Fairy Lantern Earrings Instructions Designed by Teri McCamish
Put a whimsical touch of sparkle in your designs with our Fairy Lantern idea. These are perfect for using in earrings, necklaces or anywhere you please! Customize this technique with bugle beads and bicones of your choosing to create colorful links and dangles.
Step one: Use your chosen bugle beads to create a ladder stitch. You can use any kind of bugle beads you choose. We used both twisted and smooth bugle beads. Take note that when using twisted bugle beads, you will need fewer beads to wrap around your 8mm bicone. We used 12 TOHO 9mm twisted bugle beads in silver-lined crystal and 16 TOHO 9mm bugle beads in bronze. For help with the ladder stitch, please see our Handy Tip.
Step two: Once you have added your last bugle bead to the ladder stitch, lay it flat on your work surface. String a Swarovski 8mm XILION bicone in Aquamarine onto a sterling silver 22 gauge 3-inch head pin. Place the decorated head pin on top of the bugle beads, so that the bicone is in the center of the ladder stitch.
Step three: Wrap the bugle beads around the bicone, ensuring that they fit snugly around the widest point of the bicone.
Step four: Add another aquamarine bicone to the head pin.
Step five: Loop the ends of your ladder stitch together and stitch closed. Finish the thread with a knot.
Step six: Finish your decorated head pin with a wrapped loop. For help creating a wrapped loop, see our Handy Tip. Push the head pin through the looped ladder stitch so that it rests between the two bicones with the tapered ends of the beads poking out from either side.
Step seven: You can use this technique to make all kinds of fairy lanterns. Use eye pins to make links or head pins to make dangles. Add a smaller bicone to the wrapped loop for extra sparkle!
Approximate Size: about one inch Estimated Time:twenty minutes Difficulty Level:beginner
Tools & Supplies:
Nymo D Bobbin Grey (NYD-GRY)
The BeadSmith 10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack (NEED-09)
German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-504)
Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle (TOOL-612)
Lindstrom Supreme Cutter Micro-Beveled Edge (TOOL-600)
List of Components: TOHO Bead Twisted Bugle 9mm Transparent Crystal AB 8g Bag (TBTBR9-161, qty 1) Swarovski 5301 8mm Faceted Bicone Crystal AB Bead (5301-CRYSAB8, qty 4) 3-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-HP23, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: TOHO Bead Twisted Bugle 9mm Silver-Lined Crystal 8g Bag (TBTBR9-21) TOHO Bead Bugle 9mm Bronze (TBBG9-221) TOHO Bead Twisted Bugle 9mm Transparent Crystal AB 8g Bag (TBTBR9-161) Swarovski 5328 8mm XILION Bicone Aquamarine (5328-AQUA8) Swarovski 5328 8mm XILION Bicone Topaz (5328-TO8) Swarovski 5301 8mm Faceted Bicone Crystal AB Bead (5301-CRYSAB8) Gold-Filled 020 1.5-Inch Head Pin (GF-HP150-020) Gold-Filled 1.5-Inch Eye Pin (GF-EP150-020)