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How to make beaded balls - DIY Tutorial

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How to make beaded balls - DIY Tutorial

Designed by: Weronika Kaczor

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Weronika Kaczor has prepared another wonderful tutorial for us! Today you will learn how to make beaded balls with peyote stitch. You can use the beaded balls to make all kinds of jewellery, such as earrings. Let's begin! 

"I present a step-by-step tutorial on braiding a larger ball with small beads. The highest comfort of work and the best effect are ensured by the use of as even beads as possible, with rounded edges rather than cylindrical. Beads of the Japanese company Toho are perfect for this. The ball that we will braid should be colour-matched to the beads, because its colour will be slightly visible between the beads - black and transparent balls will be a universal choice."

Materials needed;

Remember that our tutorials are designed to teach you technique and bring inspiration, so your jewellery doesn't have to look exactly like the one in the tutorial. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours!

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

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Prepare about 50-60cm of thread with a needle. We thread 4 beads, leaving about 10-15 cm of line - such a "tail" will allow you to tie it at the end of the work.

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Thread all 4 beads one more time, then only the next 2. This will allow you to obtain the form of a square.

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Add one bead (the new beads are marked with blue dots) between the beads from the previous points - a total of 4. Go to the next row by threading the first bead added at this point.

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Add 2 beads between the beads from the previous row - a total of 8. Go to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

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I changed the colour for better visualization. We add one bead between the beads from the previous point. Also between those added twice - 8 in total. We move on to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

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Add 1 bead between the beads from the previous row - a total of 8. Go to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

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Add 1 bead between the beads from the previous row, and then 2 beads, between the next beads from the previous row, repeat this 3 more times - add 12 beads in total. We move on to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

We pull the thread, the braid is already taking the shape of a cap.

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I changed the colour for better visualization. We add 1 bead between the beads from the previous row, also between those that are added twice - 12 in total. Go to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

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Now we need to add out bead, headpin and silicone earring backs. We put the earring back on a pin, and on this structure our braid, a bead and another earring back. On the other hand, we bend the pin so that the whole thing sticks. We pull the thread so that the braid fits tight to the bead.

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Add 1 bead, between the beads from the previous row - a total of 12. Go to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point. At this point, we pull out the needle.

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Repeat points 1 to 8 to create the second half of the ball.

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Bend the pin and put on the second braid, then the second earring back and bend the pin so that the whole thing sticks. We add 1 bead, between the beads from the previous row - a total of 12. Go to the next row, threading the first bead added at this point.

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Check if it is enough to sew the halves together. If the beads interlock - sew, if not, sew as many middle (red) rows as we deem necessary. In my case, I needed one more row.

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We arrange the braids so that the beads interlock (as in a zipper). The thread with the needle, which we sewed on one of the halves, goes through the adjacent beads - once from the upper braid, once from the lower one, tightening quite tightly. It is important to have all lines under control so that they do not get tangled.

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After sewing, remove the ball from the pin/earring back structure. We pass each of the strands (separately) through several beads to the poles of the ball. There we tie the line two / three times with the "tail" and hide the knot to the nearest bead (15b). It is important not to cut the line at the knot - it will untangle! You can also secure the knot with a drop of instant glue.

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There are methods of making beads from start to finish without having to create two halves, however, for beginners in this technique, reducing the beads could be a problem.

Shortcut for adding beads:

1. 4k
2. 4k
3. 2k x4 - a total of 8k
4. 8k
5. 8k
6. (1k, 2k) x4 - a total of 12k
7. 12k
8. 12k

Larger beads can be braided starting with 5, not 4, beads. On the other hand, smaller ones with only one extension (up to p. 6)

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