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Skill Level

Intermediate

Time Required A few hours - can complete pair of earrings in a weekend Materials Size 11 Seed Beads %arwires Bead 'ips )latnose or *hainnose +liers 'hread Snips Beading ,eedle 'hread Accent Beads Comments I used a main color and a contrast color. Smaller beads work well (e.g., 1 s or 1!s", but larger beads will #ield hea$# earrings. &r other earring findings. Bu# them or make #our own. &ptional. I like to hang the beadwork from beadtips because the dangles swing freel# and the thread isn(t damaged during wear. )or attaching bead tip to earwire. I used m# wire cutters. I used a size 1- beading needle. I used size . ,#mo. +ersonall#, I find other t#pes of thread too stiff for this techni/ue. ,#mo B is great with size 1011! beads. &ptional. I used a pair of 0-mm beads for the white earrings and a pair of 2-mm beads for the tutorial.

*oraling is eas#, but it does re/uire that #ou ha$e practice controlling #our thread tension. Also, it uses a large number of beads and takes a bit of time. )eel free to $ar# the number of beads between branches, the length of the branches, etc. 3a$e fun4 'o start, cut at least a meter of #our chosen thread. If desired, condition #our thread with beeswa5 or 'hread 3ea$en. If #ou can, it(s better to work with a single long thread than to ha$e to add thread, since adding thread will make it harder to keep the beads under tension. I threaded one seed bead onto the string, let it fall about a third of the wa# down the string, and tied a knot around it. +ut both ends of the thread through a bead tip. 'his bead will support the beadwork.

6sing the shorter strand, string on 1 seed bead, #our accent bead, and 0- main color seed beads (this will be the final length of #our earring, so ad7ust it longer or shorter as desired b# adding or subtracting beads in multiples of three".

*ongratulations. 'ighten the tension so there are no gaps between the beads. &n the other hand. +ass back through the two main color beads.String on three accent beads. #ou ha$e completed #our first pair of branches4 +ass back through the ne5t ! beads. Add 0 main color beads and three contrast color beads. if #ou are using +ower +ro or another fluoropol#mer. Add two main color beads and three contrast beads. so #ou want the tension such that there are no gaps between beads #et loose enough for the beadwork to be fluid. the two ne5t 9 main color beads of this branch and then through the ne5t beads toward the bead tip (total of : beads #ou go back through". 8o back through the last two main color seed beads. +ass back through the two main color beads. If #ou are using n#mo or an# other n#lon thread. . Ad7ust #our tension. Add two main color beads and three contrast color beads. remember that it stretches o$er time. +ass back through the last 9 main color beads. going toward the bead tip. so #our beadwork needs to be fairl# tight. remember that this thread will not stretch.

+ass back through the last two main color. . =ake the ne5t stem with branches. +ass back through the : main color on the (branch( and (stem(. 'hread up through the accent bead and bead tip. go through the bead in the bead tip (reinforcing #our thread". +ass through the main color beads to come out 7ust below the accent bead. and pass back through the (stem( beads. I ran the thread through se$eral branches to secure it and cut the thread. Add 9 main color and three contrast. tie a knot using the other thread. 'his thread should be dangling from the base of the accent bead. 'hread #our needle on the other end of the thread and pass it through the seed bead and accent bead so that it is e5iting the accent bead.)rom here on. *ontinue making branches until #ou are within ! beads of the accent bead. #ou are 7ust repeating the pre$ious step. Add three contrast beads and pass back through the last 9 main color beads. going toward the bead tip. I added 9< main color beads. Add 9 main color beads and accent beads. +ass back through the last 9 main color beads and the ne5t ! main color beads on the stem (: main color beads total". Add 0 main color and contrast. .ou will continue this pattern until #ou are as near the bead tip as #ou like (!-< beads for me".

3ere(s a finished earring. . *ut the thread. =ake a second earring to match the first. #ou can knot #our thread or work it back through se$eral branches to secure it. >hen #ou are finished. 6se pliers to attach the bead tip to the earring finding. If #ou en7o#ed making these earrings. #ou ma# be interested in ?ar$ara(s book of coraling patterns for necklaces.=ake the third stem1branch identical to the second stem1branch.