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Sleep Easy with This Beaded Dream Catcher Project

A big thank you to Sally Writes, one of our lovely crafting friends. Sally shared this great post with us recently. If you have any projects or ideas you would like share. Please email Dan at dan@beadsdirect.co.uk.

Sleep Easy with This Beaded Dream Catcher Project

 

Beaded Dream capture

Beaded Dream capture

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with both good and bad dreams that enter our minds when we go to bed. Therefore, they started the tradition of the dreamcatcher to block the route of bad dreams and increase the flow of good dreams. The main element of the dream catcher is the netted hoop. Good dreams know how to pass through the outer loops of the hoop design, while bad dreams get tangled and trapped within the hoop.

If you have a child that may be scared to sleep alone or is experiencing bad dreams, help soothe them by working together to create your own dream catcher. The legend will ease their minds and it’s a fun arts and crafts project to enjoy on a weekend indoors.

What you Need:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Lace or other open fabric
  • Blunt needle
  • Yarn
  • Fabric Glue
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Any other embellishments such as glitter or star and moon shapes

Step One: Cut your lace to fit inside the embroidery hoop.

Step Two: Knot one end of the yarn and put it through the blunt needle. Stitch around the outside of the hoop and up through the bottom to attach the lace to your hoop. With each stitch add a few colourful beads to decorate your hoop.

Step Three: After the inside of the hoop is colourfully decorated, add other embellishments. Use nontoxic fabric glue to add your chosen embellishments in the centre. Star and moon shapes are nice to give the dreamcatcher a night theme. Dreamcatchers are also usually decorated with sacred items, so something that represents things your child loves would also be great to glue around the outsides of the hoop. This could be a soccer ball bead or a sticker of their favourite Disney character – whatever your child’s heart desires.

Step Four: Now it’s time to add the hanging feathers, of which the good dreams will use to glide down to enter your child’s sleeping mind. Cut a piece of yarn, about the size you want the dreamcatcher’s tail to be. Then tie a few colourful feathers to the end. String the yarn through the bottom of the hoop and add a couple more beads for decoration. Push the beads down towards the feather and cover the exposed feather tips to finish off your dreamcatcher.

Now that you have created your dream catcher, place it over or near your child’s bed. It will swing freely in the air and trap the bad dreams that plague him or her.

Crystal Shine Necklace by Lynda Pearce

Create a beautiful, crystal embellished necklace using shimmering glass crystal bicones and silver plated copper craft wire. Follow Lynda’s project below and make your own gorgeous wire necklace with crystal droplets around the V shape at the centre. This design is the perfect bridal design and can be made even more special by swapping your glass bicone beads for beautiful Swarovski bicones instead! Find your Swarovski bicones in Crystal AB here and choose your 4mm, 6mm and 8mm beads.

Project Materials

AB crystal bicones (4mm, 6mm, 8mm)

– BG1445 (x2), BG1457 (x1) , BG1469 (x1)

Silver plated copper wire (0.8) – W389

Silver plated copper wire (0.4) – W393

50mm silver ball end head pins – F0063

Antique silver toggle clasp – F0105

(You will also need round nose pliers & wire cutters)

Step 1) cut a 40cm length of the 0.8mm wire. Find the centre point and create a loop in the centre of the wire.

Step 2) measure a point 5cm away from the first loop on the working wire. Use your round nose pliers to make a loop at this point, curving the wire slightly between the two loops.

Step 3) measure a point 5cm away from the new loop you made and repeat the process from step 2. Repeat the process one more time so you have 4 loops in total.

Step 4) finish the end of the wire off with one final upward facing loop.

Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 on the other side of the wire. Your finished piece should look like this.

Step 6) cut a 2m length of 0.4mm wire and anchor the centre of the wire to the centre loop on your wire frame piece. You should have two working ends of equal length.

Step 7) add a 4mm crystal to one of the new wire ends. Position it above the curved wire on your frame, then wrap the working wire around the frame twice to lock it in place.

Step 8) add another 4mm crystal to the same wire, position it neatly next to the first one then wrap the wire twice again. Repeat this process until you have filled the whole curve with crystals.

Step 9) continue along the length of the wire frame until there are crystals all along the one edge. Repeat the process along the other side with your second working wire until the top edge of the frame is completely filled.

