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[Tutorial] Twin Ixora
2014-01-19 10:02
Tutorial : Twin Ixora
Level : Intermediate


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Materials
- 176-192 pcs. Bicone Crystal 4mm (depend on length)
- Approx 5g. 11/0 Round Seed Beads
- 2 pcs. 8/0 Round Seed Beads (optional)
- 22 - 26 pcs. Round Beads 6mm (depend on length)
- Jumpring
- Two strands box clasp or magnetic clasp or any clasp you like.

- Monofilament Beading Thread (0.25mm - 0.3mm).

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Well, actually this is the thread I always used when I said I used fishing nylon thread for crossweaving (mostly in my early tutorials). You can get it easy and cheap from ebay since I believe they're from China. But if you prefer something with brand, please look for Beadalon Supplemax. The thread is strong and thick. Not elastic thread. Good for crossweaving or RAW but not peyote or other stitches. You don't need needle, just hand weave it. No wax is needed too. I think it can hold crystals quite well. With most crystal bracelets I made and wore them in real life (donut thai style or Andreth), it's quite long lasting.

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The colors for my tourmaline are Jet, Morion, Olivine, Light Olivine, Light Topaz, Rose and Ruby. Please note that swarovski discontinued morion from their production line now so you may have a hard time finding them. Or just use Silver Night or Black Diamond.

The pearl is white.

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The colors are Purple Velvet 2X, Sapphire 2X, Peridot 2X and Crystal 2X.

Two kinds of 6mm round beads are white pearl and crystal round (#5000, Purple Velvet, Peridot AB and Light Sapphire AB).

This tutorial is similar to Crystal Bracelet #17. In short, you just make two crystal bracelets #17 from step 1 - 13, and then, just connect them with pearl 6mm.

1.

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8/0 here is optional. You can just use 11/0.

Cut the thread around 100 cm. Pick up four 11/0s, 8/0 and three 11/0s. Cross the threads at the first 11/0 (red arrow).

2.

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Cut another thread around 100 cm. Pass through 8/0. Pick up three 11/0s for each side and cross the threads at 11/0 (red arrow).

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Now you will have four threads to play with. Enjoy!

4.

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On the right threads, pick up one crystal to each thread. Cross them at 11/0 (red arrow).

5.

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On the left threads, pick up two 11/0s and cross them at 11/0 (red arrow).

6.

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Pull your thread snugly. Now you see the four threads are pointing up and down.

7.

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Now we will work with two threads pointing up. Pick up one crystal to the right thread. Pick up two 11/0s to the left thread. Cross them at 11/0 (red arrow).

8.

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Now to the two threads pointing down. Pick up one crystal to the right thread. Pick up two 11/0s to the left thread. Cross them at the 11/0 (red arrow).

Pull your threads. Those four threads are pointing to left and right as we start in step 3.

Repeat crossweaving from step 4 to 8. I know the photos are difficult to understand. And don't worry about picking up the wrong threads. When you weave it, it's hard to miss since the base will be all seed beads and crystals will be on top.

9.

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When you get the desired length, pick up three 11/0s to each thread. Cross them at 8/0 (red arrow).

10.

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This is how I finish off the thread. Pass one thread through three 11/0s, and pass another thread to four 11/0s. Tie the double knots here (red arrow). And pass your thread to the crystal or 11/0s to hide the knot inside your beads before cutting the remaining thread. Do the same for the other threads.

11.

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Make two bracelets.

12.

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Cut new thread (I can't remember how long, one arm and a little more maybe?). Pick up 6mm round. Pass your thread to the crystals at the corner on both bracelets (red arrows). And pass through the next crystals (blue arrows).

13.

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Cross both threads at 6mm round (red arrow).

14.

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Pass through two crystals. Do the same for both sides (red arrows). Cross both threads at 6mm round (blue arrow). Repeat this step for the entire length.

Weave the remaining thread to your beads and tie double knot. Pass your threads into your beads to hide the knot before cutting off your threads.

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Use jumpring to add your clasp. Finished!

Play with colors and have fun! Happy Beading!

hello everyone
2014-01-05 07:08
Just an introduction....

[Tutorial] Nsu Yeul
2013-11-22 11:37
Tutorial : Nsu Yeul
Level : Beginner to intermediate


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Material for one component.
- 16 pcs. Crystal bicone 3mm. (Rose Water Opal) (My friend Carol tested it with 4mm. it worked fine!)
- 8 pcs. Crystal bicone 4mm. (Amethyst)
- 8 pcs. Czech fire polished 4mm. (Not sure the color name, Lavender Pearl Coated, maybe?)
- Approx 1g. 11/0 Seed beads (Miyuki Duracoat Muscat #4206)

- Nymo D or your favorite thread
- Beading needle

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If you want to add dangle, just add drop beads or any pendant bead you like.

1.

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Cut the thread around one arm. Pick up [11/0 and Czech 4mm.] four times, total of eight beads. Pass through all beads again to form a tight square. Leave the tail. Exit at the 11/0 (red arrow).

2.

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Pick up crystal 4mm. three 11/0s and crystal 4mm. Pass through the next 11/0 (red arrow).

3.

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Repeat step 2 all around. You should get this. Exit at 11/0 (red arrow).

4.

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Pick up crystal 3mm, 11/0 and crystal 3mm. Pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

Note : The thread may be visible here. If you don't like this, you can add 15/0. (15/0, 3mm, 11/0, 3mm and 15/0) or just change to 4mm.

5.

005

Repeat step 4 all around. You should get this. Exit at 11/0 between crystal 3mm (red arrow).

6.

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Pick up crystal 3mm. Pass through the three 11/0s (red arrows).

7.

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Pick up crystal 3mm. Pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

Pass through 3mm, 11/0 (at the base) and the next 3mm and 11/0 (blue arrow).

8.

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Repeat step 6 and 7 all around. You should get these four little flowers. Exit at crystal 4mm (red arrow).

9.

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Pick up 11/0, Czech 4mm and 11/0. Pass through crystal 4mm. (red arrow) and the next crystal 4mm (blue arrow).

10.

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Pass through the next two 11/0s (red arrow). Pick up three 11/0s and pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

Pass through the next 11/0 and the next two crystals 4mm. (blue arrow).

11.

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Repeat step 9 and 10 all around. You should get this. Your component is finished here.

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You can use this component for pendant, earrings, ring or even bracelet. I don't have enough 3mm to complete the bracelet. lol

Hope you like it. Happy beading!

Tutorial : Russian Spiral Earrings
2013-09-09 12:17
Tutorial : Russian Spiral Earrings
Level : Beginner


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Materials
- Crystal Bicone 4mm. Rose (color A), Tanzanite (color B)
- Pearl 6mm. (White)
- 11/0 Seed Beads, 2 colors.
- Ear Hooks

- Beading needle and your favorite thread. I use simple nymo D and needle size 11.

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I'm not sure the exact color name for 11/0 since I picked them from my stash. The dark bronze is matsuno, I will refer it as 11/0 color A. The silverlined light purple is miyuki, as 11/0 color B.

Actually, you can use just one color for both bicone and seed beads. I use two colors because it's easy to point out where you need to go.

The technique is Russian Spiral. Please be noted that from step 7 to the end, the pictures will be difficult to understand, and sadly, I don't know how to draw a diagram. So just stick with one crystal, one 11/0 and two 11/0s, and pass through 11/0 from the previous round.

1.

