This free beading pattern makes a pretty pair of mandala earrings using a flat circular peyote stitch. It's a perfect first project for someone just learning flat circular peyote.
This project looks great in a variety of colors and uses dagger beads as an additional accent but it would look equally as good without them.
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Materials You'll Need
To make this pair of earrings, you will need the following beads and materials:
- 2 grams each of the following size 11 Delica beads: DB 609 Silver Lined Dark Purple (A); DB 1347 Dyed Silver Lined Lilac (B); DB 158 Opaque Rainbow Lavender Cream (C)
- 1 gram size 15 Japanese seed beads, purple lined purple AB
- 12 Czech pressed glass dagger beads, 15mm x 6mm, transparent amethyst
- Fireline beading thread, 6 lb. test
- 1 pair sterling silver ear wires or earring findings
- Size 12 beading needle
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- Scissors or thread cutter
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Add 1 C in between each A from the previous round.
Pass through the first C added in this round.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Add one C between each of the beads from the previous round.
At this point, it's better to keep your tension loose. It's okay if you can see a little bit of thread in between beads—that will disappear with the addition of the next few rounds.
Pass through the first C added at the beginning of this round.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Adding the Daggers
Make sure that you are exiting one of the "up" beads from the last round.
Pick up 2 A, 1 dagger, and 2 A.
Skip the next B bead and pass through the third B bead from where you are exiting. If you are exiting from an "up" bead, you will pass through one of the pairs of B beads added in the next to last round.
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Finish Adding the Daggers
Continue to add daggers in this manner until you have added a total of 6 daggers.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Add a Hanging Loop
Weave your working thread into the beadwork until you are exiting a bead at the top of the earring that is directly above the center of your row of daggers.
Pick up 10 size 15 beads and pass back into the beadwork.
Repeat the thread path a few times to strengthen the loop.
Weave your working thread into the beadwork, tie a few half-hitch knots and then trim the thread close to the beadwork. Do not tie the knots too tightly or the beadwork may begin to pull and pucker.
Weave in the thread tail and trim close to the beadwork.
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