Mixing seed beads of two different sizes in the same color gives an elegant cluster effect for very little effort.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- size 6/0 seed beads
- matching size 11/0 seed beads
- a pair of French hooks or kidney wires
- Nymo thread, size B, in a coordinating color. (Size D is too heavy for how many times the thread passes through the beads.)
- sharp scissors or other cutting device
- short, sharp beading needles
Step 2: First Triangle
String large and small seed beads as follows oOooOooOo
(That is, one small, one large, two small, one large, two small, one large.)
Pass back through them in the same direction to form a tight loop. Remove the waste bead.
Step 3: Second Triangle
Pass back through the adjacent edge of the first triangle so that now there are two triangles back-to-back.
Step 4: Last Edge
String oOo (one small, one large, one small).
Step 5: Base Tetrahedron
Pass the needle in triangles through all edges until it feels firm. There should be at least one thread passing between every pair of adjacent small seed beads.
Step 6: First Triangle Off Base Tetrahedron
Pass back through the same edge of the tetrahedron that you came out of. Pull tight. Run the needle through an edge of the new triangle so that the working thread is coming out of the point.
Step 7: First Stellation
Pass the needle through a second edge of the triangular face of the base tetrahedron. Now you have two back-to-back tetrahedra. Run the needle around all edges of the new tetrahedron until it feels firm.
Finish with the working thread exiting one of the edges of the original base tetrahedron.
Step 8: Second Stellation
Step 9: Third Stellation
Step 10: Fourth Stellation
Step 11: Hanging Loop
Go around the triangular face and come up at the same point. Pass the needle back through the six beads in the opposite direction and back through the edge you started from. Pull tight to form a hanging loop.
Step 12: Finishing
Attach French hook or kidney wire and you are done with the first earring!