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On comfortable length of thread, pick up one pearl, three 11/0 color A, one 11/0 color B, and three 11/0 color A.

Pass through the pearl.

2.

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Pick up three 11/0 A, one 11/0 B and three 11/0 A. Pass through the pearl.

3.

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Pass through the next seven 11/0s, pick up 11/0 B and pass through the next seven 11/0s. Pick up 11/0 B and pass through the next 11/0. You can pass through all the 11/0s. This is your base. Exit at any 11/0 B.

4.

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I'm right handed and prefer to work counter clockwise, so from the previous step, I turn it upside down.

Pick up crystal A, 11/0 B and two 11/0 A. Pass through the next 11/0 B at the base (red arrow).

5.

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Pick up crystal B, 11/0 B, and two 11/0 A. Pass through the next 11/0 B at the base (red arrow).

6.

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Repeat step 5 and 6 to complete the first round.

Pass through the first crystal A and 11/0 B (red arrows).

7.

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We begin the second round here.

Pick up crystal B, 11/0 B and two 11/0 A. Pass through 11/0 B from the first round (red arrow).

8.

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Pick up crystal A, 11/0 B and two 11/0 A. Pass through the next 11/0 B from the first round (red arrow).

9.

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Repeat step 7 and 8 to complete the round.

Pass through the first crystal B and 11/0 B (red arrows).

10.

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I'm sorry the picture is hard to understand, but I believe you should get it by now how to do this third round. This is the same as in step 7 - 9.

Pick up crystal A, 11/0 B and two 11/0 A. Pass through 11/0 B from the second round (red arrow).

11.

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Pick up crystal B, 11/0 B and two 11/0 A. Pass through the next 11/0 B from the second round (red arrow).

12.

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Repeat step 10 - 11 to complete this round. Pass through the first crystal A and 11/0 B (red arrows).

13.

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Pick up three 11/0 A. Pass through 11/0 B from the previous round (red arrow).

14.

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Repeat step 13 to add three 11/0 A all around.

Exit at the third 11/0 A (red arrow).

15.

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Pick up a pearl and pass through 11/0 A at the opposite side (red arrow).

Pass through the next six 11/0s (blue arrow).

16.

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Pass through the pearl and 11/0 A at the opposite side (red arrow).

Pass through the next six 11/0 (blue arrow).

You can pass through all beads again for extra security.

17.

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This is how I added the ear hook.

Pick up 11/0 B, three 11/0 A, ear hook, three 11/0 A and 11/0 B.

18.

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Pass through 11/0 A at the opposite (red arrow).

Pass through the next six 11/0s (blue arrow).

19.

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Pick up 11/0 B and pass through 11/0 A (red arrow). Pass through the next 11/0s to the other side.

20.

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Pick up 11/0 B and pass through 11/0 A (red arrow). You can pass through all beads again for extra security.

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This is my first experiment. The colors are
- Cyrstal 4mm Hyacinth 2X (A), Peridot 2X (B)
- Pearl 6mm White
- Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Gold #4202 (A), Chartreuse Lined Green AB #354 (B)

If it is still confusing, just refer to basic russian spiral. There are many tutorials from various blogs and youtube. I also recommend Beth Stone's book, Seed Bead Stitching. Very good book for beginners.

Happy beading!

[Tutorial] Estelia
2013-07-09 12:37
Tutorial : Estelia
Level : Intermediate


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Before you get start, please read community info here.
http://bead-tutorial.livejournal.com/profile

I added more rules about sharing my tutorials and I have to rewrite it again if I can think of additional rules to add. It's to protect my copyrights. It came to my attention lately that some of my tutorials were stolen to post in other website (Chinese biggest beads supplier you all know) without my permission and all my watermarks also were removed. I already deal with the website, my tutorials were removed and got the apology letter. But it still left me a bad feeling since I'm not sure they found my tutorial themselves or someone DID submit my tutorials for easy cash.

That's also explained my absence. lol Okay, back to tutorial now.


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Materials
- 1 pc. Rivoli 12mm. (Swarovski, Aquamarine)
- 12 pcs. Bicone 3mm. Color A (Czech or maybe Chinese, Blue Alabaster. I got from China Town in Thailand, I don't know where you can get them online, sorry.)
- 12 pcs. Bicone 3mm. Color B (Swarovski, Copper)
- 18 pcs. Superduo. (Czech, Magic Blue Pink. I got them from scarabeads.etsy and BeadsOfBohemia.etsy)
- 6 pcs. Solo (Czech, Light Blue. I got them from BeadsOfBohemia.etsy. You can use drop beads, superduo or twin or even bicone or pearl 3mm.)
- 1g. Seed Bead 11/0 (Miyuki, Duracoat Muscat #4206. I got them from redpanda.com)
- 1g. Seed Bead 15/0 (Miyuki, Galvanized Silver #181)

- Nymo D or Fireline or your favorite thread.
- Beading needle

1.

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On comfortable length of thread, pick up alternate pattern of 11/0 and superduo six times, total of 12 beads.

2.

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Tie your threads into the tight circle (red arrow). Pass your thread to all beads with good tension. Exit your thread at any superduo and pass through the outside hole (blue arrow).

3.

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Pick up 15/0, bicone color A and 15/0. Pass through the outside hole of the next superduo (red arrow).

NOTE : This is at the back of your pendant and I don't have many blue alabaster beads so I use simple clear crystal here.

4.

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Repeat step 3 all around. You should get this. Exit at the first 15/0 added (red arrow).

5.

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Pick up superduo, 11/0 and superduo. Skip the bicone. Pass through the next 15/0 (red arrow), superduo, and exit at the next 15/0 (blue arrow).

6.

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Repeat step 5 all around. You should get this.

Exit at the first superduo added and pass through the outside hole (red arrow). And pass through the outside hole of the next superduo (blue arrow).

7.

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Pick up three 15/0, pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

Pick up three 15/0, pass through the outside hole of the superduo (blue arrow) and the next superduo (green arrow).

8.

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Repeat step 7 all around, you should get this. Exit your thread at the superduo before 15/0 (red arrow).

9.

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Pass through the inside hole of the same superduo (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0, bicone color A and 11/0. Pass through the inside hole of the superduo (blue arrow).

Pass through 11/0 and exit at the next superduo (green arrow).

10.

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Repeat step 9 all around. You should get six arcs. Exit at the first bicone (red arrow).

11.

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Pick up 11/0, 15/0 and 11/0. Pass through the next bicone (red arrow).

12.

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Use tight tension to repeat step 11 all around, but before you complete adding seed beads with the last arc, put rivoli inside. Pass through all beads again for extra security. It should hold the rivoli safely.

Exit your thread at the bicone (red arrow).

13.

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Pass through 11/0 (red arrow), superduo, 11/0 and three 15/0s. You should exit at the thrid 15/0 (blue arrow).

14.

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Pick up bicone color B, 15/0 and bicone color B. Pass through the next two 15/0s (red and blue arrow).

15.

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Pick up 15/0, solo and 15/0. Pass through the second and thrid 15/0s (red and blue arrow).

16.

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Repeat step 14 and 15 all around. Almost done now.

17.

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This is how I do the bail. Exit at 15/0 between bicone (red arrow). Pick up six or any number of 11/0s, pass through the same 15/0 we started. Pass through all beads again.

18.

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Pass through the first 11/0. Pick up 15/0 and pass through the next 11/0. Continue adding 15/0 between each 11/0 all around.

