Cut out a piece of Beading Foundation that is around ½ inch or 1.3cm larger than your beetle. Add a small amount of glue such as Hasulith or E6000 to the back of your beetle and then place it centrally on your Beading Foundation. Give it a good press and leave it dry. If you don’t like to use glue then you can also use double sided tape, as once you begin to create your bezel the beads will hold the beetle in place.
Using size 11 delica beads in a colour that matches or contrasts with your beetle. Add beads using a technique called backstitch.
Thread your needle with a comfortable working length of thread. Tie a knot towards the end of your thread.
Note: If you intend to add crystals around your bezel as an embellishment you should switch to fireline or wildfire as the crystals will cut through regular nymo type threads.
Bring your needle up from the underneath of the Beading Foundation with the needle as close as you can to the edge of the beetle. Pick up 4 delica beads and stitch down through the stiff stuff leaving enough room for the beads. TIP: I like to push my beads down to the Beading Foundation and lay them along the edge of the beetle so I can work out where to stitch.
Bring your needle back up between your second and third beads and push your needle through beads 3 and 4.
TIP: Ensure that you always stitch close to the beetle edge as you will be trimming the bead backing in later steps and you don’t want to cut through your threads and have all your hard work unravel!
Pick up another 4 delicas and stitch down again next to your beetle, bring the needle back up between the middle two beads just added, stitch though the last two and repeat around your beetle. When you get back the start you may need to alter your bead count to fit in the beads, but always finish with an even number of beads.
Coming out of any one delica bead in your base row, pick up 1 delica and skip the next delica before weaving through the next delica. This will add a bead on top of your base row, you will need to pull through thread tight and the new bead should sit on top of the base row bead. Repeat picking up a delica, skipping one delica and weaving through a delica all the way around your base row. This is peyote stitch.
Now to add your next row, step up so you are coming out of the first delica added in the previous step, and repeat until you have a diagonal row of 5 delica beads, then step up and continue using a size 15 seed bead. Repeat the same steps in Step 4 above, you will need to pull tight again on your thread after each bead is added to make sure you tighten the bezel. Step up at the end and add a final row of size 15 seed beads.
Finish this thread by weaving down through the beads to the beading foundation tie off your thread at the back of the beading foundation with a couple of knots.
Thread your needle with nymo and tie a couple of knots near the end, leaving a tail long enough to hide between your beads later. Starting out 1-2mm from the edge at that back of your pendant weave through between the beading foundation and ultrasuede, pick up two size 8 seed beads and take your needle up through the ultrasuede at the bottom, and through the beading foundation, then weave through the second bead in this stitch.
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