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Summertide Earrings

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Summertide Earrings Instructions
Designed by Tracy Gonzales for TierraCast

Seed beads and spacers can create a fabulous earring look for any season. TierraCast spacers add texture to these beaded hoop earrings, while a small charm adds character. Switch out the seed bead colors to make this look your own. You can find more inspiration for making statement earrings with help from TierraCast items in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

Step one:
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately seven inches long.

Step two:
String a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube onto the wire, then thread the end of the wire back through the crimp, creating a small loop and leaving a short tail. Crimp the tube in place.

Step three:
String one TierraCast 3mm brass oxide pewter plain heishi spacer, followed by a TierraCast antique rhodium 4mm beaded heishi spacer, a plain spacer, and a turquoise 6/0 seed bead, covering the tail of your wire. Repeat twice.

Step four:
Repeat the bead pattern again, this time using an orange seed bead. Repeat once more with a yellow seed bead, and then again with an orange seed bead. Repeat the pattern with a turquoise seed bead.

Step five:
Add a plain spacer to the strand, followed by a TierraCast antique silver palmette charm. Make a mirror image of the bead pattern on the other side of the charm.

Step six:
Repeat step two, adjusting beads before securing so that they are close but not too tight.

Step seven:
Open the loop of the TierraCast niobium earwire with silver ball and string on both ends of the beaded strand. Close the loop.

Step eight:
Repeat steps one through seven to make the other earring.
Approximate Size: 3 Inches
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
TierraCast Niobium Earwire with Silver Ball (Pair) (NB-5120, qty 1)
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 4)
TierraCast Antique Rhodium 4mm Beaded Heishi Spacer (RBA-0408, qty 28)
TierraCast 3mm Brass Oxide Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer 2x3mm (BRO-0439, qty 60)
TierraCast Antique Silver Palmette Charm (SA-2169, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Turquoise 8 Gram Bag (TBRD6-55, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Opaque Cherry (TBRD6-45A, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 6/0 Sueded Gold Opaque Dandelion Yellow 8g Bag (TBRD6-Y621, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Artbeads Santa Fe Designer Blend, TOHO 6/0 Round Seed Beads (ADB0401)
TierraCast Niobium with 2mm Copper Bead Earwire (NCO-5120-23)
TierraCast Antique Gold 4mm Beaded Heishi Spacer (GA-0408)
TierraCast 3mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer (CA-0439)
Antique Gold Palmette Charm (GA-2169)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

TierraCast Niobium Earwire with Silver Ball (Pair)
Code: NB-5120
Length 23mm, Wire Gauge .81mm/20 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.20$2.07$1.95
Qty>
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16$0.15$0.14
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Rhodium-Plated Pewter 4mm Beaded Heishi Spacer
Code: RBA-0408
Length 1.5mm, Width 4.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.14$0.13$0.12
Qty>
TierraCast 3mm Brass Oxide Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer 2 x 3mm
Code: BRO-0439
Length 2mm, Diameter 3mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-5960-119120+
$0.13$0.12$0.11
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Palmette Charm
Code: SA-2169
Height 11.5mm, Width 6mm 
1-1415-2930+
$0.67$0.62$0.58
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Turquoise 8 Gram Bag
Code: TBRD6-55
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-1112-2324+
$1.17$1.10$1.03
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Opaque Cherry
Code: TBRD6-45A
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.34$1.26$1.18
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 6/0 Sueded Gold Opaque Dandelion Yellow 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-Y621
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-56-1112+
$2.38$2.24$2.11
Qty>

Alternate Components

Artbeads Santa Fe Designer Blend, TOHO 6/0 Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0401
Price: $4.99
Qty>
TierraCast Niobium with 2mm Copper Bead Earwire (Pair)
Code: NCO-5120-23
Depth 8.5mm, Front Length 14mm, Back Length 21mm, Gauge 19 
1-78-1516+
$1.92$1.81$1.70
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Gold-Plated Pewter 4mm Beaded Heishi Spacer
Code: GA-0408
Length 1mm, Diameter 4mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.16$0.14$0.13
Qty>
TierraCast 3mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer
Code: CA-0439
Length 2mm, Diameter 3mm, Hole Gauge 18 gauge 
1-5960-119120+
$0.13$0.12$0.11
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Palmette Drop Charm
Code: GA-2169
Length 12mm, Width 6mm, Hole Size 1.3mm/16 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.76$0.71$0.66
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-019
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
Price: $12.99
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Price: $13.99
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $11.56
Qty>



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