These watermelon earrings are simple to make and fun to wear.
This project requires size 11 delicas in four colours. The pink and green are duracoat colours. Then you will also need ordinary black and white delicas.
You can use your choice of beading thread.
Techniques and Experience
These earrings are made using circular and tubular Peyote stitch. So, you should feel comfortable making increases and decreases before you try this pattern.
Luckily, I have some handy free tutorials on this website to help you get to grips with the basics of each technique. So, check them out and grab what you need.
The instructions for the watermelons are detailed. They include plenty of diagrams. So, you should be able to follow this pattern whatever your level.
About the Watermelon Earrings
These watermelon earrings developed directly from the beads I used. Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith challenged me to come up with some patterns using Duracoat delicas. The Duracoat range of beads had expanded to include so many new colour shades.
I looked through these colour shades and guess what? …My eye was naturally drawn to the brightest offerings! I found a shade called ‘Watermelon’ in amongst them. Well, I loved the shade!
The name gave me the idea for the beading pattern. So, I created this watermelon design. I turned the pattern into a pair of earrings as I felt they allowed the watermelons to be viewed from all angles.
You could also use them as charms or a pendant. Each watermelon measures about an inch (2.5cm) across. The structure of the beadwork means that they have not been filled or stuffed with any material. So, they are also incredibly lightweight to wear.
If the idea of making beaded food appeals to you, then you can find some more foodie ‘recipes’ amongst the beading projects on here. You might also like my book, ‘Sweet Treats‘. It includes projects for jewellery and gifts made from beaded cakes.
I have developed some of the patterns in the book into new food projects. If there is a project that you would like to see made from beads, then get in touch and I will get creating!