Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #2

Bead #2 is a Superduo beaded bead, or as I call it a "Dodecaduo"

Below there are a couple of links to videos and my tutorial on how to make this kind of beaded bead:

Potomac Bead company has a video on how to make these beads.

Beadholique on YouTube has a video of how to make this type of bead using two needles.

My "Dodecaduo" tutorial has pictures of how to make these beads with five different colors.

My bead is not exactly like the beads in any of these tutorials because I add seed beads in between the Duos when I start.

 Even my own Dodecaduo tutorial is not exactly the same as the way that I make them now. If you would like to make a bead more like mine, start by stringing 10 beads instead of 5, alternating Superduos with size 11's. The construction is the same with the addition of seed beads.

I took a few pictures while I was constructing this bead since pictures are clearer than words most of the time :)

I think about it as a size 11 should touch every edge of the Superduo.

The next pictures are where I deter the most from the tutorials. I tighten up the beads in between the Superduos as I stitch the bead. My tutorial has this step being done after the bead is constructed. I have found this "tighten as you go" approach makes the bead sturdier and makes it so that you don't have to insert a support bead.



I hope my pictures help explain how I construct this bead! Enjoy! Please feel free to send me pictures if you are beading along! I would love to see what others are making!

24 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Winter dates: (3 left) 2/11, 2/25, 3/10

Spring dates: (7 beads) 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16

Summer dates: (6 beads) 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8

Fall dates: (7 beads) 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15

The last bead will be "due" on 12/29!

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

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