I don’t know what it is about cacti, but they fascinate me. So, having already created two beaded cacti plants using French beading techniques, I thought I should make some beaded cactus jewellery!
Techniques and Experience
These beaded cactus earrings are quite simple to make. So you should be able to have a go at this project whatever your level.
You are going to be using a combination of Square Stitch and Herringbone Stitch. Both techniques are in their simplest form. I have written these instructions in great deal with a lot of diagrams to follow. So, you shouldn’t need any special experience.
Materials for the beaded cactus earrings
Since I was aiming for simplicity, I have used larger beads for my beaded cactus. So, you will need size 10 Delicas and size 11 seed beads.
Aside from that, you just need beading thread and a pair of ear wires.
You can buy all the supplies from me, right here.
A little story
I like to try and share the inspiration for all my designs. So, these beaded cactus earrings are no exception. As I started saying, I have a fascination with cacti.
I don’t have a great track record with growing plants. So, I’ve never tried to keep any cacti, but maybe I should! I resorted to making French beaded cacti in pots, but that wasn’t enough!
Whenever I think of cacti, I think of cowboys and Indians and desert scenes in the USA. I have actually been lucky enough to see the real thing in the US. I think, from memory, that these particular cacti are called Saguaro. To my mind, they are the epitome of a cactus. I remember seeing cartoon versions drawn in the ‘Roadrunner’, when I was a child. So, I guess something about this must have stuck.
All of these ideas and inspirations fed into these earrings. So, I have created a design that is colourful and fun. You can personalise it by changing the colour of your flowers. If you make jewellery to sell, I am very happy for you to sell these. Just please remember to credit me as the designer. They are quick to make and don’t require too many beads. So, the perfect project to give as a gift or sell at a craft fair!