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Earrings Andantino

by: Lee Metsalo

When Carolyn Caveís book Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads arrived in the store, everybody was admiring all the lovely designs.  One of the first pieces that struck my fancy was her Andante necklace, which is based on a group of beaded beads made with Superduos.  I thought they would make a lovely pair of earrings, so off I went.  Andantino is a musical term that (according to my research) is played at a faster tempo than Andante (childhood piano lessons coming into use at the bead store!  Who knew?).  And yes, a pair of earrings is faster to make than an entire necklace.  The beads do work up quickly, so donít be scared to complete the entire necklace.  Once I was done and got to admire the pattern from all angles, I saw lots of opportunities for different colour placements.  I will have to make more of these soon!

After the two beaded beads are assembled, the construction of the earrings starts with a headpin, a size 11/0 Toho on the bottom, a size 8/0 next, your beaded bead next, another Toho 8/0.  Trim the extra wire, form a loop, and link into the earwire.  Off to the concert!

Tools used:  beading needles, wire cutters, flatnose pliers, round nose pliers, scissors

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