Shasta Earrings Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Leather and seed beads make a bold combination in these earrings. Cheri decorated strands of leather from Leather Cord USA with beads from an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend. The leather is easy to work with and the seed beads provide the perfect color palette for her design. Switch up the colors to create your own take on this fun design!
Step one: Cut ten 10-inch pieces of Leather Cord USA .5mm light brown round leather. This gives you five pieces for each earring. Knot the end of one piece and thread two inches of beads from the Artbeads Southwest Sunset Designer Blend onto the leather in a random pattern. Then knot the opposite end of this piece of leather. Repeat for all of the strands. Set aside.
Step two: Cut four 8-inch pieces of leather. This gives you two pieces for each earring. Knot the end of one piece and thread 1 1/4 inches of beads onto the strand in a random pattern. Now knot the opposite end of this piece of leather. Repeat for the other three strands.
Step three: Gather five long strands of leather and two short strands together. Fold them in half and stagger the ends to balance out the beads. Then, open a sterling silver 5.35mm open jump ring and position it in the center of the fold of leather. Close the jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video.
Step four: Cut a 6-inch piece of Artbeads Designer Wire in Silver and wrap it around the bunch of leather, just below the fold, to secure. Trim the ends. Open the loop of the sterling silver .8mm ball end earwire. Attach it to the jump ring at the top of the earring and close the loop. Repeat steps three and four to make the other earring.
Tools & Supplies: Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106) Nylon Jaw Pliers (TOOL-105) Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131) Bent Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-133)
List of Components: Artbeads Southwest Sunset Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0022, qty 1) Leather Cord USA .5mm Light Brown Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0811, qty 12) Artbeads Designer Wire - Silver Non-Tarnish 22 Gauge (24 ft. spool) (ADW0073, qty 1) Sterling Silver Ball End Earwire .8mm (SS-EAR18, qty 2) Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .210 inches (0.75 x 5.35mm) (SS-OJR30-F, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Artbeads Tucson Sunset Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0331) Artbeads Southwest Flair Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0341) Leather Cord USA .5mm Metallic Bronze Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0861) Leather Cord USA .5mm Natural Red Brown Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0812)