Halloween Spider's Web Earrings
To make these earring you will need
- 280 (1.4 grams) of size 11 Matt Black Delica Beads (DB310)
- 12 (0.13 grams) of Matt Black 3mm Bugle Beads
- 24 (0.6 grams) of Matt Black 6mm Bugle Beads
- 2 Small Spider Charms
- 2 Sterling Silver Fish Hook Ear Wires
- About 180cm of Fireline Bead Thread(Smoke, 6lb, Size D)
- 1 Size 10 Beading Needle
Hints and Tips
Cut approximately 90cm of fireline thread and thread it through the size 10 needle. If you have trouble threading it flatten the end of the thread between the nails of your finger and thumb.
Leave a 12cm tail and tie the tail and the working thread together to form a ring.
Take the needle through the next bead in the ring.
Thread on 4 black size 11 delica beads and take the needle through the next bead on the ring to create a little 'branch' coming off the ring.
At this beginning stage you may need to adjust the beads in the branch slightly so that they lie correctly.
Repeat 5 more times to create a total of 6 branches, one between each pair of beads on the ring.
After adding the last branch, bring the thread up through the first two beads on the first branch.
Thread 4 more size 11 beads onto your needle and take the needle back down through the top bead on this branch.
Add 1 size 11 bead and take your needle through the top bead on the next branch.
Repeat around the circle.
When you reach your starting place take your needle up through the top three beads of the first branch.
Repeat steps 6 to 9 again, but this time add a 3mm bugle bead between each branch.
Repeat steps 6 to 9 again, but this time add a 6mm bugle bead between each branch.
Repeat steps 6 to 9 again, but this time add only 3 size 11 seed beads to the top of each branch and add
a size 11 seed bead,
a 6mm bugle bead and
a size 11 seed bead
between each branch.
To strengthen your beadwork, take your needle and thread around the outer edge of web making half-hitch knots at intervals as you go.
Pull firmly but also make sure you keep the beadwork flat by holding it between your thumb and forefinger while you work.
Trim this thread close to your beadwork.
Thread your needle onto the tail you left when you made the first ring. of 6 beads. You are going to use this thread to attach the spider.
Weave your needle up through the beads until you reach the position where you want to attach the spider. I usually place in on the line where I added the 6mm bugle beads.
Sew the spider securely onto the web, through the hole in its bottom, and then finish off this thread by weaving it back through the web, tying more half-hitch knots as you go. Trim this thread close to your beadwork.
(Please note, the spider is blue because the silver one didn't show up very well in the diagram, in real life it is silver-plated)
Open the loop sideways on your Ear Wires.
Thread it through the top of your web and close the loop.
Repeat to make the other earring.
Put your earrings on and go out and be very scary.