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[Tutorial] : Zia's Cuff
2014-06-04 11:51
Tutorial : Zia's Cuff
Level : Beginner to Intermediate
Technique : 2 needles crossweave


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Cross Post at : http://bybeejang.blogspot.com/
(I know most of you are not familiar with LJ.)

Equipments (For the big cuff 7 inches with clasp)
- 158 pcs. Czech Fire Polished 4mm. - White Pearl (Local Shops)
- 130 pcs. Swarovski Crystal Bicone 3mm. - Assorted colors (Local Shops)
- Approx 3g. Miyuki Rocailles/Round Seed Beads 8/0 - I'm not sure the number, but it's bronze. (Local Shops)
- Approx 3g. Miyuki Rocailles/Round Seed Beads 11/0 - Duracoat Gold #4202 (BeadsFABUCRAFT at etsy)
- Jumpring and Clasp
- Nymo D - White (or you can use Fireline or your favorite thread)
- 2 beading needles

Abbreviation
- FP = Fire Polished 4mm.
- CB = Crystal Bicone 3mm.
- 8/0 = Miyuki Rocailles/Round Seed Beads 8/0
- 11/0 = Miyuki Rocailles/Round Seed Beads 11/0

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My Swarovski colors are Sapphire, Olivine, Purple Velvet, Light Siam, Blue Zircon, Jonquil and Hyacinth (or Indian Red, I'm not sure). These are 3mm colors I have overstocked (or the colors that hardly get sold from my shop lol). I did not count the specific quantity for each color, you can just pick any color you like. When your base is White, it can go with any bright color. Or you can just play with your favorite colors.

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This is for the small green bracelet, 6.5 inches with clasp.
- 79 pcs. Czech Fire Plished 4mm - Coal Pink/Olivine (beadaholique)
- 78 pcs. Czech Bicone 3mm. - Opaque Green (Local Shops)
- Approx 3g. Miyuki Rocailles/Round 8/0 - Matte Metallic Patina Iris #2008 (Local Shops)
- Approx 3g. Miyuki Rocailles/Round 11/0 - Duracoat Gold #4202 (BeadsFABUCRAFT at etsy)

If you are not familiar with crossweaving, you can do this bracelet with Right Angle Weave too. Just exit at the same bead I cross my needles.

1.

001

Cut the thread one wing span (both your arms wide) and thread the needle at both ends. Pick up four FPs 4mm. to one needle. Use other needle to cross the first FP. Slide all beads to the middle of your thread.

2.

002

Pick up one FP to each needle. Cross them at FP (red arrow).

3.

003

Repeat step 2 all the way to your desired length. Exit at the last FP (red arrow).

4.

004

All the FPs will be your base and we will do top embellishment on the base now. Pick up 11/0 to each needle. Cross them at CB (red arrow).

5.

005

Pick up 11/0 to each needle. Cross them at FP at the base (red arrow).

Repeat step 4 and 5 all the way.

6.

006

This step is for one row bracelet. If you do only one row (like the green bracelet), you can do the seed beads loop for hanging your jumpring and clasp here. Pick up six 11/0s to one needle. Pass through FP (red arrow). You can pass through all beads again for extra security.

7.

007

We will do the embellishment at the side here. Pass each needle to the next FP at the base (red arrows).

8.

008

Pick up 8/0, 11/0, CB, 11/0 and 8/0. Pass through FP (red arrows). Do the same on both needles.

9.

009

Cross both needles at FP (red arrow). Pass through the next FP on each side (blue arrows).

10.

010

Pick up 8/0, 11/0, CB and 11/0. Pass through 8/0 on the previous loop (red arrows) and FP (blue arrows). Do the same on both needles.

Repeat step 9 and 10 all the way.

11.

011

This step is for one row bracelet. If you do one row bracelet, do the seed bead loop here too. Pick up six 11/0s and pass through FP (red arrow). Pass through all beads again for extra security.

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You can finish off your bracelet now. Pass your threads back into the beads. Tie knot, hide your knot in the beads and pass through more beads before cutting off your threads.

