A beaded owl – bezeled rivoli
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Designed by: Alicja Czapla
Beaded animals have been very popular recently, in the end – who doesn’t like cat or owl motives. We have presented beaded cats, so now it’s time for owls. In this course, Alicja Czapla shows how to make a beaded owl with hypnotic, crystal eyes. The beaded owl isn’t difficult to make. You just need to know how to bezel rivoli which we practised in the previous courses. Let’s stitch!
Many beaded owls patterns can be found on the Internet, so we know there are various ways to make them. They may look complicated, but if know how to bezel rivoli you can make your own version of an owl easily. You just need to connect several basic elements, which I show in this course.
To make these lovely owls you will need:
- Rivoli crystals – one 12 mm Bonny and two 6 mm Bonny crystals (if you want your owl to have bigger eyes, you may use 8 mm crystals)
- 15/0 and 11/0 TOHO beads
- 4 mm Firepolish beads
- Head pin
- Bail – I recommend stainless steel bails with about 4 mm hole
- Jewellery thread – e.g. One-G
- Jewellery needle – e.g. John James beading needle
- Jewellery tools – sharp scissors, diagonal and round nose pliers (to cut the head pin and make a loop)
- You may also need clear nail polish to treat the knot.
The materials are prepared so let’s stitch. Firstly, we use beads to bezel the rivoli, according to the beaded cat tutorial .
We start to bezel the 12 mm rivoli with 32 beads, and the 6 mm with 18 beads. IMPORTANT! When bezel the 6 mm rivoli after having added 11/0 TOHO beads, add only 2 rows of 15/0 TOHO beads instead of 3 as it’s shown in the tutorial. Cut only the short threads and treat these places with the nail polish.
If you bezel other crystals than Bonny it may happen that to bezel the 6 mm crystals you need to start with 20 beads.
As you bezel all the crystals, connect them using the long threads which are left by the rivoli crystals.
Stitch 11/0 TOHO beads to each other in the places marked with arrows. Don’t cut the threads now.
The body and the eyes of the owl are completed.
Now we make the wings. Pass to the marked 11/0 TOHO bead (as shown). Use the thread which is in the owl’s body. String 1 Firepolish and 1 TOHO bead (15/0 or 11/0 – it’s up to you).
Pass the thread through Firepolish bead again and pass through the nearest 11/0 TOHO bead.
The same way, add the beads three times on both sides of the body. As you pass from one side to another, remember to pass the needle through the beads – that way it won’t show. The owl should look like this:
Now we make „a hat” and a beak. You can make the hat with 15/0 or 11/0 TOHO beads. It looks neater if you use smaller beads. On the other hand, if you make the square with 11/0 TOHO beads it is easier to stitch it to the crystals.
We need to make a square.
In the last row, in the marked places, add three beads instead of two in two corners, and add 1 Firepolish and 1 TOHO in one corner as we did in the wings part
Stitch the hat to the owl’s eyes. Put it as it’s shown in the pictures – with the beak between the eyes
Stitch it to the eyes by passing through between the beads from the square and the beads from the eyes. Unfortunately, I’m not able to show it accurately in the pictures, because it would be impossible to notice it and if you make the hat with 11/0 TOHO beads you pass the needle through different places.
If the hat is stitched to the eyes well, pass all the threads to the back. Tie the knots and cut the threads close to the beads. Treat the knot with glue or nail polish.
Our owl is completed.
Now we need to add the bail to make a pendant. Pass the head pin through the middle of the square. Be careful and don’t cut any thread (it happened to me once).
Cut the unneeded part of the head pin, but leave enough to make a loop. Make a loop and attach the bail. The pendant is done.
Let us know what you think about our beaded owl tutorial and share your own versions of these lovely birds.
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