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Preciosa Project - Constellation

Rocaille stars floating on a setting of rippling beads never loose their brilliance even when contrasted with their mat appearance.
Round flattened PRECIOSA Ripple™ beads with dimensions of 12 mm have a centrally located hole and a rippled surface on both sides. The identical profile on both sides of the bead enables their 100% use during the application of a series of ten new types of combined, dual colored vacuum decors known as California. The rippled surface of the bead brings warmth to the metallic decors in both the mat and polished finish. The central location of the hole means that
this bead is predestined to be combined with seed beads or with small fire polished beads in a stringing or embroidery.
 
TOOLS and MATERIALS:
PRECIOSA rocailles GBR8, size 8/0 (~100pcs)
Ripple beads PRECIOSA Ripple™ GBRIP12  (10pcs)
a 0.5 cm ring (14x); an afro-hook (2 pieces of line); 0.18 mm ca 90 cm; a thin sewing needle; scissors; flat nose pliers

 

PROCEDURE:

Step 1:

String 5x GBR8 onto the needle and line and tie them together with a double knot (fig. no.1)

Thread the line around the stringing one more time in order to strengthen it.
 
Step 2:
 
The needle will emerge from the rocaille. String 1x GBR8 and thread the needle and line through the neighboring R in the circle (fig. no. 2). Continue all the way around in this manner until you have a further bead between each GBR8. You will add a total of 5x GBR8 in this step (fig. no. 2a).
 
Step 3:
 
The needle will emerge from the last added GBR8 (fig. no. 3a). String 2x GBR8 and thread the needle through the next protruding GBR8. Repeat this step until you have enclosed the circle (fig. no. 3b). You will add a total of 10x GBR8 (fig. no. 3c).
 
Step 4:
 
The needle will emerge from the first rocaille in the added pair from the last step (fig. no. 4a). String 1x GBR8 and thread the needle through the second rocaille (fig. no. 4b), then through the rocaille between the pair and then once again through the first rocaille from the pair and continue in this way until you have finished the base of the star (fig. no. 4c).

 
Step 5:
 
The needle emerges from the point of the star (fig. no. 5a), add 1x GBRIP12 and 1x GBR8, return to the other side through the central hole in the GBRIP12 (fig. no. 5b), pull the line through the rocaille at the point of the star on the other side (fig. no. 5c) and add the beads to the next point of the star (fig. no. 5d) where you will repeat the step until you have strung 5x GBRIP12 and 5x GBR8 (fig. no. 5e).
 
Step 6:
 
Thread the needle through the GBRIP12 to the second side and then thread it through the GBR8. Add 3x GBR8 and thread the needle through the GBR8 next to the neighboring GBRIP12 (fig. no. 6a, 6b). Repeat this step until you have closed the circle (fig. no. 6c).

Step 7:
 
The needle will emerge from the last GBR8 of the trio added in the last step and you must thread it through the next, first-added GBR8 from the trio (fig. no. 7a). Once again, repeat this all the way round (fig. no. 7b).
 
Step 8:
 
This time, the needle will emerge from the central GBR8 from step 6 and you should add 1x GBR8  and thread the needle through the following central GBR8 (fig. no. 8a). Repeat this step until you have closed the circle (fig. no. 8b).

Step 9:
 
Tighten the five last-added rocailles in this step so that the center is pulled in. Tie knots and sew both ends of the lines into the nearest GBR8 (fig. no. 9).

Step 10:

Now attach 3x rings (fig. nos. 10a, 10b) to the same point of the star on each side using the pliers and connect the last added rings with a single ring onto which you should string an afro-hook and close it (fig. no. 10c).

You now have one completed earring. Repeat steps 1-10 and you will have a finished pair.