Hang your jumpring and clasp.

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One row is done. :-)

12.

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We will continue with two rows big cuff.

Make another bracelet from step 1 to 5. And do step 8 to add embellishment on one side only. Exit your needle at the next FP at the base (red arrow). Other thread remains at the end FP (blue arrow).

13.

014

Pick up the needle from the end FP. Pass through the next FP (red arrow). Pick up 8/0 and 11/0 and pass through CB from the other bracelet (blue arrow).

14.

015

Using the same needle from the previous step, pick up 11/0 and 8/0. Pass through FP (red arrow) and the next FP (blue arrow). Now the needles cross at the same bead again. Pull your thread snugly.

15.

016

Do the embellishment at the side first. Pick up the needle that is pointing down. Pass through the next FP (red arrow). Pick up 8/0, 11/0, CB and 11/0. Pass through 8/0 (blue arrow), FP (red arrow) and the next FP (green arrow).

16.

017

We do the embellishment in the middle here. Pick up the other needle. Pass through FP (red arrow). Pick up 8/0 and 11/0. Pass though CB from the other bracelet (blue arrow).

17.

018

Pick up 11/0. Pass through 8/0 from the previous loop (red arrow), FP (blue arrow) and the next FP (green arrow). Your needles now cross at the same bead again. Pull your thread snugly.

Repeat 15 - 17.

18.

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Actually, it depends on the clasp you're using. I use 4-strand slide lock. I made seed beads loop the same way I did step 6 and step 11, but only I pick eight 11/0s and seven 11/0s for the middle loop.

Use jumpring and hang your clasp.

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Finished!

Hope you enjoy this tutorial. Happy Beading!




Two more cartooned tutorials
2014-04-15 03:46
Hello, everyone!
Let me show you two my new cartooned beading tutorials



My other beading cartoons are here: http://katenkin-biser.ru/lessons/indexeng.php

[Tutorial] Isis
2014-04-02 13:06
Tutorial : Isis
Level : Beginner to Intermediate


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Materials
- 40 pcs. Crystal Bicone 4mm - Color A - Hyacinth 2X
- 76pcs. Crystal Bicone 4mm - Color B - Purple Velvet 2X
- 18pcs. Pearl Round 4mm - Creamrose
- Approx 3g. Miyuki Rocailles 11/0 - #4202 Duracoat Gold
- Jumprings and Clasp
- Monofilament Beading Thread (0.25mm). (more info in this tutorial.)

You can substitute crystal bicones or pearls to fire polished beads or any round beads. Just use 4mm.

1.

001

Cut the thread around one wing span of your arms (or just your comfortable length). Pick up alternate pattern of [crystal bicone color A, and 11/0 seed bead] 4 times, total of eight beads.

Cross the threads at the first bicone A (red arrow). Adjust your beadwork to be in the middle of your thread.

2.

002

Pick up 11/0 and crystal bicone color B to each thread. Cross both threads at 11/0 (red arrow).

3.

003

Pick up bicone B and 11/0 to each thread. Cross both threads at bicone A (red arrow).

4.

004

Pick up 11/0, bicone A and 11/0 to each thread. Cross both threads at bicone A (red arrow).

5.

005

Repeat step 2 - 4 until you reach the desired length.

Please note that the final step will make the bracelet shrink a little, around 1 cm or half inch.

6.

006

When you get to the end, just cross your threads at bicone A and 11/0s (red arrows).

7.

007

Pick up 11/0, bicone B, 11/0, bicone B and 11/0. Pass your thread to 11/0 (red arrows). Do the same to both threads.

Cross both threads at bicone A (blue arrow). Pull your threads snugly.

8.

008

Pass your thread to the next 11/0 (red arrows). Pick up 11/0, pearl and 11/0. Pass through 11/0 (blue arrows). Do the same to both threads.

Cross both threads at bicone A (green arrow).

9.

009

When you pull your threads snugly, those pearls will go under and the crystals will lift up.

