Halloween Web Earrings Project With Preciosa Seed Beads
February 22, 20234 min read
If you are already confident with the basics of jewellery making with Preciosa Seed Beads and wish to try your hand at something more intricate, this project is a great way to advance your bead craft.
The full list of Preciosa seed beads, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:
With your threaded needle, begin by grabbing 6 x Jet Hem Preciosa Seed Beads. Pull them down your thread until they are roughly 4cm away from the end. Thread back up through the same beads again in the same direction, so that when you pull the thread tight the beads coil into a circle. Tie the two threads together to secure the loose end and trim off the excess. This circle of beads will be the centre of the spider web.
You are now going to start building the straight lines that shoot out from the centre of the web, which we are going to call the arms. With your needle grab your next sequence of rocailles in this order:
Jet Hem x 3
Amethyst x 1
Jet Hem x 3
Amethyst x 1
Jet Hem x 1
Amethyst x 1
Pull the thread tight and loop round the last Amethyst bead and back down into the last Jet Hem bead, so that your needle is now facing towards the centre of the web.
Grab 1 x Jet Hem bead with your needle and then skip around the next Amethyst bead, passing your needle into and through the next 3 Jet Hem beads.
Repeat Step 4, this should bring your needle back to the centre circle and you have now completed the first arm of the spider web.
Pass your needle through one bead within the centre circle and then repeat Steps 2 to 5 to build the next arm of the spider web. You are going to repeat this process 6 times.
Now start connecting the arms to each other. To do this pass your needle up through the first 3 Jet Hem beads of one of the arms and out through the extra Jet Hem bead that is sticking out to the side.
Grab 3 x Jet Hem bead and then pass your needle into the Amethyst bead of the next arm along and out through the Jet Hem bead on the other side.
Repeat Step 7 five more times until you have formed the inner hexagon.
Now you are going to build the outer hexagon, to do this pass your needle up through the next 3 Jet Hem beads of the arm you are currently in and out through the extra Jet Hem bead that is sticking out to the side.
Grab 8 x Jet Hem bead and then pass your needle into the Amethyst bead of the next arm along and out through the Jet Hem bead on the other side. This should deliberately over-fill the space between the arms slightly so that the line of beads will curve, adding to the spider web appearance.
Repeat Step 10 five more times until you have formed the outer hexagon.
You are now going to create the loop at the top, which will connect to the Ear Wire. To do this pass your needle up through the last Amethyst bead on the end of the arm you are currently in, so that your complete spider web is now handing off the end of your thread.
Grab 6 x Amethyst beads, pull tight and then thread back through the first Amethyst bead, creating an oval loop.
Pass your needle back through the whole loop a second time to reinforce it. Then continue to thread back through the entire outer hexagon, to add strength to the overall design. Then tie off your thread and cut away the excess.
Now you are going to attach the spider web to the ear wire. Using Chain Nose Pliers twist open the loop at the bottom of the Fishhook Ear Wire and thread on the beaded web via the loop of Amethyst beads at the top. Then use your Chain Nose Pliers to reclose the loop of the fishhook using a twisting motion.
Repeat steps 1 to 12 to create the second earring.