DIY | Tassel earrings with seed beads

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Tassel øreringe med seedbeads i flotte farver

Make your own seed bead earrings inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s gorgeous tassel earrings.
The instructions are detailed and it takes time to sew all the tiny beads together, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic result – your own exclusive tassel earrings.The alterative to sewing the beads on the cord end is to string the seed beads on a silver-plated beading wire, apply a bit of glue on the cord end and then wind the stringed beads around the cord end. But you may find it hard to achieve the same even and neat outcome.

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Cherry earrings with seed beads

 

Kirsebær øreringe med seedbeads

These pretty cherry earrings were made with red seed beads. You find the specific instruction for these earrings in the last part of this blog post.

 

Tassel earrings with seed beads – green

Tassel øreringe

Materialer til DIY tassel øreringe

You need the following materials to make these earrings:

       

 

Den første "frynse" på din tassel ørering

First, you take ca. 2 metres of Nymo beading thread, make a knot on one end and thread the needle.Then you stitch through the waxed cord (a few millimetres away from the edge) and pull the thread through the cord. After that, you string 54 beads on the thread.If you don’t want the waxed nylon cord to frazzle, you can carefully burn the ends so they melt.

Den første "frynse" på din tassel ørering

Next, you take the needle back through all the beads – except the last one, which is your stopper bead.

Den anden "frynse" på din tassel ørering

When you are done with that, you pull the thread to make sure that all the beads sit tightly and close to the waxed cord.Then, you stitch through the cord so the needle comes out next to the strand of beads you just have stringed.

Den anden "frynse" på din tassel ørering

Now you string the next strand of beads, exactly as you did before.

En række af seedbeads "frynser"

String one strand of beads after the other, each one with 54 beads.

En række af seedbeads "frynser"

Once you have made 20 strands of beads, you sew up the end of your thread. You will need to start a new thread from time to time while working on the strands. In that case you also sew up the old thread and continue with a new one.Now you have got a long row of strands of beads which is now going to be rolled up.

Tassel øreringe - båndet rulles


Roll up the waxed cord a bit and sew a few stitches through the rolled up piece of cord.

Tassel øreringe - båndet rulles

Roll up the cord a little more and sew through it twice. Then, roll it up a bit further and sew through it once again …and so on …

Tassel øreringe - båndet rulles og sys

When you have reached the end of the strands of beads, keep rolling up and sewing through the waxed cord until it is compact enough to fit into the cord end.

Kvasten på din tassel ørering - 20 rækker af seedbeads

Once you are done with rolling, you sew up the end of your thread.

kvast af seedbeads

But before you start sewing up, check one more time whether the rolled cord really does fit into the cord end.

Hætten laves - den første række af perler

The next step is to cover the cord end with beads. For this, we are going to use FireLine thread instead of Nymo thread as it is a little stiffer and gives better support.First, you string the beads and then you pass the needle through all the beads one more time creating a circle. I used 29 seed beads but these can vary slightly in size. So, before you tighten the thread, check to make sure the number is right.The circle of beads should sit tighly around the cord end.

Perlesyning til hætte på tassel øreringe

Next, place the beads in the bottom groove of the cord end and tighten the thread so the beads sit tightly around the metal.

Den første række - bind en dobbeltknude

After that, you tie a double knot. You can apply a small amount of jewellery glue in the groove before you tighten the thread to make sure that the circle of beads won’t slip.

Perlesyning

Now you can start sewing on another row of beads. First, you thread a new bead onto the needle, then you pass the needle through the bead in the row below (the bead from which the thread originally came), only in the opposite direction.

At begynde på 2. række

Pull the thread so that the new bead is close to the row below and then you pass the needle through a new bead one more time. Now, you have fastened the first bead of the new row.

Perlesyning - Sy 2 perler på ad gangen

From now on, you always fasten 2 beads at a time. Thread 2 new beads onto the needle, then count 2 beads in the first row (going forwards). Sew through these two beads and a third one in the first row (backwards – all in all 3 beads), so that the needle finally emerges from the bead directly below the first bead in the second row.

Før nålen igennem de 3 øverste perler

Zieh den Faden fest, so dass die Perlen fest übereinander sitzen, und führe die Nadel dann durch die 3 Perlen darüber.Jetzt hast du die ersten 3 Perlen in der neuen Reihe zusammengenäht.Pull the thread so that the beads come to sit tightly on top of each other. Now, you pass the needle through the 3 beads in the new row.

