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Beaded Owl Pendant - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Beaded Owl Pendant - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Lindsay McDonald

Difficulty: Beginner


Lindsay shows us how easy it is to adapt one of our tutorials by choosing alternative products and making it your own. In this super cute tutorial, she has re-imagined our Autumn Owl Pendant using different products from those recommended in her own colour choices and as always, we are bowled over with her beautiful work. Are you ready to follow her tutorial and make your own? Let's bead!

Before you begin. The final measurement for this piece is approximately 6x5cm. I like to think of this type of beading as drawing with beads. That being the case, you may wish to swap the colours around or make it slightly differently than I have to suit your taste. Most of the beads are added using the same method and as long as you remember to sew tiny stitches back into the felt every 3 or 4 beads to secure them, and then sew through all of the beads in that section to place them correctly, your finished piece will be beautiful.

You can add all the items you need for the necklace 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 Used List':

  • Felt
  • 2 x 6mm Bonny rivoli (mocca)
  • Beading Thread
  • Preciosa size 10 seed beads (opaque mocca)
  • Preciosa size 8 seed beads (smoked topaz)
  • Miyuki long magatama (cream)
  • Preciosa size 8 seed beads  (opaque beige)
  • Preciosa size 6 seed beads (opaque beige)
  • Cabochon (18x25mm brown obsidian)
  • Needle
  • Sharp scissors
  • Optional : Bail or Brooch Back

We believe that jewellery should be as individual as you are and so 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 creative imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery?

Adapted by Lindsay McDonald - April 2022. Original design by Sarah Millsopp - September 2017

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1. First,  glue one of the rivoli's onto a rectangle of felt. This is the beginning of the owl's eye. Tie a knot on about 1m of thread and sew through the felt from the reverse about 1mm from the edge of the rivoli.

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2. Next, pick up enough size 10 seed beads to surround the rivoli. Sew through 3 or 4 beads then sew a tiny stitch into the felt to secure it. Continue this until you have attached all of the beads in the ring. Then, sew through the whole ring. This will make sure that the beads sit nicely. Sew back in and out of  the felt.

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3. Then, using the same method, pick up enough smoked topaz size  8 seed beads to surround the eye.

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4. Complete steps 1-3 for the second eye.

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5. Next, we are going to add the owl's beak. Making sure the thread is exiting the felt between the eyes, add the magatama bead and sew through it several times for strength.

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6. After that, using the same technique as we used around the eyes, we are going to add a layer of opaque beige size 8 seed beads. Start at one side of the beak, around both eyes and then finishing at the other side of the beak. In the space above the beak, immediately between the eyes, we are going to add one size 6 seed bead for neatness.

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7. Next, glue the cabochon below the beak leaving enough room for one row of size 8 seed beads. However, when attaching this row, it must be of an even number. Exit from any bead in this row.

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8. Then, although we have glued the cabochon down, we are going to add a row of size 10 seed beads as if we are forming a bezel around it. Pick up one size 10 seed bead, then ignoring the next size 8 seed bead, sew into the following one. Continue around the cabochon in this way. Exit from the first size 10 seed bead added.

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9. Following that, using the same technique, we will add another row of size 10 seed beads. This will cinch the beads in to hold the cabochon. Finish by stepping down through the beads, sew into the felt  and out as near to where the body meets one of the  eyes.

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10. Now, we are going to form the wings. Again, using the same technique, pick up a row of beads to surround one side of the body. I have used three rows of opaque beige size 8 seed beads which change to the smoked topaz at the ends. I have made each row a little shorter than the last to make the owl's body shape but you may prefer to make the wings longer or shorter or reverse the colours. I then added an outer row of size 10 seed beads.

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11. Next we are going to add the ears and the top of the owl's head. You may wish to make the ears curved, slanted or pointy, whichever you prefer.

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12. Finally, carefully cut around the owl using very sharp scissors. Sewing to the centre of the owl's head, pick up eleven size 10 seed beads to create a hanging loop. Sew back into the first bead added and then around the loop again for strength. Tie off any loose threads. You can of course not do this and add a glue on bail or a brooch back instead! You can find our brooch backs HERE.

Firmly glue the owl to a backing piece of felt and cut it out making sure not to cut through any threads.

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