Step 10) cut another 2m length of 0.4mm wire and anchor it at the base of the centre loop as before. Add a crystal to one end of the new wire and position it on the underside of the curved wire. Wrap the working wire around the frame to anchor, using the point between the previously added crystals to position it. Repeat this process all along the curve again.

Step 11) continue adding crystals to the underside until the whole frame is full, then repeat the process on the second side.

Step 12) add two 4mm crystals, two 6mm crystals and two 8mm crystals to a ball ended head pin. Create 3 icicle droppers like this.

Step 13) create some smaller icicles by adding one crystal of each size to a pin. You will need 4 icicles this size.

Step 14) roll the tops of the headpins with your round nose pliers. Before closing the loops completely, attach the icicles to the loops on the crystallised wire frame. Ensure that the central icicle is a long one.

Step 15) Position the remaining icicles so that the sizes alternate as shown. The very end loops should have shorter droppers made using one 4mm, one 6mm then another 4mm crystal on to finish.

Step 16) to finish, add a length of chain to either side of the icicle piece. You can either use ready made chain or create a beaded chain using the remaining crystals and 0.8mm wire like the one shown. When you are happy with the length, add one part of the toggle clasp to each side and your necklace is complete!

 

Festival Tassel Earrings | Summer Jewellery

Make these trending earrings using super soft white thread, colourful satin cord and some shining gold findings! This design is so easy to personalise and adapt with more beads, different cords and your favourite metallic findings. Follow the project below and make your earrings, perfect for wearing this Summer!

Project Materials

Soft white thread

0.5mm Turquoise satin cord

0.5mm Electric satin cord

Gold plated ear drop frames

Gold plated earwires

Gold plated eyepins

4mm Capri Blue fire polish beads

Step 1.

Take one of your ear drop frames and open it at the top.

Step 2. 

Cut a piece of sturdy cardboard measuring approx. 4cm. From the reel of thread, wrap your white thread around this approx. 70 times. Pass the wire of your earring drop under the threads like in the image below.

Step 3. 

Leave a few inches of thread and cut your thread off your reel. Move this tail thread upwards and out of the way so it doesn’t get cut. Carefully slot one side of your scissors under the threads on one side. Cut them at the base while holding the top of the tassel near to the earring drop loop. Pull the earring upwards and take your tassel off the cardboard.

Step 4.

Take your long length of thread on your tassel and wrap this tightly around the top of the tassel, below the earring loop. Holding this in place, take a second piece of thread from within the tassel, and knot your wrapped thread to this. Knot a second time to secure. You can now trim this longer thread to match the rest.

Step 5.

Make a total of 8 tassels just like the first one.

Step 6.

Cut a length of dark blue cord measuring approx. 10″. Position your 8 tassels around your earring like in the image below and start wrapping your blue cord once around each tassel loosely.

Step 7.

Once you have wrapped once around all of your tassels, gently pull each gap together, starting from one side until your tassels are close together. This is what the back of your earring will look like.

Step 8.

Secure this cord to the back of your earring by knotting to the cord that passed around the last tassel. Bring the cord around the last tassel and knot it to the back. Before knotting the second side of the earring, spend some time to move the blue cord along again to tighten the wrapping. Then complete this section by knotting the other end. The images below show the back and front of the earring.

 

Step 9.

Repeat this process using a new length of turquoise cord. To start this, take a length of cord measuring 20″ (twice as long as with the dark blue cord). Fold it in half and knot to your first tassel like in the image below. Simply bring the folded end of cord under the tassel and thread the other ends through the loop on the end to secure to the tassel.

Step 10.

Continue wrapping around each tassel as you did before to add another layer of colourful cord.

Step 11. 

Once you have loosely wrapped all the way to the other side of the tassels, spend some time pulling your thread tighter around each tassel. Complete this and knot at the other side on the back of the earring. Knot a second time to secure and trim off the excess thread,

Step 12. 

Turn your earring over and look at how neat or how short you want your tassels to be. I chose to trim off 1cm to neaten my earring.

Step 13.

Take a fire polish bead, an eyepin and your earwire.

Step 14. 

Thread your bead onto the eyepin and bend the pin to a 90 degree angle above the bead. Trim off the excess pin leaving 1cm of wire. Next, turn a loop using your round nose pliers.

Step 15.

Finally, open one side of your eyepin and thread onto your tassel earring. Close the loop securely. Open the other loop on the eyepin and attach this to your earwire. Close the loop securely. Hold up your earring and twist the loops on your eyepin so that your earring hangs correctly.

 

Try personalising your earrings with little seed beads knotted onto your tassels or more layers of colourful cord!

 

Make a Beaded Pompom Keyring

We’re always looking for ways to make our everyday accessories match our outfits and jewellery. This cute pompom charm is perfect for attaching to your keys and your Summer purse! It’s so easy to make your own personalised keyring charms and pendants. Once you’ve mastered this fun project, why not make your own tiny pompoms and attach them to ear wires or a delicate charm bracelet?

Project Materials

  • Pink Cotton 6 Strand Mouline Thread 8 Metres
  • 8mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
  • 8mm Silver Plated Jump Rings
  • Cardboard for your pompom template/frame

Step 1.

Cut out 2 circles of cardboard measuring 1.5″ (3.5cm) across. Cut a 1cm slot in the side and cut a small circle in the centre of each.

Step 2.

Cut a 4″ piece of cord and position it around the small circle in the centre of one of your cardboard frames – like in the image below. Place the other circle of cardboard on top. You can hold these together with paper clips or bulldog clips if you want.

 

Step 3. 

Take your long 8metre length of cord and start wrapping this around your pompom frame.

Continue to wrap your cord around your frame until you have used all 8metres.

 

Step 4. 

Once you are finished wrapping, loosely knot your two short pieces of cord from inbetween your cardboard frames together.

Step 5. 

Take a pair of small and sharp scissors and cut around the edge of your circle frames. Then tightly pull your two cords you knotted together to secure your pompom. Knot these threads again tightly.

Step 6.

Finally, thread on your chosen beads and knot your thread to a jump ring or straight onto your keychain!

Trim off any tail threads and neaten any end threads. You can add a drop of glue or clear nail polish to your knots to secure further.

 

Spool Knitting with Beads

Try your hand at spool knitting with this simple tutorial using pretty pink cord and matching seed beads! This project is a great place to start for beginners to spool knitting.

 

Project Materials

  • 0.7mm Satin Cord
  • 9mm Cord Ends, Clasp and Extension Chain
  • Size 8 Round Seed Beads
  • Fevi Kwik Instant Glue
  • Beadalon 4 Prong Wire Knitter Tool
  • Crochet Hook

Watch this quick 3 minute video by Artistic Wire to learn how to get started with your Beadalon 4 Prong Wire Knitting Tool.

You’ll learn the basic technique and movement to make to start knitting before you start adding your beads.

 

Step 1.

Take your reel of cord and thread on approx. 100 seed beads. Don’t worry about threading them to the end of the cord, you will need them quite near to where you are working so that you can add a bead between each movement. You can add a knot to the very end of the cord if you are worried they will fall off the end.

Take your working end of the cord and thread it down through your knitting tool/spool.

Step 2.

Leave the end of the cord underneath the spool and wrap the section coming out of the top around the 4 prongs like in the image below.

Step 3.

Take the working thread on the right hand side (in the image above) and wrap it around the outside of the prong below it, above the thread already around this prong (see image below).

Step 4.

Take your crochet hook and lift this lower thread on this prong, up and over the prong towards the inside of the spool and let it go.

 

Step 5.

Continue this technique, taking your working thread around the next prong shown above next to my thumb, and lift the thread below it up and over with your crochet hook.

Take a look at the video above to see the technique repeated all the way around the spool.

Make sure, after every movement, you pull the cord coming out the bottom of the spool, this will keep your work tighter and more even. You can add a weight to the cord if you would like.

Step 6.

Continue knitting around the spool 3 or 4 times. This knitted section will fit inside your cord end and be hidden.

Start adding beads inbetween each movement. As you bring your thread around to the next prong, slide a seed bead up into the gap between the prongs and continue to finish the step.

Step 7.

Continue adding a bead inbetween each prong. You will start to see your work forming down the centre of the spool and you can continue until you have approx. 5 or 6″ of beaded cord.

Step 8.

Your knitted cord will be very flexible and soft and will be able to stretch and twist.

Once you are happy with the amount of knitted cord, finish your knitting with 3 or 4 rounds of the spool without adding beads. Pull this tightly at the end and make a couple of knots to secure the end of the thread.

Remove your knitting from your spool and check you are happy with your design. Cut off the rest of the reel of cord. Knot the other end of your knitting (the end you started with) to secure this further.

Step 9.

Trim down the end tails of thread leaving the end of the knitted cord to fit into your cord ends. Test that the end of the knitted section fits into your cord end before you glue it in.

Add a few drops of glue into the cord end and coat the inside of the metal around the edges so that the cords will stick to the cord end on all sides. Squash the end of the knitted cord into the cord end and move it around so that it sticks to the edges. You can add more glue inbetween the gaps of cord if you need to using the precise nozzle on your glue.

Repeat this on the other end of your bracelet!

How to Make Fabric Covered Beads

Learn how to decorate wooden beads, chunky acrylics and other large beads with your favourite fabrics! We’ve chosen these gorgeous Liberty style ribbons in some pretty floral patterns. Try threading your finished beads in 3’s onto simple cord necklaces or use them on your Summer keychains.

Project Materials

Liberty of London Ribbon Flat Navy Mix 20mm (TC0203)

Liberty of London Ribbon Flat Mirabelle Cream Mix 20mm (TC0201)

Large hole beads (BA77)

Fevi Kwik One Drop Instant Glue (W311)

Beadalon Big Eye Needle (NB211)

(Please note, the beads used in the images are now unavailable, we have replaced them with similar large hole beads in the materials list.)

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For this project you’ll need some large beads with a threading hole measuring at least 6mm. I chose to use these chunky acrylic beads with a 6mm threading hole. The final size of the threading hole will be about 3mm at the end of your work.

To start, take your chosen folded ribbon and unfold it so that its spread twice as wide. Iron this out on a low heat so that the creases disappear. You will only need around 17″ of your ribbon, so feel free to trim this length off first so you don’t have to iron your entire ribbon.

Take this 17″ length of pressed ribbon and cut off a long strip measuring 1cm across. You should be able to cut 4 strips out of this section to cover 4 beads.

Open your glue ready and get one of your big eye needles. Thread one end of the ribbon through the needle and leave this end to one side. Take the other end of the ribbon and pass this in a tube shape through one of your beads. Just before it exits the bead, add a small drop of glue onto the fabric and use the nose end of your glue tube to press it to the inside of the beads hole.

Once this is secure inside your bead, thread the other end of your ribbon around and up through the bead to cover a small section of the outside. The needle should make this process easier than poking the ribbon through with your fingers. Continue this process until your entire bead is covered. Make sure the threading hole of your bead is still open and that you don’t cross your ribbon across the gap.

Once you are happy with the covering of your bead, pull the ribbon through a final time and trim off at the edge.

Add a small drop of glue like before and press it to the side of the bead hole so that the threading hole stays open.

To make your fabric beads last longer, you can spray them with a suitable fabric sealant so that the fabric doesn’t fray over time!

 

Sparkle Soutache Pendants by Katalin Appadoo

These fabulous beaded soutache style pendants are perfect for adding a dash of metallic shine to your party outfits! Follow Katalin’s project below and learn how to create a personalised design with a brilliant range of shapes, mediums and materials.

Materials

For your pendants:

Silver sparkly resin marquise flat back cabochons (BA135)
Preciosa pressed glass candy twin hole beads in frosted gold (BG0457)
Beadsmith black sturdy Soutache beading foundation (ST1122)
Silver felt square beading foundation (ST212)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Black Iris (SB458)
Preciosa twin hole seed beads in labrador/shiny silver (TWH0005C)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Gold (SB1053)
Toho size 15 frosted gold lined crystal seed beads (15TR989F)
Toho size 8 frosted silver lined seed beads (8TR21F)
KO black beading thread (TC304)
Czech fire polished 4mm glass beads gold bronze (BG0392)
Toho size 11 metallic iris brown seed beads (11TR83)
Toho size 8 demi round matte frosted antique silver seed beads (8DR566)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads copper (BG0465)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads in silver (BG0464)
Staedtler Fimo effect polymer clay in metallic gold (PC35)
Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive glue (W370)

For your cord and clasp:

Grey round leather 2mm cord (TC518)
Gold round leather 2mm cord (TC702)
Black organza 9mm ribbon (TC1024)
Gold plated fold over small cord ends (F0697)
Beadsmith silver metallic rayon soutache cord (TC898)
Gold plated lobster clasps (F0622)
Gold plated iron 4mm jump rings (F0214)

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  1. First take out all materials you would have in mind for this project. I have made my centre cabochon using gold Fimo clay. You can also add some Fimo metallic powder to give a crackled look. I then designed it further by adding a sparkly resin cabochon on top of it.

step 1

  1. Glue all cabochons and sew bigger beads into place.

step 2

  1. Start working your way close to the main cabochon adding super duo beads all the way around it.

step 2

  1. After closing the circle add a gold cube then carry on sewing closely enough to the 2 candy beads by creating a “ribbon”.

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  1. Bring your needle onto the surface of your work and start working around the bottom resin cabochon by adding some 3mm beads around it, once you have done it up to the other end, come down adding chilli beads all the way between the bigger beads, secure your line at this point.

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  1. Jump back up to the main cabochon and close up the small corners on each side where the “ribbon” and centre cabochon meets by using Toho seed beads around in a half circle and adding a 4mm bead in the middle. Carry on adding Toho seed beads around your centre cabochon design keeping approx. 3-4 mm between each all the way around the super duo beads- then turn back at the end and start adding 11/0 seed beads between each Toho seed beads creating a “line” by running your needle through them. You do not need to sew into the felt.

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  1. After you have finished this design on the main cabochon, start adding beads in the same way around the candy beads.
  1. At this point I have decided not to work around the other 2 candy beads I added to my design at the beginning.
  1. Cut off the excess felt but leave approx. 3 mm edge to help your design to pop out – later on we will add more felt in layers.

9a

  1. Add a grey/silver felt underneath and trim it around leaving approx. 3mm extra around the black felt again.

10c

  1. Start adding cube beads around your main cabochon (see on picture) by doing this you secure the two felts together as well as getting your design more complex.

11b

  1. Carry on adding seed beads along the side of the candy beads ( see on picture ) in 3D effect/embroidery.

12b

  1. Add some more beads between the chilli beads by adding some demi round beads secured with 11/0 seed beads, design as you go along!

13b

  1. Complete the design on the other side as well.

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  1. place your work over an other sheet of black felt and cut it around by leaving 3mm excess of it adding to your design.

15b

  1. Cut a 3 cm long leather cord and sew it onto your pendant on the grey felt, then glue to attach it all to the black felt what we have already prepared previously.

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  1. Your pendant is ready! Now it is up to you if you would like it on short or long chain.
  2. Once you’ve decided on how long you’d like your cord, knot at the halfway point around this loop of cord on top of your pendant. Take one side of your necklace and close a cord end on the tip. You may wish to add a drop of glue into this before closing the cord end with flat nose pliers. Repeat this on the other side of the necklace. Attach a jump ring to each side of the necklace onto the cord end and finally attach a lobster clasp to one of the sides.

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Gemini Bracelets | Mini-Make Monday

We’re using all NEW beads for this week’s Mini-Make project, including Preciosa pressed glass flat rounds, Hematite cubes, and rose gold plated polygon rounds. If you love working with shaped two hole beads, this is a really simple project that you can adapt to your own colour preferences and finishes. We made two versions, one using elastic and the other with beading wire, finished with a lobster clasp. The rainbow hue of the Hematite cubes add a beautiful colour interest, whilst the rose gold polygons have a trending geometric edge! Choose your style and get beading..

Project Materials

Preciosa Pressed Glass Flat Rounds Golden Amethyst (BG0685)
Preciosa Pressed Glass Rounds Milky White (BG068)
Rose Gold Plated Zamak Polygon/Round Spacer Beads (MB807) x2
Matte Multi Coloured Hematite Cube Beads (EX503)
Silver Plated Findings Kit (ST184)

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Project Tutorial

  1. Take a length of wire and sting on your beads alternating between Preciosa flat round and hematite cubes or polygon spacer beads.
  2. Once you reach a length of approx. 6 inches, string a crimp bead on the end, go through a lobster clasp and pass the tail of the wire back through the crimp bead. Squash the crimp with your pliers and trim the excess from the end.
  3. Attach a new length of wire to the lobster clasp as in step 2.
  4. Fill in the gaps with spacer beads, passing the wire through each of the Preciosa flat round beads. Finish the ends onto a jumpring using the same technique in step 2.

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Autumn Splendour Necklace and Earring Set by Anne Waller

I hope that you like this necklace and earring set inspired by the gorgeous colours of autumn. I wanted to incorporate one of the lovely agate pendant slices. Each one is different and original and gives a lovely organic feel to the design.

The pendant is quite substantial so I chose to create a ‘Spiral Staircase’ rope. The construction makes a lovely strong rope suitable for heavier pendants. It is also great for handbag handles. In keeping with the organic feel, I freely embellished the rope and pendant with beaded leaves and pretty lucite flowers.

I love big statement pieces. However, if you prefer a more delicate design the embellished rope looks great on its own or teamed with a smaller drop pendant. It would also make a lovely matching bracelet.

I hope that you like my Autumn Splendour set. If any of you decide to make it, please do upload it to Beads Direct Shine Online Facebook Group. I would simply love to see your version!

Happy Beading, Anne x

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Project Materials

Other beads and materials:

  • Size 8 Toho seed beads Silver Lined Smoked Topaz (8TR34F)
  • Beige/Brown Agate Slice Pendant (60-90mm) (EX4358)
  • Lucite medium flower mix (BO434)
  • Lucite small flower mix (BO435)
  • Gold KO Beading Thread (or Nymo D) (TC312)
  • 4mm Copper wire (W392)
  • 50mm Gold plated headpins (F0044)
  • 50mm Gold plated eyepins (F0056)
  • Gold plated kumihimo findings set (F741)
  • Gold plated earring hooks (F1082)
  • Fevi Kwik glue (W311)

Tools used

  • Beading needles (W474)
  • Jewellery pliers (round and flat nosed) plus wire cutters. If you are a beginner then the mini plier set would be suitable (W182)
  • Beading mat (ST27)

Tutorial

Step 1 (of 10)

Starting the Spiral Staircase rope:

Collect together your range of size 11 seed beads in browns, oranges and yellows (Rainbow and Transparent Topaz, Lemon, Pumpkin, Rainbow and Sunset Orange) to make the outer spiral – ‘the outer beads’.

Choose the dark colour as the central spiral bead (size 11 Metallic Iris Brown) so that it contrasts against the other colours – ‘the core bead’.

I started with the Lemon outer beads and the Metallic Iris Brown for the core. Work with a useable arm length of thread to avoid tangling.

Pick up 4 core beads and 3 outer and join into a circle passing back through all 4 core beads.

Pick up 1 core and 3 outer beads. Looping the thread around and laying the outer beads alongside the previous set, go back through the last 3 core beads and then through the newly added core bead. Repeat the pattern.

Note: it will take 6 or 7 rounds before the beading pattern looks obvious. It then gets much easier and quicker to work.

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Step 2 (of 10)

Continuing the Spiral Staircase rope:

Continue the pattern changing the outer bead colour approximately every 2 spirals (or as desired). I didn’t count the exact pattern repeats per section but judged it roughly by eye.

I alternated the browns and oranges with lemon between. I also grouped blocks of the outer bead colours roughly symmetrically on the left and right sides, but you can do whatever you like here.

When there is approx. 6-8 inches remaining join in a new thread. Tie the new and old threads together with an overhand knot. Pull the knot tight and small close up to the beading, then hide it up into the beads as you work the next section. Do not trim off the tail ends as these will be used for embellishing later.

The necklace length can be as desired. Check this by working approximately one half of the rope, then hold the rope and pendant up to yourself until you are happy before working the second side. Remember to allow for the pendant fringing.

Connect the T-Bar clasp fixings onto the kumihimo barrels. Glue in the beaded rope ends using Fevi Kwik. Leave to fully cure overnight before adding any weight or pulling hard.

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Step 3 (of 10)

How to work the leaves and floral embellishments:

The embellishments are working directly onto the rope and pendant ‘as you go’.

Use a mix of greens for the leaves (Grass Green, Silver Lined and Transparent Peridot, Crystal Gold Lined and Olive) and the yellow, orange and green flowers from the mix.

Create the beaded leaves by picking up 8 beads, passing back down the second to last bead, adding on 4, then passing back through the last 2 base beads.

To add flowers work up the flower centre, add on a size 8 and then a size 11 seed bead, pass back down the size 8 bead plus flower to anchor.

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Step 4 (of 10)

Embellishing the beaded rope:

Decorate the rope with groups of beaded leaves and lucite flowers using the remaining thread tails and working into the central core beads. Join in extra threads if needed and leave the central section free for attaching the pendant. Finish the ends by weaving them into the beadwork, going up and down the outer bead sections to hold securely.

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Step 5 (of 10)

Making the pendant bail:

The pendant is heavy so needs to have a bail that will last with wear.  Therefore, I chose to make a strong wire wrapped bail using the predrilled hole to attach wires.

Push an eyepin through the pendant hole from front to back. Press the eye and back of the wire flat to the pendant. Thread a headpin with a size 8 seed bead, small yellow flower, and through the larger orange flower. Pass the wire through the pendant hole and press the wire flush to the pendant back.

Cut the wires to an even length (do not trim off more than need). Using round nose pliers finish the prong ends with loops. To make the next step easier gently pull the wires away from the pendant back a little to make space for the wrapping wire.

Hold the wires to make a 2 pronged V shape. Wrap 0.4mm copper wire clockwise around the left prong a couple of times to anchor and take the wire at the back. Bring the wire through the middle to the front right. Wrap all the way around the right-hand prong anticlockwise, then around to the back. Bring the wire through the middle again and to the left. Wrap all the way around the left-hand prong clockwise, then around to the back. Repeat this ‘figure of 8’ action weaving up the prongs and pressing the weave down to neaten as you go.

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Step 6 (of 10)

Starting the Peyote stitch pendant wrap:

Thread an even number of size 8 seed beads to fit around the perimeter of the pendant and join to make a loop. Working in a round, thread a bead (which will be the first bead of the next row) and pass through the second bead along the 1st round. Thread another bead and pass through the next alternate bead, working right along the row. After 1 round you will have 3 rows of beads sitting together in an offset staggered arrangement.

There is a Peyote stich guide for beginners on the blog if you need a little more help.

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Step 7 (of 10)

Continuing the Peyote wrapped pendant edges:

Place the Peyote beaded band on the pendant edges and continue to work rounds to encase the pendant edges. As you work, introduce the size 11 beads to ‘pull in’ the rows and wrap over the edges. Decrease if needed by missing out a bead in places. Change colours as you work making little, coloured patches. Don’t worry about getting it perfect it just needs to wrap the pendant edges securely and not fall off.

Start working back and forth in quite a freeform manner to give an organic look to the front. Don’t worry if some areas look a bit messy or lumpy as they won’t be obvious once embellished.

Join a new thread when needed by knotting to the current thread and hiding the knot within a bead. Weave the thread ends through the beadwork before trimming.

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Step 8 (of 10)

Embellishing the pendant:

Add little clumps and branches of beads over the Peyote foundation. Add little branches with leaves and flowers worked as given in step 3. Around the base of the pendant add 2-3 rows of beaded drops with flowers or leaves at the base. Also add random leaves when working back up the stems. Work freely, there is no right or wrong, just go with what you think looks nice.

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Step 9 (of 10)

Shaping the bail and finishing the necklace:

Shape the wire wrapped bail gently to the back over a pen or pencil. Do not completely close over yet, leave enough space to hook over the spiral rope. Hook over the centre of the cord and tighten up. Ease it gently so as not to distort or grip the rope. Alternatively, you could leave it lose so that the pendant is removable and the necklace could be worn with or without it.

Step 10 (of 10):

Making the earrings:

Pass a headpin through a size 8 bead, small flower and large orange flower. Bend the pin upward and add further size 8 seed beads before making an end loop to finish. Attach to earring wires.

Tie beading thread to the headpin and embellish the earrings with leaf and flower beaded drops as desired.

Jingle Bell Cluster Earrings | Mini Make Monday 🔔

Last week Laura shared her delicate angel charm necklace and this week it seems I’ve caught the Christmas bug too! When the jingle bell charms arrived at the Christmas shop I knew I have to make something with them. They’re gentle jingle is enough to put you in the Christmassy spirit and brighten anyone’s day. The jingle bell charms are available from the Christmas shop in multicolored or silver packs (the silver ones are slightly smaller in size).

I love the idea of wearing these jingly earrings around the office at Christmas, but you could also use them as wine glass charms or as Christmas tree decorations! Just attach a piece of ribbon to a jumpring in place of the ear wire. I bet they would be very popular little gift to make and sell at craft fairs! 🎄🎁

Materials

– Mixed colour Christmas jingle bell charms pk50 (CR0135)
– Sterling silver 925 ear hook (SS418)
– Sterling silver 925 jump rings (SS97)

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Tutorial

  • To make your first earring you will need four jump rings. Attach 4 bell charms to one, 3 on another and 2 bell charms on the remaining two jump rings.
  • Open the jump ring of the cluster of four bell charms and close it onto the bottom loop of the ear wire.
  • Add one pair of jingle bells to the jump ring you just added, followed by the other pair.
  • Lastly add the trio of jingle bell charms to the bottom jump ring and repeat these steps to make a second earring.

steps

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