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Western Waterfall Earrings

About this design:

Wonderful waterfall seed bead earrings in a southwest colorway. Designed by Tracy Proctor.

Tip: Keep thread tension tight but not overly tight throughout. Don't miss any beads when passing needle back through strands. Do smooth each strand before starting next to make sure there is no excess slack in thread. Seed beads can be insconsistent in size. Choose similarly sized beads for best results.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

2 Concho Clip-on Earring 2 Desert Landscape Link
2 Oval Jump Ring Size 11 Round Seed Beads, off-white A Size 11 Round Seed Beads, turquoise B Size 11 Round Seed Beads, red-brown C Size 11 Round Seed Beads, silver D Braided or Bonded Beading Thread, white


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

  Step 1:
Cut a 4' piece of thread. Thread needle onto one end.
Step 2:
Tie other end to bottom opening of link using a double overhand knot, leaving a 4" tail. Pull tight and position knot on outside edge.
Step 3:
Pick up 2 A beads and bring down to knot. In Step 4 the second bead will be flipped over to lie next to the first.
Step 4:
Pass needle behind and through opening then up through second bead. Pull to take up slack.
Step 5:
Pick up 1 A bead and repeat Step 4.
Step 6:
Repeat Steps 4-5 six times for a total of 9 A beads.
Step 7:
Row 1: Pick up 1 D bead, 12 B beads, 1 D bead, 14 A beads, 1 D bead, 1 B bead, 1 D bead, 4 C beads and 1 D bead. Bring all beads to A bead on link. Skipping final D bead pass needle back through all beads including original A bead, then down through next A bead.
Step 8:
Rows 2-9 - Repeat Step 8 eight times following the patterns below, exiting through the first A bead (Fig 7):
Row 2: 1 A, 1 D, 12 B, 1 D, 13 A, 1 D, 2 B, 5 C, 1 D
Row 3: 1 A, 1 D, 10 B, 1 D, 1 C, 1 D, 11 A, 1 D, 4 B, 1 D, 7 C, 1 D
Row 4: 3 A, 1 D, 7 B, 1 D, 4 C, 1 D, 8 A, 1 D, 5 B, 1 D, 9 C, 1 D
Row 5: 3 A, 1 D, 7 B, 1 D, 4 C, 1 D, 7 A, 1 D, 7 B, 1 D, 10 C, 1 D
Row 6: 4 A, 1 D, 5 B, 1 D, 6 C, 1 D, 5 A, 1 D, 9 B, 1 D, 7 C, 1 D
Row 7: 6 A, 1 D, 3 B, 1 D, 8 C, 1 D, 2 A, 1 D, 9 B, 1 D, 6 C , 1 D
Row 8: 6 A, 1 D, 2 B, 1 D, 10 C, 1 D, 9 B, 1 D, 6 C, 1 D
Row 9: 5 A, 1 D, 2 B, 1 D, 9 C, 1 D, 9 B, 1 D, 6 C, 1 D
  Step 9:
Pass needle back down through previous spacer bead, then form an overhand knot between spacer and A bead (pass needle around thread to form loop then pass needle through loop and pull tight).
  Step 10:
Pass needle down through strand of beads to bottom, then remove needle and carefully trim thread.
  Step 11:
Thread needle onto tail and repeat Step 11, passing through a few beads before removing needle and trimming.
  Step 12:
Open one jump ring and attach to top of teardrop. Before closing attach loop of clip-on earring. Close jump ring.
  Step 13:
Repeat Steps 1-12 for second earring.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful southwestern earringś! I love that you suggested several other color combinations that could be used.

  2. BevB
    BevB says:

    I agree with Pam. I can see Robin and/or Beady making these earrings.

  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Bev, I was just thinking about it while reading the instructions before I read your comment -too funny!

  4. BevB
    BevB says:

    Robin – you know you can totally do it. You could make the earrings in all 3 metal colors. I bet you could even do something a little different to make it your own design

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful. Love the southwest feel. So pretty.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence Bev!

  6. BevB
    BevB says:

    You’re welcome, Beady! You are a master beader. You can do anything with seed beads.

  7. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    Caught my eye right away.

  8. Chali-o
    Chali-o says:

    What a fun pair of earrings! Great pattern

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    WOW! Great use of the new western findings–and you picked the perfect colors to go along with them! :)

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Forgot to mention–Thanks for the instructions!

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