Pass the remaining thread to your beads. Do the half hitch knot as many time as you want for extra security. Or if you are like me who still keep your tail on, tie your thread with the tail.

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This is my first try with this design.

- 1 pc. Rivoli 12mm. (Swarovski, Tanzanite)
- 12 pcs. Bicone 3mm. Color A (Swarovski, Jonquil 2X)
- 12 pcs. Bicone 3mm. Color B (Swarovski, Erinite 2X or Emerald 2X I can't remember. lol)
- 18 pcs. Superduo. (Czech, Chalk champagne luster, scarabeads)
- 6 pcs. Solo (Czech, Beige. BeadsOfBohemia)
- 1g. Seed Bead 11/0 (Miyuki, Chartreuse Lined Green AB, #354)
- 1g. Seed Bead 15/0 (Miyuki, Galvanized Gold #182)

Hope you like this pendant. Happy beading!

[Tutorial] Spring on Tila
2013-03-31 19:32
Tutorial : Spring on Tila
Level : Intermediate


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Materials
- Miyuki Tila (58 - 66 pcs, depend on how long you want, 6 inches WITHOUT clasp used 62 pcs., #2008 Matte Met Patina Iris)
- Miyuki Bugle 6mm (Silverlined Gold, you can used any color since the seed beads will cover them.)
- 3mm pearl round (Swarovski Light Blue)
- 11/0 seed beads
(SB1 - Czech Light Gold Supra Metallic)
(SB2 - Miyuki #2008 Matte Met Patina Iris)
(SB3 - Miyuki #556 Dyed Rose S/L Alabaster)
- 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki #182 Galvanized Gold)

- Beading thread (I use KO because it's the only green thread I have. lol. You can use fireline or nymo D)
- Beading needle #11

- Jumpring
- Clasp

The bracelet will not stretch. That's why I don't try to make bangle from this design. You may try it if you want. :-)

1.

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On the comfortable length of thread, pick up tila, bugle, tila, SB1, SB2 and SB1).

2.

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Pass through the other hole of the tila (red arrow). Pick up bugle and pass through the free hole of the first tila. Pick up SB1, SB2 and SB1.

3.

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Tie double knot with the tail. Pass through tila (red arrow).

4.

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Sew up through the left hole of the new tila and down through the right hole of the first tila. They will sit side by side.

Sew up through the left hole of the tila we just added (red arrow). Pull your thread.

5.

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Pick up SB1, SB2 and SB1. Pass down through the right hole of the tila.

6.

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Pick up tila, SB1, SB2 and SB1. Sew up through the left hole of the tila.

7.

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Sew down through the right hole of the other tila and up through the tila we just added. They will sit side by side. Pull your thread.

8.

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Pick up bugle and pass through the left hole of the tila.

Sew down through the right hole of the tila (red arrow).

9.

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Repeat step 4 - 8 to your desired length. Again, my 6 inches base without clasp used 31 sets (62 tila) and the bracelet will shrink a bit when you add embellishment at the next step. But if you're not sure, do not worry, you can add more base at the end.

10.

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Pick up SB2, SB3, SB2, SB3 and SB2. Sew down through the left hole of the tila at the opposide (red arrow).

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Pass through the right hole of the same tila (red arrow). Pick up SB2 and SB3 and pass through the middle seed bead of the five we just added (blue arrow).

12.

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Pick up SB3 and SB2 and pass through the left hole of the tila (red arrow).

Sew down through the right hole of the next tila (blue arrow).

13.

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Repeat step 10 - 12 to add X above the bugle beads. When you're done, you should exit at the left hole of the tila.

14.

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Sew down through the right hole of the tila (red arrow).

15.

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Pass through the next five seed beads and exit at the SB2 before the tila (red arrow).

16.

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Pick up 15/0 and pass through SB2 and SB3 (red arrow).

17.

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Pick up pearl and pass through SB3 of the next X (red arrow) and exit at the next SB2 before tila.

18.

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Pick up 15/0 and pass through the next SB2 and SB3 (red arrow)

19.

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Pick up pearl and pass through SB3 of the next X. Exit your thread at the next SB2 before tila (red arrow).

20.

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Repeat step 16 - 19.

Exit your thread at the SB3 (red arrow).

21.

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Pass through the next three seed beads and exit at the SB2 before tila (red arrow).

22.

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Pick up 15/0 and pass through the next two seed beads, pearl and SB3 and SB2 of the next X (red arrow). Pull your thread.

23.

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Pick up 15/0 and pass through the next two seed beads, pearl and SB3 and SB2 of the next X (red arrow). Pull your thread.

Repeat step 22 - 23.

24.

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You can add your clasp as your wish. Make your own beaded clasp or whatever. If you follow all my previous tutorials, you will know that I like to make the ring of beads to hang the jumpring and clasp separately, rather than to sew the clasp directly to your beadwork. Again, you can do as you wish. :-)

Exit your thread at the left hole of tila, pick up SB2, pearl, SB2 pearl and SB2. Sew up through the other tila. Sew to your beads and reinforce your path if necessary.

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The gold bracelet in the photo is my first experiment of this design. The only different is how I add 15/0, I passed only to SB3. The beads will look more cluster in the middle.

If you have any question, just let me know. Happy beading!

[Tutorial] Blue Iris Pendant
2013-02-21 22:06
Tutorial : Blue Iris Pendant
Level : Intermediate
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Materials
- Crystal bicone 3mm. (Swarovski - Air Blue Opal)
- Crystal Rivoli 12mm. (Swarovski - Aquamarine)
- Twin beads (Preciosa - Blue Iris)
- Seed Beads 8/0 (Miyuki - Miyuki - Galvanized Silver #181) *Only 4 pcs. used as a start and it's at the back.
- Seed Beads 11/0 (Miyuki - Matte Metallic Steel Blue Luster #2030)
- Seed Beads 15/- (Miyuki - Galvanized Silver #181)

- Beading Needle #10
- Nymo D

I bought my twin beads from Scarabeads at etsy. This shop is from Czech Republic. There are many other shops at etsy that sell twins. I believe it's not hard to find. Just choose your favorite shop or local shop.

1.

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On a comfortable length of thread, pick up four 8/0s. Pass through all the beads twice and tie double knot. Exit your thread at the next 8/0 (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0, twin, 11/0, twin, 11/0 and pass through 8/0 (red arrow).

2.

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Pass through the next 8/0 (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0, twin, 11/0 and twin. Pass through the first 11/0 from the last step (blue arrow) and 8/0 (red arrow).

3.

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This is the same as previous step. Pass through the next 8/0 (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0, twin, 11/0 and twin. Pass through the first 11/0 from the last step (blue arrow) and 8/0 (red arrow).

4.

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Pass through the next 8/0 (red arrow) and 11/0 (blue arrow).

5.

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Pick up twin, 11/0 and twin. Pass through the first 11/0 from the last step (red arrow).

Pass through the next 8/0, 11/0. then through the beads we just added (twin, 11/0 and twin). Pass through the other hole of the last twin (blue arrow).

6.

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Pick up two twins and pass through the next twin (red arrow).

Pick up twin and pass through the next twin (blue arrow).

7.

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Repeat step 6 all around. When you pull your thread, you should get this.

Exit your thread at the second twin from the first two we added at the start of this round. Pass through the next hole (red arrow).

8.

