Flat Circular Peyote Mandala Earrings Tutorial

Circular Peyote Stitch Earring Pattern

This free beading pattern makes a pretty pair of mandala earrings using flat circular peyote stitch.  It's a perfect first project for someone just learning flat circular peyote.  

This project looks great in a variety of colors and uses dagger beads as an additional accent - but it would look equally as good without them.

If this is your first project in flat circular peyote, it will help to use three different colors of beads to distinguish between rounds.  If you're already comfortable...MORE with flat circular peyote, make them in a single color with fancy trim beads.

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    Materials Needed

    To make this pair of earrings, you will need the following beads and materials:

    • 2 grams each of the following size 11 Delica beads: DB 609 Silver Lined Dark Purple (A); DB 1347 Dyed Silver Lined Lilac (B); DB 158 Opaque Rainbow Lavender Cream (C)
    • 1 gram size 15 Japanese seed beads, purple lined purple AB
    • 12 Czech pressed glass dagger beads, 15mm x 6mm, transparent amethyst
    • Fireline beading thread, 6 lb. test
    • 1 pair sterling silver ear wires or earring findings
    • Size 12 beading needle
    • Flat nose or chain...MORE nose pliers
    • Scissors or thread cutter
  • 02 of 14

    Getting Started

    Using a comfortable length of beading thread (no longer than 5 feet), pick up 3 B and tie into a ring using a square knot.  Pass through the first B picked up.

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    Round 1

    Pick up 2 A and pass through the next B.  Repeat to add a total of 6 A. 

    Step up through the first A added in this round.

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    Round 2

    Add 1 C in between each A from the previous round. 

    Pass through the first C added in this round.

    Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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    Round 3

    Add 2 B in between each bead of the previous round.

    Pass through the first B added at the beginning of this round.

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    Round 4

    Add one A in between each bead from the previous round.  Pass through the first A added in this round.

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    Round 5

    Add one C in between each bead from the previous round.  Pass through the first C added at the beginning of this round.

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    Round 6

    Add one C between each of the beads from the previous round. 

    At this point, it's better to keep your tension loose.  It's okay if you can see a little bit of thread in between beads - that will disappear with the addition of the next few rounds.

    Pass through the first C added at the beginning of this round.

    Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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    Round 7

    Add 2 B between each bead from the previous round. 

    Keep your tension loose to let the beads fit between the beads from the previous round. 

    Pass throught he first B added at the beginning of this round.

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    Round 8

    Pick up 1 B, and pass through the next 2 B from the previous round.  For this round, treat each pair of B from Round 7 as a single unit.

    Continue to add 1 B, passing through each pair of B from the previous round.

    Pass through the first B added at the beginning of this round.

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    Adding the Daggers

    Make sure that you are exiting one of the "up" beads from the last round.

    Pick up 2 A, 1 dagger, and 2 A. 

    Skip the next B bead and pass through the third B bead from where you are exiting.  If you are exiting from an "up" bead, you will pass through one of the pair of B beads added in the next to last round.

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    Finish Adding the Daggers

    Continue to add daggers in this manner until you have added a total of 6 daggers.

    Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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    Add a Hanging Loop

    Weave your working thread into the beadwork until you are exiting a bead at the top of the earring that is directly above the center of your row of daggers.

    Pick up 10 size 15 beads and pass back into the beadwork.

    Repeat the thread path a few times to strengthen the loop.

    Weave your working thread into the beadwork, tie a few half-hitch knots and then trim the thread close to the beadwork.  Do not tie the knots too tightly or the beadwork may begin to pull and pucker.

    Weave in the thread tail and...MORE trim close to the beadwork.

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    Add the Earring Finding

    Using the chain nose pliers, gently open the loop on your earring finding and add your completed earring.  Close the loop securely.

    Repeat these steps to make a second earring.

    Edited by Lisa Yang