Trapeze Earrings

You'll sail through the season with the greatest of ease in our daring (yet oh-so-wearable) Flying Trapeze earrings. Using a gradient of sizes and colors, Miyuki square beads (SB, SB3, and SB18) string together in graceful strands. Starting with simple brick stitch you'll create a small triangle as the base for your square bead loops. Using size 15/0 and size 11/0 seed beads to space the squares allows you to add contrast to your ombre of colors.

Materials:
SB-4513: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Opaque Red Picasso - 1 tube
SB3-190F: Miyuki 3mm Square Matte Nickel Plated - 1 tube
SB18-2008: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Patina Iris - 1 tube
11-2013: 11/0 Matte Metallic Dark Olive Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-2008: 15/0 Matte Metallic Patina Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-06: Brown Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-100: Sterling Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles
505-016: Gold Embroidery Scissor


Trapeze Earring Instructions

1. Begin with a length of thread several feet long. Add three Miyuki 4mm Square beads (SB) and bring them to the center of the thread.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

2. Make a ladder stitch by going through the center SB from left to right.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

3. Pull tight to secure.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

4. Now go down through the third SB.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

5. Pull both tails of the thread to tighten.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

6. There is now a ladder stitch of three Square beads.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

7. Go back up into the center SB.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

8. Pull to secure.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

9. Go down into the next SB to the right.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

10. Pull to secure. This will reinforce the base beads and make it easier to work off of them.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

11. Move the needle to the other end of the thread (at the top left) and add two SBs.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

12. Hook the needle under the loop of thread between the two SBs on the right.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

13. Make sure the needle catches under the loop of thread and does not snag or split it.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

14. Begin to tighten the thread but leave a small loop.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

15. Take the needle and go up through the the newly added SB on the right.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

16. Pull to secure. The second row of SBs should now be sitting centered on top of the base row.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

17. Add one 3mm Square bead (SB3).

Trapeze Earring Instructions

18. Go down into the top left SB and out the center bead of the base row.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

19. Pull to secure.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

20. Go up through to two rightmost SBs.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

21. Cross through the SB3.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

22. String on 13 of the size 15/0 seed beads.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

23. Pass through the SB3 again (going from right to left) forming a loop.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

24. Reinforce this loop one or two more times and them sew in this end of the thread and trim. Put the needle back on the other end of the thread.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

25. Beginning with a 15/0, string on eight 15/0s and eight 1.8mm Square beads (SB18) in an alternating pattern. Then add five alternating 11/0 seed beads and SB3s.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

26. Add seven SBs alternating with 11/0s.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

27. Mirror this pattern on the other side of the loop.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

28. Go up through the two SBs on the left edge, then down the right edge. It is a good idea to go through the whole loop again to add some strength. Make sure to string through every bead as the seed beads are easy to miss. Keep it nice and loose or the loops will become stiff.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

29. Repeat the same pattern from first loop.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

30. Attach and reinforce loop but do not over tighten.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

31. Add the third loop in the same way.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

32.Attach and reinforce loop but do not over tighten. Sew in and trim any remaining thread.

Trapeze Earring Instructions

33. Attach an earwire to loop of 15/0s and enjoy!




Other colorways:

Big Top
Big Top Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-149S: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Silverlined Capri Blue - 1 tube
SB3-141F: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead Matte Transparent Ruby - 1 tube
SB18-462: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Metallic Gold Iris - 1 tube
11-467: 11/0 Metallic Indigo Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-462: 15/0 Metallic Gold Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-17: Dark Blue Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-104: 14k Gold Filled Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Calliope
Calliope Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-2425F: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Matte Silverlined Teal - 1 tube
SB3-14F: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead Matte Silverlined Chartreuse - 1 tube
SB18-5: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Silverlined Dark Topaz - 1 tube
11-2035: 11/0 Matte Metallic Khaki Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-5L: 15/0 Silverlined Dark Topaz Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-05: Gold Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-100: Sterling Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Carousel
Carousel Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-352: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Fuchsia Lined Aqua Luster - 1 tube
SB3-19F: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead Matte Silverlined Sapphire - 1 tube
SB18-222: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Orchid Lined Crystal - 1 tube
11-1899: 11/0 Opaque Eggplant Luster Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-4303: 15/0 Luminous Plum Crazy Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-09: Purple Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-100: Sterling Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-366: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Shell Pink Luster - 1 tube
SB3-2604: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead Sparkle Celery Lined Crystal - 1 tube
SB18-251: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Transparent Light Topaz AB - 1 tube
11-2033: 11/0 Matte Opaque Light Olive Luster Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-516: 15/0 Light Daffodil Ceylon Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-04: Blush Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-100: Sterling Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Fire Eater
Fire Eater Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-4513: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Opaque Red Picasso - 1 tube
SB3-190F: Miyuki 3mm Square Matte Nickel Plated - 1 tube
SB18-2008: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Patina Iris - 1 tube
11-2013: 11/0 Matte Metallic Dark Olive Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-2008: 15/0 Matte Metallic Patina Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-06: Brown Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-100: Sterling Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


High Wire
High Wire Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-1253: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Royal Blue - 1 tube
SB3-954: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead 24kt Gold Lined Pale Montana - 1 tube
SB18-2006: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Dark Bronze - 1 tube
11-2018: 11/0 Matte Metallic Indigo Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-2006: 15/0 Matte Metallic Dark Bronze Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-12: Black Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-104: 14k Gold Filled Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Lion Tamer
Lion Tamer Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-2066: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Dark Green Iris - 1 tube
SB3-2035: Miyuki 3mm Square Bead Matte Metallic Khaki Iris - 1 tube
SB18-1052: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Galvanized Gold - 1 tube
11-1981: 11/0 Nickel Plated AB Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-4202: 15/0 Duracoat Galvanized Gold Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-11: Green Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-104: 14k Gold Filled Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles


Ringmaster
Ringmaster Trapeze Earrings

Materials:
SB-157: Miyuki 4mm Square Bead Transparent Amethyst - 1 tube
SB3-199: Miyuki 3mm Square 24kt Gold Iris - 1 tube
SB18-2651: Miyuki 1.8mm Square Bead Fuchsia Lined Aqua - 1 tube
11-454: 11/0 Metallic Dark Plum Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
15-1620: 15/0 Dyed SF Transparent Lavender Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-09: Purple Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread - 1 bobbin
191-104: 14k Gold Filled Earwire with Loop - 2 pieces
193-104: Japanese Thin Beading Needles