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Pick up twin and pass through the next twin (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0 and twin. Pass through the next twin (blue arrow).

Pick up twin and 11/0. Pass through the next twin (green arrow).

9.

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Repeat step 8 all around with good tension. Exit your thread at the first twin we added (red arrow).

10.

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Pass through the next twin (red arrow). Pass through the other hole of the same twin and exit at the next twin (blue arrow).

11.

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Pick up three 15/0s. Skip the next twin. Pass through the following twin (red arrow).

Pick up three 15/0s. Skip the next twin. Pass through the following two twins (blue arrow).

12.

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Repeat step 11 all around. You should get this. Exit your thread at the middle 15/0 from the first arc (red arrow).

13.

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Pick up 15/0, 11/0 and 15/0. Pass through the middle 15/0 of the next arc (red arrow). Use tight tension

14.

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Pick up 15/0, crystal 3mm. and 15/0. Pass through the middle 15/0 of the next arc (red arrow).

15.

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Repeat step 13 - 14 all around. Before you complete the round, put the rivoli in, face up. Try to cover the edge of the rivoli with all the 11/0 and crystal arcs.

Exit your thread at the 11/0 (red arrow).

16.

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Pick up crystal 3mm and pass through crystal 3mm at the next arc (red arrow).

Pick up crystal 3mm and pass through 11/0 at the next arc (blue arrow).

Repeat this step all around. Pass through all the beads again for extra security. Exit your thread at the middle crystal 3mm (red arrow).

17.

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Pass your thread to the next two 15/0s (red arrow).

18.

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Pass through the next 15/0 and twin. Pass through the other hole of the same twin (red arrow).

Pass through the next twin and exit at the 11/0 (blue arrow).

19.

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Pick up 15/0, 11/0 and 15/0. Pass through the twin (red arrow).

Pick up 15/0, 11/0 and 15/0. Pass through 11/0 (blue arrow).

20.

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Pass through the outside hole of the next twin (red arrow). Pick up twin and pass through the next twin (blue arrow).

Pass through 11/0 (green arrow).

21.

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Repeat step 19 and 20 all around. But after you add the last twin and pass through the next twin, just pass through the other hole of the same twin instead of 11/0.

22.

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Pick up three 15/0s, skip the next twin and pass through the following twin (red arrow).

23.

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Pass through the beads and exit at the twin (red arrow). You can either go the straight route, pass through 11/0, three twins and 11/0 or you can go to the bottom route through 11/0s, 15/0s and twin (which is easier).

Pick up three 15/0s, skip the next twin and pass through the following twin (blue arrow).

24.

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Repeat adding this little arcs on four corners. You should get this. Exit at the middle 15/0 of the first arc (red arrow).

25.

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Pick up crystal 3mm. and pass through the middle 15/0 under the crystal (red arrow).

26.

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Pass through the beads and exit at the next middle 15/0 (red arrow). Again, you can either pass at the top route through the next 15/0, crystal and 15/0s ,or through the bottom route through 15/0, two twins and 15/0. For me, the top route is easier.

27.

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Sorry for the blurry pic.

Pick up crystal 3mm. Pass through the middle 15/0 of the arc (red arrow).

Pick up crystal 3mm. Pass through the middle 15/0 (blue arrow).

28.

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Repeat step 26 and 27 to add two crystals at each corner. You should get this.

Almost finish!

29.

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This is how I made the bail for my pendant. You can cut the new thread or use the remaining thread (if you still have thread left). Exit your thread at the top hole of the twin. Pick up six (or seven if you want) 11/0s. Pass through the same twin we started. Pass through all 11/0s again and exit at the first 11/0.

Pick up 15/0 and pass through the next 11/0. Continue adding 15/0 between 11/0 all around.

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Finish now!

I hope it's not too confusing! Just comment if you have any question. Did I ever mention that you can use your facebook account to comment with LiveJournal? lol

Happy beading!

Square Stairway bead bracelet
2013-01-08 23:55
Hi all,
Happy New Year :-)

For quite some time now I have tried to finde the underwater stones to bracelet #18, but I have had no luck. Either the stones were the wrong color or way too pricy. One day I was browsing Beadaholique's webshop and found Swarovski Stairway beads with two holes, so I tried to make the bracelet, but it did not fit so I decided to merge bracelet #18 and 19 (using Swarovski Stairway bead, 4mm bicone and Miyuki seed beads 11/0 and TOHO drop beads). I have slim wrists so I only needed 6 of the square beads. I love the bracelet. Thank you Beejang for your tutorials :-)
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[Tutorial] Crystals on RAW
2012-12-22 08:15

Tutorial : Crystals on RAW
Level : Beginner


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Materials
- Crystal bicone 4mm. (You can pick as many colors as you wish.)
- Seed bead 11/0 (Two colors, but you can go with one color.)
- Seed bead 15/0 (Two colors, but you can go with one color.)
- Nymo D or your favorite thread
- Beading Needle size 10
- Jumpring
- Clasp

This bracelet is very simple. You finish the RAW (right angle weave) base first. Then, weave the crystals on your base. You can make any number of rows as you wish. My recommendation is two rows or three rows, depends on your budgets too. And you can change from crystal bicone or any bead of 4mm.

You can play with colors too. The one with rectangular clasp used Preciosa Czech crystals. The other one with round clasp used Swarovski.

This tutorial will show you with Right Angle Weave method since many of you are familiar with this stitch. You can complete this with crossweaving as well.

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On comfortable length of thread, pick up one 11/0, three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A and one 11/0. (Phew, it's easier to look at the photo lol.)

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Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A.

Pass through the first 11/0 (red arrow).

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Pass through the next 15/0s, 11/0, 15/0s to exit at the 11/0 on the other size (red arrow).

Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A and one 11/0.

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Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A. Pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

Pass through the next 15/0s, 11/0 and 15/0s to exit at the 11/0 on the other side (blue arrow).

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Repeat step 3 and 4 until the desired length. Don't forget to calculate the length your clasp. If you are not sure, just wrap your work around your wrist. You should leave the space between two ends around one inch, or maybe more for your safety. It's always easier to add more length than to reduce it.

If you want to make just one row, exit your thread at the rightmost 11/0 and skip to step 12.

For double or more row, exit your thread at the 11/0 (red arrow).

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Pick up one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A, one 11/0, three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A, one 11/0, three 15/0s color A and one 15/0 color B.

Pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

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Pass through the beads and exit at the leftmost 11/0 (red arrow). Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B. Pass through 11/0 from the first row (blue arrow).

Pick up one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A and one 11/0.

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Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A. Pass through 11/0 (red arrow).

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Pass through the beads to exit at the leftmost 11/0 (blue arrow).

Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B, one 11/0, one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A and one 11/0.

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Pick up three 15/0s color A, one 15/0 color B. Pass through 11/0 from the previous row (red arrow).

Pick up one 15/0 color B, three 15/0s color A. Pass through 11/0 (blue arrow).

Pass through the beads to exit at the leftmost 11/0 (green arrow).

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You should get the idea by now how to weave this base. Complete this row or add more rows as you wish.

Do not worry too much if you pick up the wrong colors for 15/0, or just simply use one color only. You see I made mistake at the top leftmost ring too.

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Before you weave the crystals to your base for real, just test your colors with the base to see if your colors combo work! It may sound boastful, but I always got compliment about the colors I chose. The truth is choosing the colors is one of the most time consuming step for me.

