Free Beading Project Idea: Fluorite Hoops

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Fluorite Hoops

Fluorite Hoops by Jamie Hogsett

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
Soft Flex Beading Wire in Fluorite color, .019 diameter - 48"
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 3 pcs
Silver Ear Wires - 1 pair
Green size 11° seed beads - 32 pcs
Czech Glass Beads - 4 pcs

Tools
Cutters
Crimping Pliers
Bead Stoppers

Instructions

Finished Size 2 1/8"

Step 1: Cut six 8" pieces of wire.

Step 2: Use 1 crimp tube to string three pieces of wire. Adjust the wires so that the crimp tube is 1 1/2" from the end of one wire and right at the very ends of the other two wires. Crimp the crimp tube. Click here for crimping instructions.

Step 3: Use the shortest of the three long wire ends to string 16 seed beads. Place a Bead Stopper at the end of the wire.

Step 4: Begin braiding the three long wire ends. Every time the wire with the beads lands in the middle of the braid, slide 1 seed bead up into the braid. Continue braiding the wires for about 3 3/4".

Step 5: Use two strands to string 1 crimp tube. Without disturbing the pattern of the braid, gently slide the third wire end into the crimp tube and carefully snug the crimp tube toward the end of the braid. Crimp the crimp tube. Trim the shortest wire end and one other wire end. Do not cut the third wire end.

Step 6: Use one wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 Czech Glass bead, 1 seed bead, and 1 crimp tube. Place a Bead Stopper on the wire end. Use the other wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 Czech Glass beead, and 1 seed bead. Remove the Bead Stopper. Pass the wire through the crimp tube in the opposite direction. Crimp the crimp tube and trim wire ends.

Step 7: Attach 1 ear wire to the hoop, by placing the loop of the ear wire around the middle crimp tube.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 2-7 for the second earring.

Fluorite Hoops by Jamie Hogsett

Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

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Jamie Hogsett is a bead lover, jewelry designer, beading instructor, freelance editor, and the co-author of Show Your Colors. She is the author of Stringing Style and co-author of the Create Jewelry series: Pearls, Crystals, Stones, and Glass. Jamie's work has been published numerous times in Stringing and Beadwork magazines as well as in Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings, Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, Beadwork Creates Beaded Earrings and other books and magazines from Interweave Press.