Bead&Button

HALF MOON EARRINGS

DIFFICULTY

cubic right-angle weave

BASE

1) On a comfortable length of thread, and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, use color A 11° seed beads to work a cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) strip that is 13 units long (figure 1). End and add thread as needed.

2) Using As, work a CRAW unit off one side of the last CRAW unit to form a corner unit. Continue to work in CRAW off the corner unit to add five more CRAW units (figure 2).

3) Using As, work a joining unit to connect the last unit added to the side of the first unit to form a half-moon shape, making sure the CRAW strip is not twisted (figure 3) (only the top view of the CRAW shape is shown in the remaining figures for clarity).

4) Sew through the beadwork as needed to exit the bottom A on the top surface in the end unit of the 13 unit strip, with the needle facing away from the edge (figure 4, point a).

5) Pick up an A, and sew through the next A along the bottom edge on the top surface of the beadwork (a–b). Repeat this stitch six times to complete the row (b–c).

6) Sew through the next two As on the top surface in the same end unit to exit the A along the outside edge (c–d). Work as in step 5 to add As along the outside edge on the top surface (d–e).

7) Sew through to the bottom surface and flip the beadwork over. Work as in steps 6–5 to add As along the outside and inside edges on the bottom surface. Sew through the beadwork to exit the inside-edge A on the top surface in the next unit as shown (figure 5, point a)

8) Pick up a color C 15° seed bead, and sew through the next A along the inside edge of the top surface (a–b). Repeat this stitch nine times (b–c). Sew through the beadwork to the bottom surface to exit the corresponding inside-edge A, and repeat these stitches to add Cs to the bottom surface.

FRINGE EMBELLISHMENT

1) Sew through the beadwork as needed to exit the top-surface outside edge A in the end unit on the right side, with the needle facing away from the beadwork (figure 6, point a).

2) Pick up a color B 11° seed bead and a color D 15° seed bead, skip the D, and sew back through the B and the A your thread exited at the start of this step to form a one-bead fringe (a–b). Sew through the next two As on the top surface of this unit as shown (b–c).

3) Work as in step 2, except pick up two Bs to create a two-bead fringe (c–d).

4) Work as in step 2, except pick up three Bs to create a three-bead fringe (d–e).

5) Pick up four Bs and a D, skip the D, and sew back through the last two Bs just picked up (e–f), pulling the thread tight to form the first branch of the fringe. Pick up two Bs and a D, skip the D, and sew back through the two Bs just added to form the second branch of the fringe. Continue back through the first two Bs added and the A your thread exited at the start of this step to complete the fringe (f–g). Sew through the next two As on the top surface of this unit (g–h).

6) Work as in step 5, except pick up three Bs on the second branch (h–i).

7) Work as in step 5 to form the first branch of the fringe (i–j). Pick up four Bs and a D, skip the D, and sew back through the last two Bs just added to form the second branch (j–k). Pick up two Bs and a D, skip the D, and sew back through the two Bs just added to form the third branch (k–l). Sew back through the next four Bs and back through the A your thread exited at the start of this step (l–m). Sew through the next two As on the top surface of this unit (m–n).

FIGURE 1
FIGURE 2
FIGURE 3
FIGURE 4
FIGURE 5
FIGURE 6

11° seed bead, color A

11° seed bead, color B

15° seed bead, color C

15° seed bead, color D

materials

turquoise earrings 1¼ x 1¼ in. (3.2 x 3.2 cm)

• 11° seed beads - 2 g color A (Toho 132, opaque lustered turquoise) - 2 g color B (Toho 34F, silver-lined frosted smoky topaz)
• 15° seed beads - 1 g color C (Toho 34, silver-lined smoky topaz) - 1 g color D (Toho 132, opaque lustered turquoise)
1 pair of earring findings
2 8 mm jump rings
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #11 or #12
2 pairs of chainnose, bent nose, and/or flatnose pliers

Find info for the alternate colorways at FacetJewelry.com/resourceguide

Find basics online:

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• ending and adding thread
• opening and closing jump rings

8) Work as in step 7, except pick up three Bs when forming the third branch (n–o).

9) To complete the fringe embellishment on the top surface, work as before but go in reverse order, starting with step 8 and ending with step 2 after adding the one-bead fringe.

10) Sew through the beadwork to exit the bottom-surface outside edge A in the end unit on the left side, with the needle facing away from the beadwork.

11) Work as in steps 2–9 to add the fringe embellishment on the bottom surface of the beadwork.

12) Locate the outside-face center A between the top and bottom surface of the earring. Attach an 8 mm jump ring under the A (photo). Attach the loop of an ear wire to the jump ring.

13) Make a matching earring.

Iulia Postica

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To find all the basic CRAW techniques, visit FacetJewelry.com/resourceguide