This will be the same as step 7. Pass through the next 11/0 (red arrows). Pick up 11/0, bicone B, 11/0, bicone B and 11/0. Pass through 11/0 (blue arrows). Do the same to other thread.

Cross both threads at bicone A (green arrow).

Repeat step 8 - 9.

10.

010

Add jumprings and clasp.

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Finished!

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This is the other colorway, my first try with this design.
- 40 pcs. Crystal Bicone 4mm - Color A - Erinite
- 76pcs. Crystal Bicone 4mm - Color B - Lavender
- 18pcs. Pearl Round 4mm - White
- Approx 2g. Miyuki Rocailles 11/0 - #4201 Duracoat Silver
- Approx 1g. Miyuki Roncailles 15/0 - #412FR  Matte Opaque Turquoise Green *

* I used 15/0 in step 7 and 8. and the bracelet will shrink a lot more than using all 11/0s.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

PS. I will start crossposting with my other blog at http://bybeejang.blogspot.com/. I have problem with LJ lately and most of you are not familiar with LJ anyway. lol And now, I'm new to blogspot. :D

One Needle Right Angle Weave. Beading Tutorial
2014-03-20 09:38
Hello, friends!
After two years pause I start making beading cartoons again. And today I present an animated tutorial about one needle right angle weaving with decreasing and increasing rows. There three ways of weaving in the cartoon.
Here it is:



I hope it'll be useful for you.
My other beading cartoons are here: http://katenkin-biser.ru/lessons/indexeng.php

Newbie intro
2014-01-28 15:53
Hello, community--

I have been doing beadwork for a few years, but nothing (yet) involving weaving or embroidery. I found bead_tutorial when googling for some new techniques to learn. Looks like I can learn a lot from the beautiful work you folks are doing. Thanks!

[Tutorial] Tiny Treasure
2014-01-27 10:56
Tutorial : Tiny Treasure
Level : Beginner


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Material (Finished size is 7 inches)
- 9pcs. Chinese Rondelle 8x6mm (Blue Alabaster)
- 8pcs. Swarovski Pearl Round 6mm. (White)
- 36pcs. Preciosa Czech bicone 4mm. (Crystal Marea 2X) Color A
- 16pcs. Swarovski bicone 4mm. (Air Blue Opal) Color B
- 11/0 Seed Beads (Miyuki Galvanized Silver #181) Color A
- 11/0 Seed Beads (Miyuki Matte Metallic Steel Blue Luster #2030) Color B

- Jumpring
- Clasp
- Monofilament Beading Thread (0.25mm). (More info about thread, check this tutorial.)

Two colors bicones and seed beads are optional. You can go with one color.

I got my materials from local shops in Bangkok, except czech bicones which I bought from beadaholique.

1.

001

Cut the thread around 39 inches (or 100 cm) Pick up rondelle and slide it to the center of your thread. You are now have left and right thread to work with.

* Pick up 11/0 color A, bicone A, 11/0 A, 11/0 B and 11/0 A to both threads.

2.

002

Pick up 6mm round. Cross both threads to this round bead (red arrow).

3.

003

Pick up 11/0 A, 11/0 B, 11/0 A, bicone A and 11/0 A to both threads.

Pick up rondelle, cross both threads at this bead (red arrow).

Repeat the same way from * at step 1 to step 3 until the desired length.

4.

004

When you get the desired length, pick up 11/0 A, bicone A and 11/0 A. Pick up 11/0 B and cross both threads at this bead (red arrow).

This is where you will add jumpring and clasp.

5.

005

Pass back through 11/0 A, bicone A and 11/0 A. Cross both thread at rondelle (red arrow).

6.

006

Pass through 11/0 A, bicone A and 11/0 A (red arrow).

Pick up 11/0 B, bicone B and 11/0 B.

Pass through 11/0 A (blue arrow), bicone A and 11/0 A

Cross both threads at rondelle (green arrow).

Repeat this step for the rest of the bracelet. When you reach the last rondelle, repeat step 4.

