Level: All Levels
Estimated time: 3-4 Hours

Argentine Tango

By Linnea Lortsher

From the streets of Argentina to the ballrooms of the world, the Tango captures our imagination as it expresses both intimacy and passion. Our Argentine Tango Earrings, by Linnea Lortsher, in shades of turquoise blue and bright silver are inspired by the Argentine flag and they're quite ready to sweep you off your feet.

In the tradition of some of the earliest Beadshop projects, we chose to release The Dancer as a video-only tutorial, with no accompanying handout. We felt that this project was easiest to demonstrate “in person” and that photos wouldn’t be as direct. We know that your time is valuable, so we kept the video short, under 20 minutes. Also, we understand that some beaders prefer to choose their own colors. With that in mind, here is the “Project Recipe” for The Dancer Earrings, so you can choreograph your own creations. Find the step by step video by clicking on the “Video” tab above, and have fun!

You will need:

2 toggle loop components
2 ear wires
1 tube 8/0 seed beads
1 tube 11/0 seed beads
1 strand 3mm fire polish beads
Beading thread: We use and recommend Hana or KO Beading Thread
Size 10 or 12 Beading needle

Additional tools required: Thread Snips, Tape Measure, Chain Nose Pliers
Leafy Loop- Antique Silver
$2.50 USD
8-412- Opaque Turquoise Green 8/0
$4.25 USD
11-961- Bright Sterling Plated
$12.55 USD
3mm- Turquoise Moon Dust
$3.95 USD
Light Grey- KO Thread
$4.35 USD
Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles
$3.95 USD
Sterling Silver Ear Wires with 3mm Bead
$4.95 USD
11-4221-Duracoat Galvanized Light Smoky Pewter
$4.50 USD
11-4515- Picasso Chartreuse Matte
$4.50 USD
Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers
$12.95 USD
Handy Tape
$9.65 USD
Project Map




Phase 1: Tie beading thread onto loop component and begin circular brick stitch with 8/0 beads around toggle loop. You should have 16 beads.

Phase 2:Begin second row with one 11/0 and one fire polish bead. Alternate between 11/0 and fire polish beads and stitch all the way around the base row. You should have 11 fire polish beads and 12 11/0 seed beads.

Phase 3: Begin with two 11/0 seed beads and then follow the pattern: One 8/0, one 11/0, one 11/0, one 8/0, one 11/0, one 11/0, repeat all the way to the end of the second row. You should have 11 8/0 seed beads.

Phase 4: [not pictured] Weave in ends, trim thread, and attach ear wire. Wear and enjoy!



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