Creoles with Spikes

Difficulty: 4
Technique: stringing, sewing, linking

Earrings with pressed bead Spike

You will need the soutache, the pressed bead called Spike which is in the shape of a cone and PRECIOSA Twin™ seed beads, if you wish to be inspired by this tutorial for the creation of individual earrings. Preciosa Ornela presents a procedure for the creation of circular creoles. The earrings created by means of the witty use of the technique of sewing around beads with soutaches also stand out as a result of the combination of the pressed Spike bead with PRECIOSA Twin™ seed beads with an exceptional surface finish in a gold shade known as Amber.


Helena Chmelíková

She is able to switch from luxurious and extravagant fashion show pieces to the preparation of hobby projects,

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Materials & Tools

Other materials

Memory wire (6 cm diameter), gold eye pins (25 - 30 mm, 15 mm), a gold ring (5 mm), a gold earring clip mechanism, a gold cap

Other materials & Tools

A soutache (width: 6 mm, length: ca 40 cm, gold), nylon thread (0.1 mm; 0.2 mm), a thin sewing needle, needle nose and flat nose pliers, large snipping pliers and glue for non-absorbent materials


Step 1

Separate one ring of memory wire, add 2 cm and snip it. Create a loop at one end with the needle nose pliers. String 2x R11, then alternately string 1x PB and 1x R11 and then string 2x R11 at the end once again (figure no. 1). Reckon with some play for sewing on the soutache and for creating the second loop. Snip off the remainder of the wire and use the needle nose pliers to create a second loop. Then fully close both loops using the flat nose pliers.


Step 2

String 1 eye pin onto each loop and fully close them (figure no. 2).


Step 3

Cut two pieces of soutache about 23 cm long and start to stitch both pieces of the soutache together 2 cm from the edge. Sew in the edge of the memory wire with the outer loop between the soutaches. Use the 0.1 mm nylon line (figure no. 3).


Step 4

Turn the spike outwards on the two consecutive PB. Sew through one piece of the soutache to the gap between the first two PB and start to connect both opposite soutaches. Sew them through several times in both directions. Add 1x R11 and then sew it through once again. Gradually sew in the individual PB between the soutaches in the same way.

Step 5

Sew the edges of the soutaches together, cut off the rest and clean it up. Pass the eye pin through the opening in the cap (figure no. 5). Hide the ends of the soutaches in it and tighten. String 1x R11 onto the eye pin, shorten it to the necessary length and create a loop using needle nose pliers.


Step 6

Sew rocailles (figure no. 6a) onto the connected soutaches; 8x R11 next to the outer PB and 7x R11 for the others. Start at the cap and alternate the sides of the individual PB through the R11 which have already been sewn on. After completing the row up to the second edge, sew the rocailles on the other side of the individual PB in a similar way (figure no. 6b).

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Step 7

Prepare the decoration of the earring clips according to the picture (figure no. 7). Attach the decoration to the clips using the hot melt glue. Connect the clips with the earring rings using eye pins onto which the IP 4 are strung. The loops on these pins are perpendicular to one another, turned by  90°. Connect the loops of the eye pins on the clips and on the earrings using the small ring.

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