you pull, pass the thread into the next bead from the 1st strip of RAW.
Continue to add another unit by picking up a 2(A). Weave again the opposite direction, going in full circle, passing all 4 beads then come out the 1st bead added.
…then continue to add another unit of RAW and go all the way around the strip.


Step 5:
When you are about to reach the final or last unit you’ll find that you only need to add 1 bead. You simply need to pick up 1(A) and pass all 4 beads, in full circle and have your thread come out the bead added.  Again, your weaving direction maybe different from what is shown on the diagram but the idea is just the same.


Step 6:
Now, you’re done with your units of RAW and have formed your beadwork into a circle. The next steps is using Peyote Stitch. Have your thread come a side bead. Pick up 1(D), skip the next down bead shown in grey and pass through the next bead. Pull the thread. Repeat this step and go all the way around your beadwork.
Pull the thread and you’ll see the opening starts to narrow.


Step 7:
Weave another round of Peyote Stitch. Step-up and have your thread come out D and then repeat Step 6, but this time, skipping the As from the units of RAW shown in grey.

Complete the 2nd round of Peyote Stitch. Pop in your cabochon and see if it fits.


Step 8:
To prevent the cabochon from falling, we need to narrow the opening at the back side of the cabochon. Travel through several beads until you come out the back side. Using B, repeat Step 6 and create 1 round of Peyote Stitch. After you complete the circle you may have to pass the thread a 2nd time, going around again the Peyote Stitch to secure the beads and prevent the thread from loosening.


Step 9:
We’re going to embellish the sides. Travel through the beads and come out the beads forming the units of RAW. On the diagram they are shown in orange.
On this image are orange dots.

Your direction may be left or right. It doesn’t matter. Pick up 1(C) and pass the thread into the next bead. Repeat this step and complete the round.


Step 10:
Let’s continue and add some spikes on the sides.  Coming out of (C), pick up 3(D) and pass the thread into the next (C).
Repeat the step and complete the round. When finished, secure your thread. Do the same for the tail end.


Step 11:
Repeat from start and create a pair. Use your E600 and glue the ear stud at the back. Wait at least 24 hours to dry so that the ear stud is sturdy enough not to fall off. Trust me, E600 will work great. Happy beading!


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