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How to Crochet With Beads

I was watching a craft show on PBS a couple of weeks ago, and saw this method for crocheting with beads.  Instead of threading all of your beads onto the yarn before you start crocheting, you can add each bead as you go.

crochet with beads

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hook
  • Beads
  • Small piece of wire

Watch the video for details!

Beaded Earrings

I’ve been making a lot of jewelry recently for lupus awareness.  I have several friends who have lupus, but this jewelry could be made with any color of beads or charms.  I chose purple, butterflies, and ribbons because I’m making jewelry for my friends to use as prizes as they fundraise for the Walk to End Lupus Now in Indianapolis in September.

Lupus Awareness Earrings

These earrings are similar to a pair I’ve made before, only bigger.

Materials:

4 eye pins

8 seed beads

2 small beads

2 larger beads

2 charms

Round-nosed jewelry pliers

Wire cutters (I have a pair of 2-in-1 round-nosed/wire cutter pliers)

Two earring bases (I chose fishhook earrings)

 

Getting Started

Start by choosing which beads and charms you would like to use.  I’ve always heard that odd numbers are pleasing to the eye, so I chose three items for my earrings–one bead, one butterfly charm, and one ribbon charm for each earring for a total of six items.  The butterfly charm is more like a bead, which is why this earring can be made with two charms.  Do not choose two charms that only have one ring to attach it to the jewelry.

I think it’s easiest to start with the bottom of the earring.

Open the eye pinStep One

With the jewelry pliers, gently pull the eye of the pin open a small amount.  Slide the charm into the opening of the pin.  Using the pliers, gently close the pin again so the charm is firmly attached.

Step Two

SCreate an eyelide a seed bead, the middle bead, and another seed bead onto the straight part of the pin attached to the charm.  Cut off any excess, leaving enough to make an eye at the end.  Slide a new eye pin onto the pin with beads and use the round-nosed pliers to create an eye around the eye of the next pin.  The two pins should now be attached.

Finished earringStep Three

Slide a seed bead, the final bead, and another seed bead onto the straight part of the pin, and cut off any excess.  Slide the eye of the earring onto the final pin, and use the pliers to create an eye around the eye of the earring.  All of the pieces should now be firmly attached.

All you have to do now is wear your finished earrings!

 

What’s next?

I’ll be making a couple bracelets and some more earrings, all for lupus awareness!

Jewelry 101 – Bauble Earrings

A bauble is a shiny trinket, so when I make earrings that are just a simply shiny bead hanging from the ear, I call them bauble earrings.  These earrings are very easy to make.

3-in-1 pliers

These pliers can cut wire, create eyes, and pinch crimp beads.

Materials

3-in-1 jewelry pliers

2 Fish hook earring findings

2 Jewelry end pins (also called head pins)

2 pretty beads

4 seed beads

Getting started

end pin and eye pin

The one on top is an end pin, the bottom one is an eye pin.

There are two types of jewelry pins–end pins and eye pins.  End pins look like the end of a sewing pin, and eye pins have a loop at one end.  Choosing which you need for a project is easy when you think about the purpose of each type.  An eye is meant to be connected to another eye, such as in making a chain or connecting to a clasp.  And end pin is used when nothing is connected to the end, and a bead needs to be prevented from sliding off the pin.  When using an end pin, you’ll need to create an eye on the opposite end using jewelry pliers so you can connect the pin to the jewelry.

Placing the beads

forming the eye

The pliers are tapered so you can make larger or smaller eyes.

Sometimes the hole is a bead is too large for the end pin.  To make sure that’s not an issue, I almost always include a seed bead in between the end of the pin and the central bead.  Then I put another seed bead on top so it looks symmetrical.

Cutting and forming the eye

Keeping all the beads on the end pin, trim any excess metal with the cutting function of the 3-in-1 pliers.  This takes practice to know how big you typically form your eye, but it’s better to err on the side of cutting off too little rather than too much.  Then clasp the cut end of the pin between the round parts of the pliers, and roll the pliers to create a circle.  Do not close the circle entirely yet.

Finishing the earring

finished earring

Close up the eye and you’re done!

Take the fish hook finding and look your mostly finished eye through the eye of the earring.  Keeping the two eyes linked, use the round pliers to finish closing off the eye you created on the cut part of the end pin.

What’s next?

Next I’ll write a two-parter about baby blankets.  One blanket is super easy and very quick to make, the other took a long time but looks more unique.