Seedbeads perlesyning

Now, you sew on the next 2 beads in the same way. Thread 2 beads onto your needle. Count two beads forward in the first row and pass the needle from there backwards through 3 beads so the needle comes out under the last bead in the new row.

Tassel øreringe

Then, pass the needle through 3 beads in your new row.Continue like this: 2 new beads on the thread – through 3 beads in the row underneath – through 3 beads in the new row.

Tassel øreringe, 3. række

As the first row of beads sits in the bottom groove, a bit of the cord end is still visible. To cover the edge, I have sewn one more row underneath the first one.

Tassel øreringe

First, you sew through a couple of beads so the threads comes out in the first row.

Perlehætte til tassel ørering - 3. række

Then, you attach a new bead in the same way as explained above. You thread a bead and sew it onto a bead the row above. Next, you pass the needle once again through the new bead.

Tassel øreringe

As described above, you once again thread 2 beads and pass the needle through 3 beads in the row above.
Note: Change your sewing direction each time you start a new row of beads.

Perlesyning - hætte på tassel øreringe

… and then again through 3 beads in the new row. Continue in this way, always threading 2 new beads at the same time until you have finished the row.

Perlesyning - 4. række

Next, pass the needle through the beads so it comes out in the top row. There you start a new row, followed by another new row. Continue in this was until you have completed 5 rows.

seedbeads syet som hætte

After you have finished 5 rows, you will need to start sewing tighter. You do this by threading 2 beads (as before), but now you count 3 beads forward in the row underneath (instead of 2) and sew backwards through 4 beads (instead of 3).The exact place where you need to start sewing tighter can vary. When I notice that the beads are no longer close to the cord, I start to sew them tighter.

 

Perlesyning - den færdige hætte!

There is space for 3 tighter sewn rows, which means a total of 8 rows of beads. When you have finished you 8 rows, you can finally sew up and secure the thread by sewing4-5 times through different beads.

Kvasten limes ind i endemuffen/perlehætten

After that, you apply a bit of jewellery glue inside the cord end and glue the seed bead tassel into it.

Tassel ørering med ørekrog

Finally, you take a jumpring and fasten the earwire to the cord end.

Tassel ørering

 

Your tassel earring with seed beads is ready to wear!

 

Seed bead earrings – pink-grey-cream

DIY Tassel øreringe

Tassel øreringe med seedbeads

You need the following materials to make these earrings:

 

Seed bead earrings – cream-grey-golden

DIY tassel øreringe i seedbeads

DIY tassel øreringe i seedbeads

You need the following materials to make these earrings:

 

Have fun making your own earrings inspired by Oscar de la Renta!

 

Cherry earrings with seed beads

Kirsebær ørering

 

DIY kirsebær øreringe

We used the following materials to make these earrings:

 

 

DIY kirsebær øreringe med seedbeads

First, you sew the seed beads around the candy jade bead using the same sewing method we described above for covering the cap with beads.
You will need approx. 31 seed beads to make a ring that fits around the jade bead.

DIY kirsebær øreringe med seedbeads

 

Ad one more row with the same amount of beads.

Seedbeads syet omkring jadeperle til kirsbær øreringe

After that, you start taking in. Leave one bead out every second time you fasten two beads (compare instructions above).

Seedbeads syet omkring jadeperle til kirsbær øreringe

Then you fasten another row in the same way. Keep taking in every second round.

DIY kirsebær øreringe med røde seedbeads

So when you take in in the next row, the ring will be composed of 12 beads.

DIY kirsebær øreringe med røde seedbeads

Cover the last part of the jade bead by sewing on 4 beads.

Kirsebær øreringe

Then, you sew seed beads around the other side of the candy jade bead in the same way.

Kirsebær øreringe

But instead of covering the last visible part with red seed beads, you pull the needle through the middle of the bead. Having done that, you thread the green seed beads.

 

grøn stilk af seedbeads til kirsebær øreringe

Next, you thread the closed jumpring and pull the needle back through the green seed beads. Finally, you fasten the thread.

kirsebær øreringe med grønne blade af glas

Open the earwire’s eyelet carefully and insert the glass pendant. If the leaf does not hang in the way you want it, you can turn its eyelet.
Finally, you hang the cherry into the earwire’s eyelet and close it again.

 

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