Well, this particular earring project involves more work for the metal wire than for the beads themselves, but here goes!
These beaded hoop earrings are inspired by Anthropologieès earrings, and the great thing is you don’t really even need to know beading to be able to make these.
Materials you’ll need though:
– Shiny seed beads or faceted small beads
– Thin wire (she used 4cm here)
– Optional – pliers (you can just break the wire with your hands usually though)
– Earring hooks
String the beads onto the wire, and then wrap them 4 or 5 times, leaving as many beads as you want on each loop. Then at the end you wrap the excess wire around the hoops a bunch of times and attach an earring hook. For more about these Anthropologie-inspired beaded hoop earings or more from Hapiness Wherever, click here.
Easy Beading Tutorial for Beginners - Free
Whether your a beading expert who just wants something fun and easy to do in a few minutes, or a beginner who really needs a simple beading tutorial (and a free beading tutorial) or they will just be overwhelmed, this beaded ring will definitely do the trick! For most beaders, each bead ring will take about 10 minutes to make, and they take very minimal materials!
All you need for these beaded rings are: Your thread plus one needle; then you add your beads in this pattern: 1 gold, 2 white, 2 gold, 2 white, 1 gold (or you might be using different colors, too).
Once you have one set of these beads, you loop them and tie them, and then cut off your excess string.
Then you feed your needle through half of your beads (4 beads), string an additional 4 beads, and then push your needle back through the same place you just did, thereby making a second “loop.” You now see how this ring proceeds. You just keep going until the ring fits around your finger. You can also keep going to make a beaded bracelet instead of a ring! This picture explains it:
At the end, you feed your needle back through the other end of the ring (through 4 beads), tie it off, and cut off the excess. Easy beading pattern for beginners for sure. This pattern is by Beading Tutorials. You can watch a video of them making one here:
Make Beaded Jewelry Like This
When I was little, we spent quite a bit of time in the car. Some of it was for my parents’ job, some because our relatives were spread out across the U.S. from California to Florida, and sometimes we just wanted to go on a road trip. I always brought things with me to keep myself occupied, although what I brought changed with the years. First it was toys, then books, then a Discman, and eventually, I learned how to do a variety of crafts, including crochet, cross-stitch, and beading. My friend Lydia was the main inspiration for my desire to learn beading. Art came intuitively to her, and often in forms that were arranged inside the dollhouse she’d designed. I still have two beading projects she made and gave to me – a beaded mat with a butterfly pattern for my own dollhouse, and a journal that she hand-sewed and beaded painstakingly together for a school assignment.
If you think of beading as something for experts, or dedicated hobbyists, you may want to check out a few books from the library, or watch a few videos on YouTube, like the one below. Beading is an enjoyable, meditative craft that requires few materials and whatever time you have available. It’s a craft you can keep coming back to over a period of weeks, months, or even years. To start your own beading adventure, you’ll only really need the following items: fishing line (later you can graduate to wire, elastic, or leather), beads (pony beads, seed beads, and wooden beads are great for beginners, but if you’re feeling fancy you can always order glass, porcelain, or metal beads later), scissors, felt, thread, and a needle.
Depending on your project and pattern, you may also need leather, cardboard, tracing paper, a pencil (chalk, soap, or charcoal also work), safety pins, and either a toggle and clasp (useful for necklaces, anklets, and bracelets), brooch backings, earring hooks, and glue. You can also substitute for what you don’t have with handy kitchen tools like wax paper and tinfoil, skewers, and rubber bands. You can also use other craft items such as rhinestones, feathers, crystals, chain, and magazines. Experiment and find which materials work best for you.
What you’ll want to do first is find a simple pattern to transfer onto your backing, which should be firm enough to hold plenty of beads without drooping. Then you’ll choose your beads and get to work sewing them onto the backing. You can also add buttons, fabric, lace, or other standout objects to the brooch with glue. After you’re done sewing the beads on, attach a brooch pin. You’re done!
Interested in trying out a beading pattern? This brooch on YouTube is fun, but if you’d rather go for something inspired by nature, you can try the instructions found on Podelki (Google does a pretty good job at translating the page and the instructions, but there are also plenty of photos with step-by-step, simple instructions).