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Alpine Flower SuperDuo Earring Tutorial
Created by: Amy Mickelson
Thread needle onto comfortable length (36-48”) of bead cord and condition. Depending on the type of cording you choose, you may want to double it.
Add 12 beads to the cord (alternating between one size 11 seed bead, and one SuperDuo).
Leave about a 3-6” tail, form a circle and tie a surgeon’s knot to secure.
Go back through all the beads a second time, bringing the cord out through a hole on a SuperDuo.
Bring thread back through the top hole in the same SuperDuo.
Add 1 SuperDuo (in second color), 1 size 11, and 1 SuperDuo (in second color) and string cord through top hole of the next SuperDuo (from the previous row).
Continue to add beads like the previous step all the way around, and again bring the thread through the work a second time to provide stiffness and extra security.
Bring thread through the top hole of a SuperDuo (which has a seed bead next to the bottom hole).
To create a loop for the earwire, add one size 11, five size 15’s, one size 11 and pass through the top hole of the next SuperDuo.
Add a SuperDuo (same color as the two duo below it in the previous row) and pass the thread through the top hole of the next Duo from the previous row. Add one size 11, one SuperDuo (in the second color), one size 11 and pass through the next Duo.
Repeat this last step all the way around, and pass the thread through all the beads a second time for security and to add stiffness to the design.
Weave extra thread and tail thread back through the design and cut the excess.
For a fancier pair of earrings, add a crystal briolette with two size 15s on each side, on the opposite end from the earwire loop.