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Another Pair of Netted Earrings

French coil is a wonderful way to finish off beadwork and attach findings in a very professional way.
I use it a lot on earrings.It's a fine wire coiled into a spring, you add it just like you would a bead going through the center of the wire. It's very flexible and fragile. I'd suggest storing it in a shallow box. Lipgloss pots work well, I use an old contact lense container. One side with gold, one side with silver. Use nail clippers to cut it without crushing it. Baby nail clippers work really well.

For this simple netted pair, you will need

Size 15 Japanese seed beads in the colors of your choice
8 4mm round beads (druks, firepolish, or pearls, your choice)
2 accent beads
an inch of french coil wire
earring findings
size 13 needle
Nymo size 0 or B. (thinner thread, silamide isn't the best for this project)
thread conditioner

Start by threading your needle with conditioned thread. I use glycerine soap to condition my thread mostly, but the most popular choices are either a silicone based conditioner or beeswax. I like glycerine soap because I can keep my needles in it, it doesn't dry out, and I can slice pieces easily without making a mess to travel with.
Make a loop of 16 size 14 beads, and tie off leaving enough of a tail to weave in later, add one of the 4 mm beads and bring your needle and thread through the 8th bead from the bead you came out of.
Add 3 beads, skip a bead in the original loop, go through the next bead. Do that all the way around.
Bring your needle and thread through to the top of a 3 bead loop, add 5 beads, go through the top loop in the next 3 bead loop, continue all the way around.
Coming out of the middle bead in the first 5 bead loop, add 4 beads, a 4mm accent bead, and one more bead, go back through the 4 mm bead, and the last bead from the 4 you just added, add 3 beads, go through the middle bead in the next 5 bead loop. Repeat 2 times, then add 7 beads, go through the middle bead in the next 5 bead loop, repeat once, add 4 beads, then half the piece of french coil, go back through the last bead added, add 3 beads, through the middle bead in the next 5 bead loop, then 2 more 7 bead loops.

Coming out of the middle bead in the first 5 bead loop, add 7 beads (as you can see from the picture, it worked better in the beading then in my graph!) add 7 beads, then go through the bead at the bottom of the 4 mm bead drop, add 20 beads, then a 4mm accent, 1 bead, one of the accent beads, a bead, go back through the accent, the bead after that, the 4 mm, and the bead after that, add 19 beads, and go through the bottom bead on the last 4 mm bead drop. Add 7 beads, and go through the middle bead in the 5 bead loop following that.
Add your earring finding and do the other one.
Whew.. describing netting is hard given how easy it is to do!
This illustration shows the rounds in different colors, and the second one is a blank graph.

I hope you found this easy to understand, and that you enjoy the project and using french coil wire!

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