This free beading pattern is for a pair of colorful autumn harvest earrings, made with a variety of easy beaded fringe techniques. Since the fringe techniques are free-form, no two pairs of earrings will be exactly alike!
1. Materials Needed
To make this pair of earrings, you will need the following beads and materials:
- 5 grams size 11 Japanese seed beads, transparent topaz luster
- 1 gram size 15 Japanese seed beads, colorlined beige
- 1 gram size 15 Japanese seed beads, silver lined green
- 20-40 round amber beads, 3mm
- 1 pair gold filled ear wires
- Fireline beading thread, 6 lb. test
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
2. Getting Started
On a 5 foot piece of Fireline, pick up 8 size 11 seed beads. Tie into a ring with a square knot. Pick up 1 more size 11 seed bead.
3. String the Base
Pick up 19 more size 11 seed beads for a total of 20 seed beads. Pick up a 3mm amber bead and a size 15 colorlined beige bead. Skip the size 15 bead and pass back through the amber bead. Pull snugly so that the amber bead is up against the line of size 11 seed beads.
4. Add the Branches
Doing these fringes at random makes for a more interesting pair of earrings, but I did follow a couple of "rules" when working the fringes:
1. I always ended each branch with a 3mm amber bead and a size 15 beige bead.
2. I always made the leaves with the silver lined green size 15 beads.
You don't have to follow these "rules" - you can make up your own, or work with no "rules" at all!
5. Add the Earring Finding
Once you are happy with the way your earring looks, tie a few half-hitch knots, weave the thread in a bit more, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.
Using a flat nose or chain nose pliers, open the loop on the earring finding and slide the earring onto the finding. Close the loop firmly.