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How to bezel a natural stone – an embroidery stitch DIY tutorial

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How to bezel a natural stone – an embroidery stitch DIY tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Monika Draganek presents to you a DIY tutorial in which she shows you how to bezel a natural stone, which makes a perfect, beautiful, unique necklace. We will work with beading embroidery stitches – backstitch, peyote stitch and brick stitch. Who wants to learn with us?

Supplies used in this project:

Pendant:

  • Natural Stones (NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRODUCTS LIST ABOVE) – 44x30mm agate cabochon. I’ve chosen a violet and pink stone with visible inclusions and a lovely, oblong hole in its central part.
  • Agate – 2 sizes of faceted drops (NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRODUCTS LIST ABOVE) (two pieces of 12x8mm and 1 piece of 14x10mm) in a contrastive, dark violet colour.
  • Felt – soft, polyester felt in pastel salmon pink. It will make our foundation to finish off the back of the pendant.
  • TOHO beads – 2 sizes. We’re going to use them to bezel the stone and to make a bail. I’ve chosen the colours matching the agate stone, that is: about 3.5g of 11/0 Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, about 0.3g of 15/0 Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp and about 0.5g of 15/0 Copper-Lined Crystal.
  • Jewellery threads – nylon or monofilament ones. Choose the colour matching the colour of the beads. I’ve chosen white, nylon threads which won’t stand out combined with the pastel beads. A good idea is to use fine, monofilament threads.
  • Jewellery needle – size 12 beading needle. It needs to pass through a 15/0 bead several times.
  • Jewellery glue – to stick the stone to the felt, e.g. Hasulith or UHU

Necklace base:

  •  jewellery cord – I’ve chosen a pastel pink cotton wax cord with a diameter of 1mm. You will need 3 x 50cm pieces. You may also use round leather cords or suede, flat ones. The pendant will look equally beautiful when hung on a twisted cord or a crochet beaded rope.
  •  jewellery end caps – 4.5mm silver
  • a lobster clasp – classic 10mm one
  • Jump rings – 6mm ones to attach the pendant and an adjustment chain
  • Chain (NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRODUCT LIST ABOVE) – to adjust the length of the necklace

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! <3

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Firstly, stick the stone onto the piece of felt – that will make a foundation for bezelling

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Let the glue dry and let’s stitch. Create the first row of beads using the backstitch. Pass the needle up through the felt just by the edge of the agate. String 2 11/0 Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline beads and stitch them to the foundation.

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Pass the needle up before the 1st bead and pass the needle through the 1st and the 2nd bead again.

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Pass the needle through the 3 following beads.

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String 2 TOHO beads and pass the needle through the felt 3 beads back

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Pass the needle through the 3 last added beads.

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Continue stitching the same way until you have completed the whole row – string 2 TOHO beads, pass the needle through the felt 3 beads back and pass the needle through those beads. We practiced the back stitch while making one of the previous projects - https://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/projects/beading-embroidery-backstitch-and-brick-stitch-diy-tutorial.

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In the following steps we are going to bezel the stone with the peyote stitch.

Pass the needle through the 1st bead of the 1st row. String 1 TOHO bead and pass the needle through the 3rd bead of the 1st row.

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String 1 TOHO bead and pass the needle through the 5th bead of the 1st row.

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Continue until you have completed the whole row.

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Do the same in the 3rd row – add one 1 TOHO bead between each two beads of the 2nd row. As you finish, it should look like this.

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Do the same in the 4th row – add one 1 TOHO bead between each two beads of the 3rd row

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We’re still going to work with peyote stitch in the 5th and 6th rows, but with smaller beads – that is 15/0 Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp. Due to the smaller beads the bezel starts closing around the stone;

This is how the 5th row should look like…

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… and the 6th one.

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… and the 6th one.

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Pass the needle towards the bottom of the stone – pass it down diagonally through the beads of all previous rows.

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Pass the needle through the felt, so that the thread comes out of the bottom of the pendant.

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Pass the needle back up just next to the bezel.

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We’re going to make another row of beads working with the back stitch (the same we worked with at the beginning) around the whole bezel. Here: 11/0 Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline TOHO Round beads.

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This is what this row should look like. The main element of the necklace is finished.

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Cut out the bezeled stone with sharp scissors, as close to its edge as you can. Be careful and don’t cut the threads.

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We definitely need to finish the back side.