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Exit your thread at the 11/0 (red arrow). It can be the rightmost or leftmost 11/0 or top or bottom row. Just exit where you feel convenience. Please take note of the direction, how I exited at 11/0 is with my needle pointing downward. Somehow, if your needle points up, it's nothing wrong with that.

Pick up 15/0, crystal, 11/0, crystal and 15/0. Pass through the 11/0 (blue arrow) with your needle pointing at the same direction how you exited. Your crystals will lay a bit diagonal style.

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Repeat adding crystals to your base until you reach the other end.

You should exit at 11/0. Pick up 15/0, crystal and pass through 11/0 between crystals.

Pick up crystal and 15/0 and pass through 11/0 at the base (red arrow). If you get it right, your crystals will be crisscrossed.

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Repeat the previous step. Complete adding crystals to the other end. Exit your thread at 11/0 (red arrow).

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Remember I made mistake at the top rightmost base! I forget to add 15/0 color B. lol

Weave to the other rows. Just pass through the next 15/0s and to 15/0s from the second rows (red arrow). Exit your thread at 11/0 (blue arrow).

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Repeat adding crystals like you did the previous row.

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Add jumpring to the base in the middle row. Add clasp to your jumpring.

Finish!

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Try using other beads, pearls or fire polished beads to see the different result!

Happy beading!

Hello
2012-12-08 02:50
Hi Everybody! I found this site long time ago and totally fell in love with it, Beejang's tutorials are very helpful, I made two bracelets using her tutorials before x3 well.. I recently joined this community.. so I want to introduce myself :D

I'm from Mexico and I'm 17 years old xD I started beading like 3 years ago and I really enjoy it! I like making bracelets, but now what I love the most is making motifs x3 animal motifs to be more specific.. I'll post some pictures of works I've already finished.. and I would love to share what I can do too x3 so I hope to post a tutorial some day :D

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All the motifs except the bracelet (I got the pattern from a Mexican jewelry magazine) were from japanese bead books, since it's hard for me to find the material here where I live I have not made many motifs, most of them use 3mm swarovski, czech beads.. etc.. and believe me, those beads are rare to find here in my city, even in the whole country Dx (once I went to buy some swarovski crystals I asked the woman who was selling them if she had 3mm bicones, she said "those doesn't even exist" and I was "lol")

Well.. for these I got the material from an australian online bead store and ebay xD (onyx beads)

Thnx for lookin' >.

http://bead-tutorial.livejournal.com/39821.html
2012-11-24 00:20
Hello friends!
I am new here in society and not very good in beading complicated things. But i need your help =)
I found insanely beautiful wedding things in net (maybe i will make one for my own wedding =)) ), but schemes are in Japanese. I would be very thankful if you could help me with explaining a little or maybe translating =)
Thanks in advance!





How it looks
A scheme

[Tutorial] Gisela
2012-11-05 15:56

Tutorial : Gisela
Level : Beginner - Intermediate

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Equipments
- 8 pcs. Czech Fire Polished 6mm. (Amethyst Luster or Lavender Luster)
- 32 pcs. Swarovski bicone 4mm. (Rose Alabaster 2X)
- 24 pcs. Swarovski Pearl 3mm. (Light Green)
- 8 pcs. Swarovski Pearl 4mm. (Light Grey)
- 1g. 11/0 Seed beads (Czech Supra Metallic Light Copper)
- Earring hooks
- Nymo D or your favorite thread
- Beading Needle #10 or #12

You can make a bracelet, pendant or necklace from this pattern too.

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I'll show you how to connect them into a bracelet in the last step.

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On comfortable length of thread, pick up the alternate pattern of 11/0 and pearl 3mm four times, total of eight beads. Pass through all beads again to form a ring as in the photo. Exit your thread at the 11/0.

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Pick up crystal 4mm, 11/0, czech 6mm, 11/0 and crystal 4mm. Pass through the same 11/0 we started (red arrow).

Pass through the next pearl and 11/0 (blue arrow).

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Repeat step 2 all around with good tension. Pass through the beads to exit at the czech 6mm (red arrow).

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Pick up pearl 4mm. and pass through the next czech 6mm (red arrow).

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Repeat step 4 all around. Pass through all beads in this round again with good tention. Exit your thread at the czech 6mm.

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Pick up crystal 4mm. 11/0 and crystal 4mm. Pass through the next czech 6mm. (red arrow).

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Repeat step 6 all around with good tention. Exit your thread at the crystal 4mm before czech 6mm. (red arrow).

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Pick up 11/0 , pearl 3mm, 11/0, pearl 3mm and 11/0. Pass through the next crystal 4mm (red arrow). Exit your thread at the next 11/0.

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Pick up three 11/0s and pass through the same 11/0 we started (red arrow). Pass through the next crystal 4mm (blue arrow).

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Repeat step 8 and 9 all around. You should get this.

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You can make a ring of seed beads to hang an ear hook as you like.

Exit your thread at the top 11/0 on the picot (red arrow). Pick up three 11/0s and pass through the hole of the ear hook. Pick up another three 11/0s and pass through 11/0 we started (red arrow). Reinforce your path by passing through all beads and the ear hook again.

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Make another piece of earring. Finished!

This is how I connect them into the bracelet.

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First, make this pattern from step 1 - 10 about five or six squares. (In step 8, I reduce the number of 11/0 and use high tension.)

Exit your thread at the 11/0 seed bead. It can be any red arrow. Pick up pearl 3mm, 11/0 and pearl 3mm. Pass through the 11/0 at the other square.

Pass through crsytal, czech 6mm, crystal and 11/0. Pick up pearl 3mm, 11/0 and pearl 3mm. Pass through the 11/0 at the square we started.

Now we will connect in the middle. Pass through the crystal, pearl 3mm and 11/0 (blue arrow). Pick up 11/0 and pass through the 11/0 of the other square (blue arrow). Pick up 11/0 and pass through the 11/0 at the square we started. Reinforce your path if needed.

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Add jumpring and clasp! Done!

Hope you like the bracelet too. Happy beading!

Three animated herringbone tutorials
2012-10-07 18:15
Click the pictures to see the cartoons, please.

Flat Herringbone



Tubular Herringbone


Tubular Twisted Herringbone

[Tutorial] Golden Soutache Earrings
2012-09-19 13:08
Tutorial : Golden Soutache Earrings
Level : Intermediate
Technique : Soutache embroidery

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Materials
- Stone Cabochon 18x13mm. (beadaholique)
- Soutache braids two colors (lacetrim)
- 8/0 seed beads (Supra Gold Metallic, available at piecesparts and beadaholique)
- 11/0 seed beads (Supra Gold Metallic, available at piecesparts and beadaholique)
- Swarovski pearl 4mm. (Local shop)
- Chinese teardrop pearl 10x7mm. (Local shop)
- Nicole bead backing or Lacy stiff stuff (Nicole backing is available beadwright. Lacy is available at beadaholique)
- Ultrasuade (suadeshop)
- Earring hooks (Local shop)
- E6000 glue (Local shop)
- KO beading thread (beadaholique or Tamara Scott)
- Beading needle (Local shop)

I still confirm that in this community, selling post is still not allowed. Please see all these shops I suggested as a resource guide or references. I'm sure after this tutorial, I will get tons of questions asking me where I got this and that. So there you are! All these shops are international friendly, means they are willing to ship worldwide. I hope you don't forget that I'm in Bangkok. These shops can ship to me with no problem so the rest of the world should be okay too.

