These tiny peoyte tapestry earrings look absolutely regal when assembled wiht tiny bits of metal chain. Choose from three different peyote stitch patterns, and change the colors and metals used to suit your own tastes.
1. Materials Needed
To make one pair of earrings, you will need the following materials and tools:
- 2 grams of Japanese cylinder beads in 2 colors
- 2 size 15 seed beads in color to match or contrast with cylinder beads
- 2 large (10-12 mm) accent beads
- 2 sterling silver or gold filled eye pins, 22 gauge, 2 inches long
- 2 pieces of tiny sterling silver or gold filled chain, approximately 2 inches long each (4 inches total)
- 1 pair sterling silver or gold filled ear wires or other earring findings
- Fireline 6lb. beading thread or Wildfire beading thread, in color to match cylinder beads
- Size 12 beading needle
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
3. Add the Dangle
To add the dangle, stitch so that you are exiting the last bead added in the center of the point of the peyote stitched panel.
Pick up 2 cylinder beads, your accent bead, 1 cylinder bead and 1 size 15 bead.
Skip the size 15 bead and pass back through the cylinder bead and the accent bead.
Pick up 2 cylinder beads, and pass through the cylinder bead you exited at the beginning of this step in the opposite direction.
Weave in your thread ends, tying a few half-hitch knots as you go. Trim the thread close to the beadwork.
4. Insert the Eyepin Into the Peyote Panel
Carefully insert the eyepin into the top row of the peyote stitch panel. Be very gentle when inserting the eyepin - you may want to use a pair of pliers to help you gently guide it through the row of "up" beads.
5. Attach the Chain
Make a simple loop on the other end of the headpin and trim excess wire.
Take a 2 inch piece of chain, and count the links to make sure that there are an odd number of links. If necessary, remove a link by cutting with your wire cutters.
Open the loops on the eyepin and attach one side of the chain to each end of the eyepin. Close the loops securely.
6. Add the Earring Finding
Open the loop on the earring finding and add it to the center link of the chain. The chain should be the same length on either side of the earring finding.