Project of the Week: Ginko Dangles

The new frame findings are fun to work with and there are some many ideas that you can achieve with them. This project features the triangular frame with a top hole for a dangle. They are easy to do, using only one row of brick stitch as a base for beads to dangle from. The resulting pair of earrings are fairly large, making it perfect as an accompanying pendant.

Needed for this project: (in brackets are the colours I used – personalize it to your own style!)
Earring Frame – Triangle – Stainless Steel
Size 6/0 Japanese seed beads for base row (7b6r0263 Bluelined Crystal Rainbow)
Size 8/0 Japanese seed beads (tb8r2637f Semi-glazed Navy Blue Rainbow
Size 11/0 Japanese seed beads (Colour A) (mb11-4201 Galvanized Silver Duracoat)
Size 11/0 Japanese seed beads (Colour B) (tb11r43 Opaque Spring Sky Blue)
Cz 2-hole Ginko beads (s62549 Chalk Blue Lustre)
4mm Metal Round Beads, silvertone
2 2″ 20ga headpins, silver
2 8mm Swarovski bicone crystals (s48626 Denim Blue)
Toho Beading Thread
Beading needle to fit through beads
Ear wires of choice or jump ring (if making a pendant)


1. Pull a wingspan of thread and gently stretch it to release tension. Tie the thread using a double knot to the triangular finding in the lower corner. As I am left-handed, I’ve tied it on the left side (working to the right). If you are right-handed, tie it to the right corner (as you’ll be working to the left). Leave about a 6″ tail; you’ll bury the tail in the finishing.


2. Using typical brick stitch instructions, create a base row of six size 6/0 seed beads along the bottom base, hanging below the frame.


3. Let’s create the first dangle:
– pick-up the main bead design (this will be be the same on all dangles): three Colour A size 11/0 seed beads, a Ginko bead on the outside round side, three Colour A beads, one size 8 seed bead, one Colour B size 11/0 seed bead, one size 8/0 seed bead, three Colour A beads, another Ginko bead on the inside curve. Snug up the beads.


4. Finishing the first dangle:
– stitch through the bottom Ginko bead through the other hole, as shown
– pick-up three Colour A beads; stitch through the existing size 8/0, Colour B and size 8/0 beads
– pick-up three Colour A beads; stitch through the second hole of the Ginko bead
– pick-up three Colour A beads; stitch through the same size 6/0 bead you originally exited.

Stitch across and down the next size 6/0 bead. You are now in place to start the next dangle.


5. Second dangle:
With your working thread exiting the next size 6/0 bead in the base, pick-up one size 8/0 seed bead
– pick-up the main bead design outlined in Step 3 (three Colour A size 11/0 seed beads, a Ginko bead on the outside round side, three Colour A beads, one size 8 seed bead, one Colour B size 11/0 seed bead, one size 8/0 seed bead, three Colour A beads, another Ginko bead on the inside curve.) Snug up the beads.
– repeat the Step 4 to finish the main part of the dangle also stitching into the size 8/0 seed bead added at the beginning of the dangle, before stitching in the base size 6/0 seed bead.
– stitch across and down into the next size 6/0 seed bead to be in place for the next dangle.


6. Third dangle:
With your working thread exiting the next size 6/0 bead in the base, pick-up one 4mm metal bead and one size 8/0 seed bead
– pick-up the main bead design outlined in Step 3
– repeat the Step 4 to finish the main part of the dangle also stitching into the 4mm metal bead and size 8/0 seed bead added at the beginning of the dangle, before stitching in the base size 6/0 seed bead.
– stitch across and down into the next size 6/0 seed bead to be in place for the next dangle.


7. The fourth dangle is a repeat of the third dangle (Step 6)


8. The fifth dangle is a repeat of the second dangle (Step 5)


9. The sixth dangle is a repeat of the first dangle (Steps 3 and 4).

After finishing the dangle and stitching through the size 6/0 bead in the base, tie the working thread and the tail thread together using a surgeon’s knot.


10. Bury both thread into the beadwork and trim.


11. Create the upper dangle: Stack the following onto the headpin:
– one 4mm metal bead, the bicone crystal, one 4mm metal bead, a size 8/0 seed bead, one 4mm metal bead, and another size 8/0 seed bead.

Create a simple loop at the end of the head pin.


12. Attach the headpin to the lower top loop of the finding.

Attach an earwire of choice to the upper top loop of the finding.

That’s it – create a second earring to match. If you would prefer a pendant, replace the earring finding with a jump ring large enough to accommodate a chain or cord.

Designed by Pamela Kearns for BeadFX

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: beadFX Inc., 19 Waterman Ave., Unit #2, Toronto, ON, M4B 1Y2, http://www.beadfx.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact