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3D Giraffe Keyring - Beaded Animals Tutorial

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3D Giraffe Keyring - Beaded Animals Tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner

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Small beads can be used to conjure up not only jewelery! Marta Draganek will show you how to make beaded animals from TOHO beads, specifically a 3D giraffe key ring. Knowing the general principle of creating such creatures will allow you to design other forms yourself.

Thanks to today's tutorial, I was able to move back to primary school, when with my friends we were able to weave bead animals on the basis of a fishing line for hours - colourful dogs, snakes, spiders and other wonders. It was at a time when no one had heard of Toho beads in Poland, and in order to collect the shades of small beads necessary for the "project", you had to walk around the local haberdashery an awful lot. I ended up with a collection of animals in fabulous shades of pink and blue, because more subdued colours were rather difficult to find. Marta x

You can add all the items you need to your basket by clicking the box in the 'Products used' section above, or you can let your imagination run wild and choose your own materials from the links below. Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'.  

  • Toho beads Round 11/0 - it is also possible to use Hex 11/0 beads. My giraffes are made of the following shades: 1) Silver-Lined Med Topaz, Metallic Iris Brown , 2) Gold-Lined Rainbow Topaz, Metallic Iris Brown . Additionally, two different shades of beads will be useful - for the eyes of a giraffe. One of my key rings has black eyes, the other has blue eyes, but it's really a matter of what beads you have at hand.
  • Extra Large Split Ring or Large Clasp
  • Jump Rings - coordinate or not, the choice is yours
  • Monofilament (fishing line) - 0.25mm, colourless. The thickness of the line is quite important here, as you have to be able to pull it through the hole of the bead several times. In turn, too thin a line may cause problems with threading the beads - it will bend under their weight.
  • A lighter or matches will also be useful - for burning the ends of the line.

I have prepared a diagram for you that will facilitate the work on your pet. I propose to print it and mark it with a ruler which row you are currently in. At first glance, it may look a bit scary, but you will see that once you understand the general principle of stringing beads, everything will go smoothly.


Remember - our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Designed by Marta Draganek - February 2017

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Let's start!

We start with weaving the head and body from beads. It will be a bead rope that narrows and expands at the right moments to resemble a giraffe's body. In each row, we will thread two semicircles made of beads - the back part and the abdominal part. Therefore, each row in our diagram contains two sequences of beads.

Row 1

We start the work from the side of the giraffe's mouth. Cut the line about 2m long. We thread 2 Toho beads on it and pull them so that they are exactly in the middle of the line.

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Then, thread 2 Toho beads on one end of the line and thread them with the other end of the line in the opposite direction, so that the lines cross inside the beads.

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Pull both ends of the line with your fingers evenly - the Toho beads will then be placed on top of the initial 2 beads in the middle of the line.

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We draw the line tightly.

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Row 2

The giraffe's nostrils will appear in the second row. My giraffes have nostrils the same color as the spots - Metallic Iris Brown . At one end of the line we take beads according to the scheme - 5 beads, alternating light and dark.

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We pull the other end of the fishing line through the beads again in the opposite direction.

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We pull both ends so that the beads will line up on top of the first row.

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We pull the ends of the fishing line tight.

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According to the diagram, we now add beads from the abdominal part - i.e. 2 light-colored beads.

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We draw the ends of the fishing line.

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Row 3-5

Add the beads according to the scheme in the same way as in the second row.

Row 5 - Horns

At this stage, our giraffe already has a snout with nostrils and eyes. Now came the turn of something like horns. They are to be placed between the beads of the upper part of the fifth row. The diagram shows that between the second and third beads and between the fourth and fifth beads (marked with a purple line). To do this, we thread one end of the line through the two outermost beads of the upper fifth row.

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We pull the wire to the end and thread the appendage beads on it - 2 light and 1 dark. Then we thread the end of the line down the light beads so that the dark one is blocked at the top.

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We thread the end of the line through the remaining four beads of the upper fifth row.

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Create the second horn in exactly the same way, with the other end of the line coming from the bottom row of the fifth.

This is what a giraffe's face looks like with two horns.

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Row 6 - Ears

As the lines now come out of the top of the giraffe, in the sixth row we will start by adding some beads from the belly, i.e. 4 light ones. We cross the lines as in the previous rows. Then we add the back part - 7 light beads. In the sixth row, giraffe ears will also be made.

We thread one end of the line through all four beads of the abdominal part of the sixth row and the first bead of the dorsal part.

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This is where the first ear will be formed. We thread 6 bright Toho beads.

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We thread the line back down through the bead second from the top.

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We select 3 light beads.

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We thread the end of the line through the first bead of the ear and pull it tight to form the right shape.

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We thread the end of the line through the remaining six beads of the dorsal part.

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We make the other ear in the same way. Doesn't it already look like a giraffe's head?

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Row 7-13 - Mane

We start the seventh row by adding the belly beads.

In rows 7-13, on the long neck, we will create a short giraffe mane from two dark Toho beads. You will do it exactly the same way as for creating appendages on the fifth row. Follow the pattern. The mane will be between the third and fourth beads of the dorsal part.

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This is perhaps the most enjoyable part - the belly. We just add the beads according to the diagram.

Row 24 - Tail

The tail will be formed in the dorsal part of row 24 - between the third and fourth beads. We thread both the right and left ends of the line through the 3 beads of the dorsal part so as to pull them out exactly in the middle of the ridge. Then we thread 8 Toho beads on a double line. We split the fishing lines. Thread 3 Toho beads on one end.

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We thread the end of the line back through the second and third bead from the top.

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We finish the other end of the fishing line in the same way.

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Then tie the ends of the line into a double knot. If the knot is untied, it can be secured with a lighter, but you must do it very carefully, otherwise the line will break. Pull the ends of the line further down the tail and trim off its excess.

This is what the finished giraffe's torso looks like

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All that is left to do is the legs. For each of the four legs you will need a line 30-40 cm long (it is better to have too long than to start over when it turns out to be too short). Attach the legs at the height of rows 16-17 and 22-23.

We string the fishing line under rows 16-17 in the dorsal part.

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We align the ends of the line and place it exactly on the side of the giraffe - in the place where the lines of the dorsal and abdominal parts intersect.

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We begin to weave the leg according to diagram, exactly in the same way as we wove the belly earlier, i.e. in semicircles.

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Here is the leg ready. The ends of the line, as in the case of the tail, can be tied with a knot and burned with a lighter. We make the other limbs in the same way.

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My giraffe's legs are attached to the sides, making it look a bit like a cuddly toy. If you want a more realistic effect, you can attach the legs from the bottom of the belly by pulling the line through the beads.

Do you like this version of the beaded animal?

How to attach a keychain to the keys?

Thread a length of about 30 cm of line through the beads of the first row, so that the ends come out exactly in the middle of the bottom of the mouth.

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Add 7 jump rings to an extra large split ring or Lobster claw  to form a chain.

Thread a Jump Ring through both ends of the fishing line. Then we thread the ends of the line through the adjacent beads. One end to the right, the other to the left.

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You May find these video's useful if you are new to beading:

How to use a Jump Ring

How to Add More Thread

How to Secure your Threads