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Topic: Beaded Fringe Earrings, Yippee!  (Read 2373 times)
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izLeah
« on: September 21, 2007 09:42:46 PM »

hello fellow craftsters! this is my first time posting anything i've made....i'm very excited because i've discovered what a fun addiction beading fringed earrings with the brickstitch is! i've made these pairs already:



the first three i made without a beading needle. yes, i was insane and curious enough to individually thread each of those beads by hand. my eyes and fingers were very angry at me at first, but then they forgave me Smiley the following pairs i was inspired to be more intricate, there's no stopping me now! well...sorta. more on that at the end of this. i have an addiction to the beading isle at hobby lobby now. there is a hobby lobby riiiigght near my house... Wink

and forgive the length of this post...but an important question!!! for these earrings, i have been using singer nylon thread from an old craft stash. i have run out of it! Sad i cannot find it at walmart or hobbylobby. the only thing i can get is this other brand (only one available at walmart and hobby lobby) that is incredibly thin and flimsy. i've tried white beading thread, i hate it. i like the look transparent thread contributes to my earrings. the smallest fishing line i could get my hands on was 8lb line, still too thick, same goes for monofilment. does any one know of a transparent, but thin and durable thread out there i could use for my beading? or know where i could get my hands on some nice singer nylon thread again? i'd love to hear suggestions, and many thanks in advance Smiley


whatcha think? i hope everyone enjoys! i get so much inspiration from everyone's crafts on here!

and for anyone interested, there are tons of brickstitch tutorials on line, but my first inspiration/tutorial came from here:
http://www.shira.net/make-earrings.htm
i used that tutorial, and ran with it! i also spent many hours of researching beaded jewely online.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 12:04:47 AM »

Great job Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007 01:38:50 AM »

These look really cool! Well done.

On the topic of thread, I'd suggest you look at something like Nymo. I also started out using Nylon thread but after a while I found in my older projects like necklaces the thread had begun to stretch which distorts your beading - which seems a shame.

I know what you mean about not wanting your thread visible - one way round this is to use a thread that is closely coloured to the main colour you are using in your piece. The other alternative is to use grey/silver-grey thread instead of white this is less intrusive and tends to disappear when you look at the finished piece.

keep having fun with the beads..oh and welcome to Beadaholics Anonymous
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Hadassah
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007 07:14:18 AM »

Wow!
You have incredible patience! Thanks for the link. I'll have to try my hand at this.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 09:23:38 AM »

nice job! well done for having the patience to work with seed beads Smiley

I also second the nymo
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2007 03:20:41 PM »

These are so beautiful! Really very nice.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2007 07:50:27 AM »

crafyhev-thanks! Smiley

bushbaby- thankyou! by the way, what gorgeous and intricate necklace beadwork you have! woww...
where might i get nymo? i tried looking at hobby lobby, and of course they dont have it at walmart. should i try michaels? i will be so happy once i can start beading again...

hadassah- yeah, i have an insane amount of patience. once day my hands are going to mock me for it when i have arthirtis as an old woman...but hten again, perhaps by then they'll have a cure for it! Wink Cheesy hehe. check out the link. i am not responsible for any pending addictions Cheesy it's really easy. you might flub the first time you try, but dont give up. the more you try it, the better and faster you become.

niruan-thanks! Smiley

italianchildhood-thanks! Smiley
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gallstones
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2007 08:42:30 AM »

If you are serious in wanting a suitable transparent beading thread consider Fireline http://www.bluesagebeads.com/product_p/fireline.htm
It is actually a fishing line and you can probably find it at a local sporting goods store--for a better price. It comes in different gauges and is known for being a bit stiffer than the nylon threads. So that factor may be a detraction or an advantage depending on what you are making.

The link is only one source for example. You can get it other places.

Oh, and you can get Nymo at any beading store--maybe even at a discount store like Wal Mart. You can pre-stretch it, it only has a little give in it. After pulling off the length I'm going to use I firmly grasp each end and tug on it. You will feel it give (stretch) a little.

There is an alternative to Nymo that frays less, C-Lon.
http://beadwork.about.com/od/beadworkbookprodrevs/fr/C_lon_thread.htm  An internet search will yield many suppliers.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2007 09:51:38 AM »


bushbaby- thankyou! by the way, what gorgeous and intricate necklace beadwork you have! woww...
where might i get nymo? i tried looking at hobby lobby, and of course they dont have it at walmart. should i try michaels? i will be so happy once i can start beading again...


You are welcome and thank you! Im afraid I live in the UK so I wouldn't know of any stores you could buy supplies but you should be able to find plenty online.  Grin
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Cayca
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2007 09:41:45 AM »

I love all of these earrings. Somehow every pair I made looked messy. Yours look perfect.
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