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Trace the shape of the pendant on the left side of the piece of felt, suede or leather. I used a piece of light grey ecological suede. Cut it out and put to the back of the pendant. Stick it onto the back so it won’t move.

We’re going to bind the edges with the brick stitch which was used in the previous tutorial ( https://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/projects/beading-embroidery-backstitch-and-brick-stitch-diy-tutorial). We’re going to use 15/0 Copper-Lined Crystal TOHO beads here. 

 

Firstly, pass the needle down through the felt to the bottom of the pendant a few millimetres from its edge. String 2 TOHO beads and pass the needle up the felt between the 11/0 TOHO bead of the last backstitch row.

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Pull the thread.

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Pass the needle up through the 2nd 15/0 TOHO bead.

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As you pull the thread, the bead should place itself endways at the edge of the pendant.

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String 1 15/0 TOHO bead and pass the needle up between the 11/0 TOHO beads

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Pass the needle up though the 15/0 bead.

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Continue until you have completed the whole row.

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And here’s the final effect.

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Now we can attach the violet agate drops.

Pass the needle zigzagging through 15/0 TOHO beads towards the place you want to attach the drop. As you can see in the picture below, the thread should come out of the top of one of the 15/0 beads.

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String a sequence of beads: 7 x Copper-Lined Crystal, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 7 x Copper-Lined Crystal, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 12x8mm agate, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp.

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Pass the needle back through the beads just strung – omit the 1st one.

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Pass the needle through a 15/0 bead from the brick stitch row you started from. Pass the needle zigzagging through the nearest beads to attach the 2nd tassel with an agate drop. I left a gap of 5 beads between the drops.

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Now, string a sequence of a bigger number of beads and with a bigger agate drop: 12 x Copper-Lined Crystal, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 12 x Copper-Lined Crystal, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 14x10mm agate, 1 x Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline, 1 x Opaque-Pastel-Frosted Shrimp.

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Pass the needle back through the beads just strung – omit the 1st one.

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Attach the last sequence of beads with the agate drop making a mirror image of the 1st one.

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At the last minute, I decided to add tassels made of TOHO beads only. Attach them the same way you attached the tassels with agate drops.

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The pendant looks beautiful already, but it’s missing one important part – the bail you can hang it on. I decided to make a beaded cylinder through which you can pass a cord or a leather cord (it’s up to you).

We’re going to stitch the bail with the even count peyote stitch with 11/0 TOHO beads in the same colour as the bezel, that is Silver-Lined Frosted Rosaline. You can find a pattern for the bail below.

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String 14 TOHO beads, turn back and add 1 bead every second bead of the 1st row. Continue until you have made a rectangle which side is built of 8 beads.

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Pass the needle through all of the beads around the cylinder to reinforce it. If the beads don’t lie nicely and they roll, it’s good to put something inside the cylinder while stitching, e.g. a fine pencil, a piece of cord or chopsticks.

This is what a finished cylinder should look like.

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All you need to do now is attach is to the pendant. I didn’t cut the threads I bezeled the stone and stitched the cylinder with them on purpose. They are useful to connect both elements.

Put the cylinder to the pendant to choose the proper place for it – make it as symmetrically as you can. Choose 2 TOHO beads of the last row of the bezel which will be used to attach the bail (marked with black dots in the picture). Pass the needle through the beads of the bezel towards the 1st of the marked beads.

String (1 x Toho 15/0 Shrimp, 1 x Toho 11/0 Rosaline) and pass the needle through the 2nd bead from the edge of the cylinder.

 

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Pass the needle through the previously strung 11/0 Rosaline bead and string 1 15/0 Shrimp. Pass the needle through the marked bead of the bezel and pull the thread.

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Pass the needle through all the beads of this link 3 - 4 times to make sure the thread won’t break while wearing the pendant. Hide the end of the thread in the beads of the bezel.

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Do the same to attach the other side of the pendant using the thread from the cylinder.

This is what your finished pendant should look like.

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I decided to hang it on a base made of a triple 1 mm cord. Pass the pastel pink 50 cm long cords through the bail. Tie a knot above the bail, and stick the endings into the silver end caps with a hole of 3 mm. Let the glue dry and then attach the lobster clasp and an adjustment chain with the jump rings.

The pendant will look equally beautiful when hung on a short base. You can replace a fine cord with a leather or a twisted cord or a beaded crochet rope. I’m curious about your ideas, because there is a plenty of possibilities.

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