About the stone cabochon, I bought them years ago during clearance sale. I think beadaholique sold out the exact stones already. So, any stone would be fine. Actually, any size or any round shape too because you can wrap soutache around the stone with no problem.

About soutache braid, Lacetrim is a shop from Latvia. If you are in UK, try stitchncraft. If you are in US, try looking from ebay or etsy or from Amee McNamara.

I use KO beading thread for this project. You can use your favorite thread. But the color should match your soutache.

Everything I said I got from local shop means I bought them in Bangkok. But you should not have problem since they are very common materials and easy to find except, maybe, teardrop pearl. For Chinese teardrop pearl, well, you can use any drop shape bead with top hole, dagger, flower, heart or any bead you like to make a dangle.

I hope that is all for my materials.

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If you ever did bead embroidery, this is very similar. We will wrap soutache braids around the piece. Other concepts are pretty much the same with bead embroidery. First, we will start preparing the stone.

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Glue the stone to the backing. Don't cut the backing too close to the stone. Please leave around 1/2 inch from the stone. I prefer to trim the corner of my backing into round shape to avoid the thread getting struck there. Leave the glue to dry about 20 minutes or more.

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Wrap the soutache braids around your stone into the design you want so you know how long you will need. Then, cut the soutache briads. I won't give you the exact length since I can't remember and maybe you use the different size of the stone from me. And I prefer a bit extra length for my safety. You will never know if you need to change your design in the middle of your project.

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Cut the thread into comfortable length. Tie knot at one end. (If you don't like knot, you can use stop bead.) Sew from the back side close to the top of the stone. Fold the soutache braid in half. Sew to the soutache in that half and also in the middle of the braid.

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Sew back into soutache and to the backing. Please keep in mind to sew in the middle of the braid only. This can help to hide the thread. Color of the thread should match the soutache too. But in my case I have to show you clearly and this soutache is the first layer. So it is okay. :P

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Sew up from the back to the front close to the stone. Again, sew to the soutache in the middle of the braid. The space of each stitch should be moderate. No need to be too close or too far from each other.

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Sew back into the soutache in the middle of the braid and to the backing.

Repeat step 5 and 6 around the stone. Don't use high tension or else your soutache will curl.

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At the joining point, Sew two soutaches together to connect them.

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Sew back to the top. You can go at the backing or just sew step 5 & 6 on to the soutache. When you reach the starting point, sew from the backing to the first soutache. Pick up another soutache and fold half. Sew to the new soutache in the middle of the braid.

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Sew back to the soutache and to the first layer and into the backing. You see this thread is hid quite well in the middle of the braid and with the matching color, people won't notice it unless close up.

Now, you sew the same way. Wrap the soutache around the first layer.

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Sew to all four tails to connect them together. Now you trim the excess backing. Depend on your design, sometime you have to trim close to the edge. But with this design, I have to add more beads and another layer anyway, it is okay for me to leave some backing.

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From the last step, my thread exited at the corner. Pick up 8/0 seed bead. Wrap two soutaches around the bead.

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Sew to the two soutaches. Make sure you got the soutaches to wrap around the bead well. Sew back into two soutaches, 8/0 bead and into the first two layers and to the backing. Pull the thread, again not too tight but quite firmly. Actually, this is the outside soutache, the stitch on the braids should be small and right in the middle of the braid. If your thread is the same color with your soutache, the thread should be almost invisible.

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This is the back side. You don't have to worry how messy you made. We will cover everything with ultrasuade anyway.

Sew from the back up into the first two layers, add 8/0 seed bead and sew to the two soutaches.

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Repeat adding beads on to one side. I prefer to leave the connecting point last so I sew back to the backing and start adding beads again at the other side.

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I tried to balance on both sides but I think I put the wrong spacing at one side. Never mind that! lol Just finished adding beads.

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Sew to all four soutaches to connect them together.

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This is very similar to step 11. Exit your needle at the corner of your soutache. Pick up 4mm pearl. Wrap the two soutaches around the pearl. Sew to the soutaches.

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This is similar to step 12. Sew back to the two soutaches, the pearl, the first two soutaches. See how my thread exits from the photo.

Now use your finger to hold tight the rest of soutaches in place at the back. Make sure the soutaches wrap around your bead beautifully. Sew to the two soutaches around the pearl counter clockwise direction. Please note that this is the curve. The stitch on the outside soutache should be longer than the inside soutache.

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This is what I did at the back. Sew the tail of the soutaches to the backing many times with good tension. Leave around 1/2 inch before cutting the tail. Glue at the end of the soutaches to avoid the fray braids.

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Do the same the other side. You should get this.

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My back. Quite messy. lol 

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You can add the pearl to cover the gap at the joining point. I add only on the top point but feel free to add both top and bottom point if you want. Sew from the back up close to the stone. Pick up 4mm pearl and sew back to the backing. Sew twice for good tension.

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This is optional too. I pick up three 11/0 seed bead and sew them at the top bewteen two curves. I'll hang my ear hooks here. You can use soutaches to make a loop or other beads as you wish.

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Again, you can add the dangle as you wish. For me, I add 4mm pearl, 11/0 seed bead, teardrop pearl and three 11/0 seed beads.

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Skip the last three beads. Sew back through the teardrop pearl, 11/0 seed bead and 4mm pearl. Sew to the soutaches. You can sew to all the beads again for extra security. End the thread at the backing or you can make knot.

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Glue your piece to the ultrasuade. Leave it to dry.

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Trim away the ultrasuade. You can just leave it or sew the edge, make a fringe, add more beads. I did whip stitch at the edge. But it is not very neat as you can see. If you want to do whip stitch, I suggest you to use the matching color for outside soutache, ultrasuade and the thread.

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Add ear hooks and it is finished!!

I hope it is not too confusing. When it comes to bead embroidery, I'm quite new and also a beginner too. If you want to learn more about soutache embroidery, please check out Bead & Button June 2012. There's a column from Amee McNamra and Jane Cruz. Also, there is a book on soutache embroidery available at Stitch n' Craft UK. This book is translated from Russian. (I don't have that book yet but I'm sure it's intersting!). Also there are many lovely tutorials and kits from Jodi Horgan. I learn soutache embroidery from Jodi's Lady Mary pendant, very detail and easy to follow tutorial. Highly recommended!

A knowledge on basic bead embroidery will also help you a lot. Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Cloud Eakin is a good reference book on bead embroidery. Hight recommended! Also, The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini is also recommended.

Thank you for following my tutorials. Hope you enjoy this one. Happy beading!


[Tutorial] Rorolina
2012-08-06 21:20
Tutorial : Rorolina
Level : Beginner


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This is a very easy bracelet using right angle weave and netting. You make each piece and connect them together into the bracelet or necklace. Or you can make a ring or pendant from each piece too.

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Equipment
- Pearl or round beads 6mm. (Swarovski Platinum pearl 6mm.)
- Czech fire polished 4mm. (Amethyst Luster)
- Crystal bicone 3mm. (Violet AB2X)
- Seed beads 11/0 (Galvanized Silver)
- Seed beads 15/0 (Silverlined Purple)
- KO beading thread or nymo or your favorite thread
- Needle
- Clasp and jumprings

Rorolina is a alchemist from the video game Atelier series (PS3).

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Cut the thread around 25 inches. Pick up one 11/0 seed bead and one 6mm pearl. Repeat another three times for the total of eight beads. Sew to the first 11/0 seed bead (red arrow). Sew to all the beads twice for good tension. Don't cut the tail.

