MINI GEMDUO STAR EARRINGS

Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern by Deb Roberti

Matubo now has a “mini” version of the GemDuo bead called the Mini GemDuo. It measures 6x4mm, a little bigger than a SuperDuo bead. Bead up some lovely earrings using Mini GemDuos and some size 11/0 Miyuki seed beads.

I got my Matubo Mini GemDuo beads from RedPandaBeads.com here:
https://www.redpandabeads.com/Mini_GemDuo_Beads_s/6017.htm

Links to exact beads used at the end of the page.

MATERIALS
• About two yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads (Toho brand seed beads will be a bit too fat)
• 10 Color1 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads
• 30 Color2 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads
• two small (2-4mm) closed (soldered) jump rings or two Beadsmith Cymbal Elements
• a pair of earring findings

Step 1: Thread your needle with about a yard of FireLine.

Leaving about a 6-inch tail that you can weave in and cut at any time, string five Color1 Mini GemDuo beads.

Tie the beads together with a tight double knot, forming a star of five of Mini GemDuo beads:

NOTE: Mini GemDuo beads have a tapered front side and a flat back side. Make sure the front side is facing in the same direction when you add each Mini GemDuo bead.

Step 2: Go back around through this star of five Mini GemDuo beads, grab your tail thread and tie another tight knot:

Step 3: Go back through the inside hole of the two Mini GemDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 4: Go around and through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: String two Color2 Mini GemDuo beads and go up through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 6: String two Color2 Mini GemDuo Beads and go up through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 7: String two Color2 Mini GemDuo Beads and go across through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String two Color2 Mini GemDuo Beads and go down through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String two Color2 Mini GemDuo Beads and go down through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED. Continue across through the inside hole of the two Color2 Mini GemDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 10: Go back around through the outside holes of the Color1 Mini GemDuo beads and the inside holes of the Color2 Mini GemDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 11: Go up through the outside hole of the Color1 Mini GemDuo bead and the inside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED. Go around and down through the outside hole of the same Color2 Mini GemDuo bead that you just exited:

Step 12: String a Color2 Mini GemDuo bead and go through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 13: String three seed beads. Go up through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

NOTE: As you add the three seed beads in Step 13 and in the steps that follow, push the middle seed bead into the hollow of the “v” formed by the Mini GemDuo beads.

Step 14: String a Color2 Mini GemDuo bead and go up through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 15: String three seed beads. Go up through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 16: String a Color2 Mini GemDuo bead and go up through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 17: String three seed beads. Go across through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 18: String a Color2 Mini GemDuo bead and go across through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 19: String three seed beads. Go down through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 20: String a Color2 Mini GemDuo bead and go down through the outside hole of the Color2 Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String three seed beads. Go down through the three Color2 Mini GemDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 22: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED. Don’t pull so tightly that the motif buckles. Try to keep the motif flat:

Step 23: Go across through the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 24: String three seed beads and go up through the outside hole of the Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 25: String three seed beads and go up through the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 26: String three seed beads and go up through the outside hole of the Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED.

String three more seed beads and go up through the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 27: String three seed beads and go across through the outside hole of the Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED.

String three more seed beads and go down through the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 28: String three seed beads and go down through the outside hole of the Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED.

String three more seed beads and go down through the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 29: String three seed beads and go down through the outside hole of the Mini GemDuo bead highlighted in RED.

String three more seed beads and go across through the six seed beads highlighted in RED:

Next you will add seed beads around the tip of each Mini GemDuo bead.

Step 30: String three seed beads. Go around the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and up through the nine seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 31: String three seed beads. Go around the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and up through the nine seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 32: String three seed beads. Go around the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and down through the nine seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 33: String three seed beads. Go around the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and down through the nine seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 34: String three seed beads. Go around the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and across through the ten seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 35: Skip the next seed bead at the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and go across through the next eleven seed beads highlighted in RED, pulling tight so that the skipped seed bead pops out to create a point:

NOTE: If you prefer a more rounded tip instead of a pointed tip, instead of skipping the seed bead, go through it in this step an all subsequent steps.

