Pair of beaded owl earrings – with big eyes. This pair matches the Karlyn Beaded Owl necklace from the previous post.
Summary Visual How-To Steps: Beaded Owl Earrings I
Below is a pictorial summary of the steps taken to make the beaded owl earrings. For the experienced or anyone just refreshing their memory, it is a quick and efficient way to proceed. For anyone needing more specifics, detailed steps and accompanying photos are below.
How to Make Beaded Owl Earrings I
To make the beaded owl earrings, let’s start with the body. First, this is what the body will look like when you are finished. (I find that it helps to have a finished visual when one is going through the steps.) You will note that I have:
- a top loop (used to help secure the owl’s eyes later on)
- 3 drop beads for “wings” on each side, and
- 2 little “feet” at the bottom
The Swarovski rivoli used for making the owl’s body is a 14mm crystal rivoli (colour: Fuchsia). We will be using Peyote stitch to do the beaded bezel for the rivoli.
Thread length: approx. 3 feet
IMPORTANT: to make the scallop inner edging, you need not to have a multiple of 4 beads (e.g. 32, 36, 40, etc.)
Add legs and top loop
Now we are going to add the “legs” and the “top loop”.
Both the “legs” and the “top loop” will be added along Row 1.
There is one Turquoise 11/0 seed bead between each “leg”.
Then continue working in peyote weave (with 11/0 Turquoise seed beads) till you get to the top where you will make the “top loop”. The “top loop” is made of [1x 11/0 Turquoise seed bead + 4x 15/0 Crystal AB seed beads].
And there should be [6x Turquoise 11/0 seed bead] between each “leg” and the “top loop”.
As much as possible, thread along Row 1. This will tighten and strengthen the “top loop” and the “legs”. Work along till just before where you think you want your wings to be, then step up to Row 2.
For the “wings”, add 3x long drop beads (gold). Then continue threading through Row 1 to continue strengthening the piece till you get to the other side where the corresponding “wings” are about to be begin. Step up to Row 2 again and make the corresponding “wings” on the other side.
Here are a couple of close-ups of the “wings” along Row 2.
Once you have the owl’s bodies done (2 pieces for a pair of earrings), we shall make the “eyes”.
Using Delica beads, ladder stitch around the round bead.
Finish off. And make the other eye.
Additionally, join both eyes to each other for a bit more stability.
To Make the Owl’s “Eyebrows”
Refer to following image to see what I mean by “eyebrows”. You might also note that I have incorporated a (soldered closed) jump ring at the top. This will be worked into the eyebrow as we make it. The closed jump ring will then facilitate an easy attachment to ear wires later on.
The “eyebrows” are created by making a peyote stitch warped square.
Thread length: apprx. 3 feet
Begin with [4x 11/0 seed beads] – thread tightly twice into a circle. Fit in a 5mm sterling silver soldered close jump ring over the 4 beads. Then begin Row 2, catching and securing the jump ring, as shown below.
Work 6 rows (as per peyote stitch warped square) in the 11/0 orange. Then one row of silver trimming in Silver Delica. Note that you will only have ONE bead at the top tips (the round 11/0 rocaille) and [2x silver Delica] for the bottom tips. Then a second row of silver Delica trimming along one straight edge. Pause at the bottom tip – this is where we will join to the body…
Then join to owl’s beaded “eyebrow” to its body as follows. Continue adding the second row of silver Delica trimming along the straight edges till you get to the back’s lower tip. Attach the eyebrow in same way to the back of the body. Continue all round. Remember to thread through all beads at the outer edges and at the joining points again for a sturdier, stronger finish.
When you have completed the owl, you can attach ear wires.
Beaded Owl Earrings I – Finished Photos
Here I have used .925 Sterling Silver Bali earwires.
Status: g15 0JL SOLD~(to Christina Gillett, Mar 2017. 20% discount & free SH)
- Swarovski Rivoli Crystal, 14mm, Fuchsia
- .925 Bali Sterling Silver Ear Wires
- .925 Sterling Silver rings
- Long drop beads, 3×5.5mm, Galvanised Gold
- Toho 11/0 rocailles (Opaque Turquoise, Galvanised Aluminum, Silver Lined Frosted Hyacinth)
- Miyuki Delicas (Opaque Turquoise AB, Lime Lined AB Hex Cut, Dark Topaz)
- Miyuki 15/0, (Sterling plated, Transparent Crystal Ivory Gold Lustre)
As I said earlier, this Beaded Owl Earrings I, complements the Karlyn owl necklace from the previous post. As you can see in this accompanying photo, there is still another beaded owl earring II to come 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed this how-to make a beaded owl earrings. Namaste and keep on being crafty!