Rulla bead earrings

Posted by Jane Cruz
on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I love to make earrings since they are the one thing I rarely ever leave the house without! A couple of weeks ago, Editor Julia Gerlach brought in a tray of 3 x 5 mm Rulla beads. If you've never heard of them, check out the photo below. They are little round posts with two holes, and made by the same manufacturer that makes SuperDuos. Since I enjoy making earrings, I designed these "Regal Rulla earrings," but you could easily combine the components to make a fabulous bracelet, too! Have fun!

Regal Rulla earrings 

Materials needed:

28 3 x 5 mm Rulla beads (Czech, blue turquoise Picasso)

1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 1700, gilded marble white)

38 13/0 Charlottes (Czech, gold)

16 3 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, luster gold/topaz turquoise)

Pair of earring findings

Fireline 6 lb. test

Beading needles, #11

Small component

[1] On 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead (Online Beading Basics), leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, and pick up a repeating pattern of an 11/0 seed bead and a Rulla bead seven times. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, and continue through the first 11/0.

[2] Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next Rulla bead, and sew through the following 11/0 to form a three-bead loop around the Rulla bead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and then retrace the thread path using a firm tension. This will cause the Rulla beads to stand up on end. Tie a couple of half-hitch knots (Online Basics), but do not end the working thread.

[3] Remove the stop bead, and using the tail, sew through the available hole of the nearest Rulla bead. Pick up a 13/0 Charlotte, and sew through the available hole of the next Rulla bead.

Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and end the tail (Online Basics).

Large component

[1] Repeat steps 1-3 of "Small component," and end the tail but not the working thread.

[2] With the working thread exiting a center bead in a three-bead loop added in step 2, pick up an 11/0, a 3 mm fire-polished bead, and an 11/0. Sew through the center bead in the next three-bead loop.

Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and retrace the thread path using a firm tension. Tie a couple of half-hitch knots, but do not end the working thread.

Assembly

[1] With the working thread from the large component, sew through the beadwork to exit a 3 mm fire-polished bead. Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through a center bead in a three-bead loop on the small component. Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the 3 mm fire-polished bead in the same direction.

Retrace the thread path through the connection several times, and end the working thread.

[2] With the working thread from the small component, sew through the beadwork to exit an 11/0 between two Rulla beads opposite the connection in the previous step.

[3] Pick up an 11/0, a 3 mm fire-polished bead, an 11/0, five Charlottes, and the loop of an earring finding. Sew back through the last 11/0 and 3 mm fire-polished bead, pick up an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 in the small component your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path several times, and end the thread.

[4] Make a second earring.

 

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