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By Linnea Lortsher

The history of Salsa dancing is unique; it was developed in New York as a fusion of many different Latin dance styles and cultures. Nobody is sure how the name was coined, but some say that it represents the blending of many contrasting ingredients into one perfect “sauce”. Our Salsa earrings blend the rich colors of coral, bronze, and rose with the glow of antique copper.

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. We also wanted to make this project fast and easy for you, so we put together kits including all the beads and findings you need for one pair, including mini-tubes of seed beads with just enough beads for an extra pair of earrings (extra findings not included). Still, 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 Copper
$2.25
8-641- Dyed Rose Bronze Silver Lined Alabaster
$4.45
11-4206- Duracoat Galvanized Muscat
$10.25
3mm- Picasso Coral
$3.25
Apricot- KO Thread
$3.95
Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles
$3.95
Niobium Ear Wires - Antique Copper Finish with 3mm Bright Copper Bead
$3.55
Handy Tape
$6.95
Thread Snips
$4.95
Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers
$12.95
Project Map

This project is also available as a kit.

 

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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