Step 36: Skip the next seed bead at the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and go up through the next eleven seed beads highlighted in RED, pulling tight so that the skipped seed bead pops out to create a point:

Step 37: Skip the next seed bead at the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and go down through the next eleven seed beads highlighted in RED, pulling tight so that the skipped seed bead pops out to create a point:

Step 38: Skip the next seed bead at the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and go down through the next eleven seed beads highlighted in RED, pulling tight to create a point:

Step 39: Skip the next seed bead at the tip of the Mini GemDuo bead and go across through the next eleven seed beads highlighted in RED, pulling tight to create a point:

Step 40: Go back around through the seed beads highlighted in RED to exit from the top seed bead:

I have included two different ways to connect your earring motif to your earring finding. Pick the one you like best.

Closed Jump Ring

Step 41: To add a closed jump ring, string three seed beads. Go through your jump ring and then back down through the last seed bead that you just strung. String two more seed beads and go back across through the seed bead at the top of the star (highlighted in RED):

Step 42: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and your jump ring:

Weave back around through the outer edge of beads along the earring motif again, knot and cut your thread.

Cymbal Element

Many of the Beadsmith Cymbal™ elements work great instead of jump rings.

Step 41: String two seed beads. Go through a Cymbal element. String two more seed beads. Go around and back across through the top seed bead on the motif (highlighted in RED):

Step 42: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the Cymbal element:

Weave back around through the outer edge of beads along the earring motif again, knot and cut your thread.

 

Finishing Tips

If you are using the motif to create a small holiday ornament or suncatcher and wish to stiffen the beadwork, these methods and products have all worked for me, even on crystal. Test any product on some beads before applying it to your beadwork to make sure there is no unwanted discoloration. You probably won't want to use any of these products on porous Czech coatings such as Bondeli. A full TIP is on my website here: How to Stiffen Beadwork.

Acrylic Floor Polish:
If you have beaded up any of Sandra Halpenny's gorgeous snowflake patterns, then you are familiar with using acrylic floor polish products to stiffen beadwork. Although it has changed names several times since I started beading, Sandy recommends Pledge Floor Gloss, Original by Johnson (formerly SC Johnson Pledge Future Shine and Future Floor Finish). Simply dip the finished motif in the liquid, shake off the excess and let it dry overnight on wax paper. You can find Sandy's directions at the bottom of one of her free snowflake patterns by clicking here: Beaded Snowflake #31 Ornament Pattern.

Clear Nail Polish:
A quick and easy way to stiffen beadwork is to paint the back of your beadwork with clear nail polish and let it dry overnight. Linda Genaw of Linda's Crafty Inspirations recommended that I try clear Sally Hansen Hard as Nails nail polish and it does work well.

Permalac NT:
Permalac NT Semi-Gloss is my favorite when it comes to stiffening beaded ornaments. PotomacBeads.com sells it in handy little bottles that look and work just like nail polish. Although they are marketing Permalac as a protective coating and sealant, I love the way it works to stiffen most any type of beadwork. I have used it on crystal, too, without any problems. Make sure that you brush it on in a well-ventilated locale since, like nail polish, it is a bit stinky, and let your beadwork dry overnight. You can find out more about Permalac NT by watching the video and the product is also available for purchase by clicking here: Permalac NT.

Beads used in the photo above

Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern by Deb Roberti

Gold/White version:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 10 Color1 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Crystal AB
• 30 Color2 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Chalk
• two Beadsmith “Remata” Cymbal Elements: Remata - SuperDuo Bead Ending - 24kt Gold Plated

Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern by Deb Roberti

Silver/White version:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Czech Coating on Miyuki 11CZ27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 10 Color1 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Crystal Full Labrador
• 30 Color2 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Chalk White Luster
• two Beadsmith “Remata” Cymbal Elements: Remata - SuperDuo Bead Ending - Antique Silver Plated

Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern by Deb Roberti

Red/Green version:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Galvanized Champagne
• 10 Color1 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Chalk Lava Red
• 30 Color2 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Gold Shine Dark Olive

Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern by Deb Roberti

Purple/Blue/Gold version:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4488 Duracoat Opaque Light Orchid
• 10 Color1 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Tropical Blue Grape
• 30 Color2 size 4x6mm Matubo Mini GemDuo beads: Crystal Bronze Pale Gold

 

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Mini GemDuo Star Earrings, free pattern