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Pick up one 4mm czech , one 11/0 seed bead and one 4mm czech. Sew to the first 11/0 seed bead (red arrow). Continue to the next 6mm pearl and 11/0 seed bead (blue arrows).

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Repeat step 2 three times around the piece. At the end, exit at the first 11/0 seed bead (red arrow).

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Pick up six 11/0 seed beads. Skip the pearl and weave to the next 11/0 seed bead (red arrow).

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Repeat step 4 three times. At the end, exit at the first 11/0 seed bead (red arrow).

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Weave to the next three 11/0 seed beads. Pick up 15/0 seed bead and weave to the next two 11/0 seed beads.

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Pick up one 15/0 seed bead and weave to the second and third 11/0 seed beads of the next arc (red arrows).

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Repeat adding 15/0 to the remaining arcs. At the end, exit at the middle 15/0 seed bead (red arrow). Pull the thread snugly. This will bring the arc to the middle.

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Pick up 3mm crystal and weave to the middle 15/0 seed bead of the next arc (red arrow).

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Repeat adding 3mm crystal three times. Weave to all beads in this round twice.

I hope you still have some threads left. We will use it to connect to the next piece.

Repeat from step 1 to 10 to create another piece.

Assembly
Again, you can connect each piece as you like. I just love to connect it in simple way.

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Exit your thread at the 4mm czech (red arrow). Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one 3mm crystal and one 11/0 seed bead. Weave to the 4mm czech of the next piece (blue arrow).

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Weave to the next 6mm pearl and 4mm czech (red arrows). Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one 3mm crystal and one 11/0 seed bead. Weave to the 4mm czech of the previous piece (blue arrow). Weave to all connecting beads twice for extra security. You can now tie the remaining thread with the tail.

Continue making pieces and connect them together.

Adding clasps
You can make your own beaded toggle and bar or any beaded clasps you like. I always prefer to make a ring of seed beads and use jumprings and clasps.

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At the end of the bracelet, exit at the 4mm czech. Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one 3mm crystal, five 11/0 seed beads, one 3mm crystal and one 11/0 seed bead. Weave to the 4mm czech to make a loop. Continue weaving to the next pearl and 4mm czech and weave to all beads twice for extra security.

Add jumpring and clasp.

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Finish!

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And this bright pink is another colors combo. My first try with neon Swarovski pearls.

Hope you like it. Enjoy beading!

[Tutorial] Twin Waves Bracelet
2012-07-08 21:38
Tutorial : Twin Waves Bracelet
Level : Beginner
Technique : Spiral rope

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Equipments
- Czech Twin Beads or Superduo
- Seed beads 8/0
- Seed beads 11/0
- Seed beads 15/0
- Crystal bicone 3mm.
- Nymo or fireline or your favorite thread
- Needle
- Jumprings and clasp
- Pliers

If you would like to make double spiral, you can use two colors for twin beads and crystal bicones. Seed beads 8/0 will be the core bead.

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In this tutorial, I'll show you only the single spiral rope (the blue/green bracelet). But it's very easy. You will get the idea how you can weave this quick and lovely bracelet and you can easily make the double spiral bracelet (the pink/blue bracelet) by yourself. But as always with double spiral rope, the spiral itself is not difficult, but the challenge is how you pass your needle to the rather tight core beads.

For more info on double spiral, please refer to this tutorial
http://bead-tutorial.livejournal.com/23118.html

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On the comfortable length of thread, pick up three 8/0, one 11/0, one 15/0, one twin bead, one 15/0 and one 11/0. Pass your needle to the first three 8/0 (red arrow). We will use three 8/0 as the core beads.

Use your other hand to hold the tail, leave around 6 inches tail. Pass your needle to all the beads again for good tension.

Note : Instead of passing to all beads like me, you can use stop bead at the start.

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Pick up one 8/0 (red arrow), one 11/0, one 15/0, one twin bead, one 15/0 and one 11/0. Pass your needle to the second and third 8/0 (blue arrow) and the new 8/0 we just added (red arrow).

Note : If you make double spiral, please remember we use three 8/0 for core beads. The bead set is 11/0, 15/0, twin/ 15/0 and 11/0.

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Repeat step 2 until you reach the desired length.

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At the end of the bracelet, I add a small set to cover the last core beads. Just pick up one 15/0 (red arrow. You see, I omit 11/0), one twin, one 15/0 and one 11/0. Pass your needle to the last two 8/0.

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We will begin the embellishment!

Pass your needle to the 15/0 (red arrow) and to the twin bead. Then, sew to the next hole of the same twin bead (blue arrow).

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Pick up one 15/0, one bicone, and one 15/0. Pass your needle to the top hole of the next twin bead (red arrow).

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We will repeat step 6 for all the rest of the bracelet. Just pick up one 15/0, twin bead and one 15/0 and sew to the next twin bead (red arrow). Those bicones will create a lovely wave.

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Actually, you don't have to do this step. You can add jumpring directly to the last set in step 4 or create your own beaded clasp. But I like to do the seed beads ring and add jumpring and clasp.

Exit your needle from the last core bead, pick up five 11/0 (you can add seven 11/0 if you like), sew to 11/0 or 15/0 from the set. Add jumpring and clasp and it's done!

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I told you, this is very easy and quick to make.

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And this is the close up on double spiral. Just let it wave naturally around the bracelet.

I hope you like the tutorial, Happy Beading as always!

Question
2012-06-24 13:12
Hi there!
I'm new to this community and before I start trying all the beautiful designs here I have a question:
Can I use elastic thread instead of nylon thread?
Thanks for your help.

Edit: Many thanks for your advise. Now I can start.

[Tutorial] Islanzadí
2012-06-19 08:38
Tutorial : Islanzadí
Level : Beginner to Intermediate

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Islanzadí is the Elven queen, Arya's mother from Inheritance cycle, by Christopher Paolini

Equipments
- Pearl 6mm. (Swarovski Petrol)
- Czech fire polished round 4mm. (White Opal and Stardust Luster)
- Seed bead 11/0 (Miyuki Galvanized silver)
- Drop bead 3mm (Miyuki White Pearl Ceylon)
- Sono (or Nymo or Fireline or your favorite beading thread)
- Beading needle
- Jumprings, clasp and pliers

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At first, I experiment this design with matte silver metallic and 3mm at the start. It's the silver bracelet above. It looks okay from afar but up close, you can see that it got scratch everywhere. It's because the beads stayed too close and rub the effect on each other. I noticed it after I made my third circle. I liked the colors so I continued as it was. When I tried the second time on green beads, I changed from 3mm to 4mm and it looked more flat and the beads won't rub each other much. But to be on the safe side, try to avoid using matte or metallic effect on this bracelet, but transparent, opal or opaque should be fine.

A short lesson I'd like to tell you this, especially the beginner, no one is perfect even me. You will see that I made many lovely pieces but not all the time that I can perfect everything on my first try. Sometime, the things I designed in my head won't work at all. But just don't give up!

1.

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On the comfortable length of thread, add six 4mm. czech beads. Pass your needle to the first bead to make a circle. Leave around 6 inches tail. Weave to all beads again for good tension. You can tie knot or use your other hand to hold the tail.

2.

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Add one 11/0 seed bead and weave through the next 4mm czech bead. Continue adding one 11/0 between each czech bead. Exit your needle at the first 11/0 seed bead we add in this round (red arrow).

3.

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Add one 4mm czech, one 11/0 seed bead, one 6mm pearl, one 11/0 seed bead and one 4mm czech. Pass your needle to the same 11/0 seed bead we start this step (red arrow). Continue weaving to the next 4mm. czech and 11/0 seed bead (blue arrow).

4.

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Do the same again. Pick up one 4mm czech, one 11/0 seed bead, one 6mm pearl, one 11/0 seed bead and one 4mm czech. Pass your needle to the same 11/0 seed bead we start (red arrow). Continue weaving to the next 4mm. czech and 11/0 seed bead (blue arrow).

Repeat it all around the circle.

5.

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And you will get this picture. Exit your needle at the 11/0 seed bead between czech 4mm. and 6mm. pearl (red arrow).

6.

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Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one drop bead and one 11/0 seed bead. Pass through the next 11/0 seed bead (red arrow) and through the next 4mm czech.

7.

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Weave through the next 4mm czech (red arrow) and 11/0 seed bead. Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one drop bead and one 11/0 seed bead. Pass through the next 11/0 seed bead and 4mm czech bead.

Note : You can weave through 11/0 seed bead from the inner circle (the ones between white opal) But I find that weaving to the next 4mm czech is like a shortcut and can keep the circle flat.

8.

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Continue adding 11/0 seed beads and drop beads around the circle. Feel free to weave back to tighten your tension.

Make 3 or 4 of this circle. You can tie your threads and trim them or just leave them to connect each circle together later.

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Assembly
You can connect each circle anyway you like. You can check my previous tutorials for another idea or simple connect them with right angle weave. It's all up to you. Below is my way to connect them for this bracelet. It took quite a few step. You can use the remaining thread or cut the new one.

1.

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Exit your thread at the 6mm pearl (red arrow). Pick up three 11/0 seed beads, one 4mm czech and three 11/0 seed beads. Pass through the 6mm pearl from the other circle. (blue arrow).

2.

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Now, you have to weave through beads and get to the pearls. Pass through the next 11/0 seed bead, 4mm green czech, 11/0 seed bead, 4mm white czech, 11/0 seed bead, 4mm green czech, 11/0 seed bead and exit at the 6mm pearl.

3.

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Pick up three 11/0 seed beads, 4mm czech and three 11/0 seed beads. Pass through the 6mm pearl of the previous circle.

Now you have to weave through beads to get to the above pearl again. Follow the red arrow. From pearl, pass through 11/0 seed bead, 4mm green czech, 11/0 seed bead, 4mm white czech, 11/0 seed bead, 4mm green czech, 11/0 seed bead and 6mm pearl.

Pass through the next two 11/0 seed beads. Exit your thread at the second seed bead (blue arrow).

4.

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Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one drop bead and one 11/0 seed bead. Pass through the second seed bead and the next seed bead (red arrow).

5.

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Now we will go the shortcut. Pass through the next seed bead (red arrow), drop bead, 11/0 seed bead. And through the next two 11/0 seed beads (blue and green arrow).

6.

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Pick up one 11/0 seed bead, one drop bead and 11/0 seed bead. Pass through the second seed bead (red arrow) and the next seed bead.

We will take the shortcut again. Pass through the next 11/0 seed bead (blue arrow), drop bead and 11/0 seed bead. Then, through the 11/0 seed bead (green arrow), the next two 11/0 seed beads and exit your thread at 4mm czech.

When you pull your thread snugly, the two middle czech beads should stay rather closely.

7.

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Pick up two 11/0 seed beads and pass through the other 4mm czech bead. Pick up two 11/0 seed beads and pass through the 4mm czech bead we start. Weave through all the beads in this step again to reinforce your path.

Connect each circle the same way.

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I forgot the take the photo at the end of the bracelet. But just pick up around ten or eleven seed beads and weave them between two pearls to make a seed beads ring. Then add jumpring and your clasp.

Finished!

Actually, I made a pendant from this design too. I will cover it in the next tutorial.

Enjoy beading!

Scrapbook Migration
2012-06-08 20:54
Your mod is here.

Recently, LiveJournal changed their scarpbook system. The migration of all my photos is complete‏ but it seems some links are broken. So in some tutorials, if you don't see some pictures, it means the links are broken and I need to upload them again. I have to check each tutorials and got the pictures from my backup disc. It will take some time since I'm a bit busy too.

Just an announcement to let everyone know I'm aware of the problem and don't worry about the lost pictures. I'll get them back as soon as possible.

[Tutorial] Violet Rose
2012-05-22 21:12
Tutorial : Violet Rose
Level : Beginner
Technique : Crossweave




Materials
- 8mm. Clay Rose (I bought them from Naturaler.)
- 4mm. Crystal bicone
- 3mm. Pearl round
- 4mm. Pearl round
- 6mm. Pearl round
- 3mm. Czech fire polished
- 11/0 seed beads
- Jumprings
- Clasp
- Thread

This bracelet is the same as the previous tutorial. Only we use fimo rose as a center bead and we have to adjust the number of beads to wrap around the rose.

1.



Cut the thread around 80 cm. String three 11/0 seed beads, one 3mm pearl and three 11/0 seed beads. Cross both threads at a fimo rose (red arrow).

2.



Add three 11/0 seed beads at both sides. Cross the threads at a 3mm pearl (red arrow).

3.



Pass your threads back through the three 11/0 seed beads. Add one 3mm pearl (red arrow). Continue your thread to the next three 11/0 seed beads. Do the same for the other side too. Finally, cross both threads at a 3mm pearl (blue arrow).

4.



Put each thread into the next 11/0 seed bead on each side (red arrows).

5.



Pick up one thread, add one crystal, one 11/0 seed bead, one 6mm pearl and one 11/0 seed bead. Cross both threads at a crystal (red arrow).

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Put the right thread into the next 11/0 seed beads (red arrow, the second seed bead of the three). Add one 4mm pearl to the left thread. Cross both threads at a crystal (blue arrow).

7.



Put the right thread into the next three beads (red arrows, 11/0 seed bead, 3mm pearl and 11/0 seed bead). For the left thread, add one 11/0 seed bead, one 6mm pearl and one 11/0 seed bead. Cross both threads at a crystal (blue arrow).

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Repeat step 6 and 7 all around.

On the final round, after you pass your thread to the middle 11/0 seed bead, just pass your thread to the crystal (the first crystal on step 5). Cross both threads at a 4mm pearl (red arrow).

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Add 3mm czech beads between 4mm pearl and 6mm pearl all around (red arrows). Try to push it under the 11/0 seed bead. You can string your threads back into the beads if you wish to tighten the square or you can tie the threads together. But don't cut the threads, you can use the remaining threads to connect each square.

Make around 6-7 squares depend on your desired length.

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This is how I connect each square together. You can cut the new thread or use the remaining threads, cross them at 4mm pearl (red arrow). Add to both threads one 11/0 seed bead, one 3mm pearl and one 11/0 seed bead. Cross the threads at the 4mm pearl of the other square (blue arrow).

Put the thread into the next 3mm czech beads (green arrows). Add to both threads one 11/0 seed bead, one crystal and one 11/0 seed bead. Cross the threads at 3mm czech beads (yellow arrows) and 4mm pearl (red arrow).

Repeat connecting each square the same way.



Add jumpring and clasp at both ends. Done~!

Happy beading!