You can finish off the threads by weaving back into your beads. Tie double knot and weave into your beads to hide the knot before cutting off the threads.

7.

007

Add jumpring and clasp.

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Done!

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This above bracelet also weaved the same way. I just changed some beads here.

Material (Finished size is 6 inches.)
- 7pcs. Chinese Rondelle 8x6mm (Green Alabaster Half Metallic)
- 6pcs. Czech Chaton 6mm. (Light Siam 2X)
- 28pcs. Swarovski bicone 4mm. (Paparadscha 2X) Color A
- 24pcs. Swarovski bicone 4mm. (Peridot 2X) Color B
- 11/0 Seed Beads (Miyuki Duracoat Dark Gold #4203 ) Color A
- 11/0 Seed Beads (Miyuki Matte Met Sage Green Luster #2031) Color B

I got all my materials including czech chaton from local shops in Bangkok, except duracoat 11/0 which are from USA, redpanda.com

Step 2, use czech chaton instead of pearl 6mm.
Step 6, pick up bicone B, 11/0 A and bicone B.

Everything else is the same.

Have fun beading!

[Tutorial] Twin Ixora
2014-01-19 09:02
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.

001

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.

002

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).

3.

003

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

4.

004

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

5.

005

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

6.

006

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

7.

007

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.

008

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.

011

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

10.

012

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.

013

Make two bracelets.

12.

014

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.

015

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

14.

016

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 06:08
Just an introduction....

[Tutorial] Nsu Yeul
2013-11-22 10:37
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.

001

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.

002

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

3.

003

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

4.

004

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.

006

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

7.

007

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.

008

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

9.

009

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

10.

010

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.

011

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.

001

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.

002

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

3.

003

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.

004

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.

005

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.

006

Repeat step 5 and 6 to complete the first round.

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

7.

007

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.

008

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.

009

Repeat step 7 and 8 to complete the round.

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

10.

010

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.

011

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.

012

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

13.

013

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

14.

014

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

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

15.

015

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.

016

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.

017

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.

018

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

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

19.

019

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.

0001

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

2.

0002

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.

0003

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.

0004

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

5.

0005

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.

0006

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.

0007

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.

0008

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

9.

0009

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).

11.

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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 21:06
Tutorial : Blue Iris Pendant
Level : Intermediate
to Advance

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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.

005

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.

008

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.

010

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

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

7.

011

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.

012

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.

013

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.

018

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.

021

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

18.

022

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.

023

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.

025

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.

026

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.

028

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.

029

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

26.

030

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.

031

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.

032

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

Almost finish!

29.

033

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 22:55
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 07:15

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.

1.

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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.)

2.

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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).

3.

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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.

4.

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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).

5.

005

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).

6.

006

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).

7.

007

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.

8.

008

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).

9.

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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.

10.

010

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).

11.

011

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.

12.

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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.

13.

013

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.

14.

014

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.

15.

015

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

16.

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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).

17.

017

Repeat adding crystals like you did the previous row.

001
Add jumpring to the base in the middle row. Add clasp to your jumpring.

Finish!

006

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

Happy beading!

Hello
2012-12-08 01:50
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
2012-11-23 23:20
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 14:56

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.

1.

005

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.

2.

006

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).

3.

007

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

4.

008

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

5.

009

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

6.

010

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

7.

011

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

8.

012

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.

9.

013

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

10.

014

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

11.

015

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.

003

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.

003

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.

1.

003

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.

2.

004

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.

3.

005

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.

4.

006

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

5.

007

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.

6.

008

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.

7.

009

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

8.

010

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.

9.

011

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.

10.

013

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.

11.

014

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

12.

015

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.

13.

016

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.

14.

017

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.

15.

018

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.

16.

019

Sew to all four soutaches to connect them together.

17.

020

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.

18.

021

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.

19.

022

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.

20.

023

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

21.

024

My back. Quite messy. lol 

22.

025

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.

23.

028

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.

24.

026

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.

25.

027

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.

26.

029

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

27.

030

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.

001

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!