Design Instructions

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Supplies needed

  • 2    SF 2mm Bead Earwires    (90-8120-10)
  • 2    Radiant Rings    (94-3112-61)
  • 2    Yin Yang Charms    (94-2405-12)
  • 2    2mm Taj Cord Ends    (01-0210-61)
  • 20    3mm Faceted Beads (D Bead)    (93-0422-12)
  • 2    5mm Round Jump Rings    (01-0020-01)
  • 6    4mm Round Jump Rings    (01-0024-01)
  • 18    5mm 2 Hole Half Tila Seed Beads (A Bead: Opaque Turquoise AB shown)
  • 36    2mm Cube Beads (B Bead: Toho Red Opaque shown)
  • 18    5mm 2 Hole Tila Seed Beads (C Bead: Beige/Pink Picasso shown)
  • 50    Size 10 Cylinder Beads (F Bead: 3 Cut Bronze Metallic Shown)
  • Beading thread or cord for tassels (Nylon beading thread shown)
  • Fireline, 4lb (Crystal) or similar

Tools

  • beading needles
  • thread cutter
  • chain nose pliers
  • sharp nose tweezers
  • adhesive
  • scissors
  • business card or similar
  • Optional: beading awl for adjusting tension between beads

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Size: Approx. 3”

Designer: Tracy Gonzales

Download the Tila Mosaic Earrings PDF

Watch our technique videos playlist on YouTube (look for videos on cord ends and jump rings).

 

Tip: This project assumes basic knowledge of seed beading techniques. Pay attention to fronts and backs of tila beads†!

Steps

  1. Tassels: Cut two 6” pieces of tassel thread. Set aside. Pick up card. Wrap thread around to thickness that will fit inside cord end. Thread one 6” piece underneath wrap at top. Knot tightly. Repeat at bottom with second 6” piece. Slide wrap off card and cut in half. Apply drop of glue into one cord end. Use tweezers to insert top of one tassel. Repeat with second cord end. Allow to dry. Trim as needed.

  2. Earrings: Thread needle with wingspan of Fireline. Knot one end securely to Radiant Ring leaving 6” tail.

  3. Row 1: Pass needle through one hole of one A bead†. Slide bead to ring, then pass through second hole, behind and through ring, and back through hole. Pull snug. *Position next bead, pass needle through first hole, behind and through ring, and back through hole. Pass through second hole, behind and through ring, and back through hole. Pull snug.* Repeat * through * 7 times.
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  4. Row 2: String on two B beads. Pass needle through second hole of A, behind and through ring, then back through A and second B. *String one B. Pass through next A, behind and through ring, then back through A and B.* Repeat * through * pattern 15 times to end of Row 1.
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  5. Row 3: String on first hole of one C bead then one D. Pass back through C, B, A, behind and through ring, then back through A, B, and C. *Pass needle through second hole of C, B, and A, through next A and B, then string on first hole of new C. String one D, then pass through second hole of previous C and through first hole of new C again. Pull snug.* Repeat * through * six times. On final C pass behind and through ring, and up through all beads.
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  6. Row 4: String one D. †Pass back through all beads, behind and through ring and through A, B, and C again. Pass through D from outside.†
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  7. *String 2 F beads, then pass through next D*. Repeat * through * 8 times, using 2 or 3 F beads depending on fit. Repeat † through † and pass back through all of Row 4. Weave through a few beads, knotting 2-3 times to secure. Trim thread.

  8. Rethread needle onto tail. Weave through a few beads. Trim as necessary.

  9. Use one 4mm jump ring to attach tassel at center of Row 4.

  10. Attach one 5mm jump ring to Radiant Ring. Use one 4mm jump ring to attach earwire to 5mm jump ring, and one 4mm jump ring to attach charm. 

  11. Repeat Steps 2-10 for second earring.