Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #21

It is still October even if it is going to be over 80 degrees today. The trees are starting to look like fall, but the warm weather is very strange. Bead #21 is a simple and easy beaded bead made by looping beads over top of a core bead. I used orange seeds and made two fall pumpkins despite the weather!

 I put a headpin through one and left the other ready to use.

For these beads I used Czech hanked seed beads and some 3/4 inch wooden beads I had "laying" around. This type of beaded bead has many options and works on any bead with a large enough hole to accommodate multiple thread passes. I didn't paint my core beads since I was lazy and in a hurry to make beads this time....but they could be painted to match or accent the beaded loops.

The how to:

Mortira vanPelt the author of the blog "Inspirational Beading" has a good picture tutorial of this kind of bead.

Fusion beads also has a free tutorial for making this kind of bead.

My beads are made in a way that is a combination of Mortira and Fusion's tutorials. I string the loops with the largest number of beads all the way around to make the top even making it look like Mortira's, then go back in and add the loops with smaller and smaller amounts of beads in between.

I will start working on the bead for November 3rd this week so that I know it is finished and ready to go. It is always surprising every fall that I seem like I am constantly busy!

Only 5 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Fall dates (4 left)  11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15

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

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, October 6, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #20

Hello October! Where did the year go? I only have 6 more beaded beads to blog about!
 If you follow me you know that I have been cleaning and sorting lately. Go figure I found a bunch of old beaded beads I made years ago.

They are peyote stitch over a core bead. This kind of bead has so many possibilities that I figured I would make it one of the beaded beads for my blog. After a quick search I learned there are many patterns and tutorials out there on how to peyote stitch around a core bead. -Give it a Google if you haven't seen em or made this kind of bead before-

Instead of giving links to somebody else's pattern- I am going to show how I cover a 10mm bead with Peyote stitched Delicas and share a pattern for a Jack O' Lanterns at the same time!
 I had to make two beads so I could have earrings out of these!
I thought they turned out so cute I made a couple pair- the others are for sale in my Etsy shop! I am also spending part of today seeing what other Halloween beads I might be able to make :)

 Here is the how to:
      Delica beads in green, orange, and black. 
      10mm core bead
Pick up four green beads and sew them into a circle. Then add a green bead between each of the first four beads. Third, increase the stitch by adding two orange beads between the green beads added in the last step for a total of eight orange beads this round.

Next, add orange beads between all eight of the beads added in step 3. Repeat adding eight orange beads between the beads added in the last step.


For the 6th step add a total of twelve beads- increasing by adding two beads in the corners where the increase was in the third step. In two of the "corners" add a pair of black beads instead of orange, as pictured:

The next three rounds; peyote stitch beads for a total of twelve per round. Pass through the beads in the previous round following the color pattern pictured.

You are now half way done with the bead! At this point I put the 10mm core bead into the middle.
For rounds 10 and 11 add twelve beads each, continuing around the core bead following the color pattern as pictured.

From here on I am showing the rounds and peyote stitch reductions that will take place around the core bead. For the next three rounds, add twelve beads following the color pattern as pictured. 


Add eight orange beads in this round decreasing the beads from the last round by passing through them without picking up a bead, bringing them together.


For the next two rounds, add eight orange beads between the beads added in the previous round.

In the next two rows, reduce the number of beads by half by passing through them without adding beads. 

Tighten up the last four black beads and weave thread around through a few beads and trim excess thread! You are done! Now you have a little Jack O Lantern beaded bead!

Like all my tutorials this tutorial is for personal use only- do not teach this tutorial to others without permission from Beth Clark. Feel free to link to this tutorial on social media, but please give credit!

Selling items made from this pattern is encouraged, but no mass production and please give credit to Beth Clark as the pattern designer!

Hope you enjoyed this beaded bead as much as I did- stay tuned for next time it is likely there will be a continuation of the Halloween theme. If you follow me on instagram (@bethclarkart) or on Facebook you may already know I love Halloween!

6 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Fall dates: (5 left)  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