Peaceful Balance Earrings Instructions Designed by Tracy Gonzales for TierraCast
Combine your beading supplies in unique ways to come up with eye-catching designs. A TierraCast ring provides the foundation for some surprising bead weaving, while a tassel and Yin Yang charm add movement and harmony. You can find more inspiration for making statement earrings with help from TierraCast items in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: To make the tassels, cut two 6-inch pieces of KO light blue beading thread. Set aside. Using a business card or something similar, wrap the thread from the spool around the card to the thickness that will fit inside a TierraCast 2mm antique pewter-plated brass Taj cord end. Thread one of your 6-inch pieces of thread underneath the wrap at the top of the card. Knot tightly. Repeat at the bottom of the card with the other 6-inch piece of thread. Slide your wrapped thread off of the card and cut it in half. Apply a drop of glue into one cord end. Use tweezers to insert the top of one tassel into the cord end. Repeat with second cord end. Allow to dry and then trim as needed.
Step two: Thread a needle with a wingspan of beading thread. Knot one end securely to a TierraCast rhodium 1.25-inch radiant ring, leaving a 6-inch tail.
Step three: Pass the needle through a TOHO 6/0 seed bead. Slide the bead to the ring and then pass behind and through the ring and back through the hole. Pull snug. Position the next TOHO 6/0 bead, pass the needle through the hole, behind and around the ring, and back through the hole. Pull snug. Repeat seven times, for a total of nine beads in the first row.
Step four: For row two, string on a TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter granulated bead and a TOHO 8/0 seed bead. Pass your needle through the second seed bead in row one, behind and through the ring, and then back through the seed bead in row one and the 8/0 seed bead in row two. String another 8/0 seed bead. Pass through the next seed bead in row one, behind and through the ring, then back through row one and two. Repeat the pattern of one granulated bead and two 8/0 seed beads four times, and end the row with a granulated bead.
Step five: For row three, string on three 11/0 TOHO seed beads. Go back through the granulated bead your needle is coming out of to create a picot edge. You can go through all of the rows to reinforce around the radiant ring, or you can reinforce around the last row of beads. With your needle coming out of the next 8/0 seed bead in row two, add three 11/0 seed beads to the thread. Pass through the next 8/0 seed bead over in row two and reinforce. Repeat this pattern until you reach the end of the row. Weave through a few beads, knotting 2-3 times to secure. Trim thread.
Step six: Rethread your needle onto the tail of your thread at the start. Weave through a few beads and trim as necessary.
Step seven: Use a 925/10 silver-filled 20 gauge 6mm open jump ring to attach a tassel at the center of your last beaded row. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our video tutorial.
Step eight: Attach one 925/10 silver-filled 7mm 18 gauge open jump ring to the radiant ring. Use a 6mm jump ring to attach the sterling silver 12x25mm earwire with ball end to the 7mm jump ring. Then use another 6mm jump ring to attach the TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter round Yin Yang charm to the 7mm jump ring.
Step nine: Repeat steps two through eight to make the other earring.
Tools & Supplies: KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - White (STRNG-0099)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Light Blue (STRNG-0110)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
List of Components: TierraCast Rhodium 1.25-Inch Radiant Ring (RB-3112, qty 2)
Sterling Silver 12x25mm Earwire with Ball End (EAR-0115, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Round Yin Yang Charm (SA-2405, qty 2)
TierraCast 2mm Antique Pewter-Plated Brass Taj Cord End Cap (PA-0210, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Opaque Turquoise Luster (TBRD6-132, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Higher-Metallic Emerald Iris (TBRD8-506, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Aqua (TBRD11-23, qty 1)
925/10 Silver-Filled 6mm Open Jump Ring, 20 Gauge (FIND-0704, qty 6)
925/10 Silver-Filled 7mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (FIND-0686, qty 2)
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Granulated Bead (SA-0447, qty 12)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: TierraCast Antique Copper 1.25-Inch Radiant Ring (CA-3112)
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Round Yin Yang Charm (CA-2405)
TierraCast 2mm Antique Copper-Plated Brass Taj Cord End Cap (CA-0210)
Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control .14oz (SUP-0542) Artbeads Sandy Beaches Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0326)
Artbeads Sandy Beaches Designer Blend, 6/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0325)
Artbeads Sandy Beaches Designer Blend, 11/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0327)