Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Project: Last beaded bead!

This is the last bead of the year! I am really happy I chose beaded beads as my year long project. I have learned a bunch about the construction of beaded beads, and am convinced that if my 8th grade Geometry teacher had used beads that I would have done better than a C!

The last bead for this years project is an embellished dodecahedron made with honeycomb beads.

This bead is made the same way as beaded bead #4 from this years blog project. The difference is that it has added seed beads in between the two holed beads and it has a layer of embellishment using size 11's and 4mm Czech glass.

I started this bead by making a dodecahedron out of honeycomb beads with size 11 seeds in between them.

It was a little floppy before the embellishment.

Next I embellished the tops of the honeycomb beads by picking up three beads (an 11, a 4mm Czech bead, and another 11) weaving diagonally across the honeycomb bead through the 11's added in the base structure.

While weaving through, to change direction and add a bead on the other side of the 4mm to create an "X" over top of the honeycomb.
This is the same technique as the embellishment I did for beaded bead #24!

I am sure there is a more organized way to embellish the top of this bead, but I enjoy the puzzle solving of weaving around until the 4mm's have two beads on either side! 

I made a similar bead earlier this year in holiday red and green. The difference is the holiday colors actually has another layer of embellishment starting from the Czech 4mm's adding an 11 and a 3mm in the gaps! The holiday colored beaded bead is  currently for sale in my Etsy shop.


 Thanks for reading my blog and checking out my beaded beads this year! Stay tuned for my 2017 project!

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #25

Only 1 bead to go after this! Part of me will be glad when 2016 is over, part of me will miss having a reason to make beaded beads all year...

This bead is my embellished Zuzana bead. Remember all the way back in April when I blogged about the Zuzana bead designed by Ivona Suchmannova?
Remember how I said I wanted to make one I could embellish?

The core of this bead is designed by the talented Ivona Suchmannova, owner of the blog Spirala beading and the shop Beads of Bohemia on Etsy. Click on over and show her some love!!!

The embellishment on this Zuzana is my own doing! I sent Ivona a message on Facebook showing her what I had made and asking if it was alright for me to share it on my blog. She gracefully said YES! So here is the basic how to of my embellishment:

For the base of this bead please refer to Ivona's Zuzana beaded bead tutorial.

The additional beads needed for my version are 60 Rizo beads and size 15 seed beads.

Start with the base of a Zuzana and add Rizo beads between the top of the pinch beads.

Add size 15 seed beads between the Rizo beads, exiting through a size 15.

Pick up five size 15 seed beads and pass up through the bottom of the pinch bead, looping over it.

Pass back down through the 15's to secure them onto the pinch bead.

Weave around and repeat for all of the sides always starting from the top between the Rizo beads.

Repeat the embellishment as you go for the entire Zuzana.

I hung these beads on an hook and used them as ornaments! The purple one I sent to a friend who loves purple as much as I do, USPS tracking says it got to her before I posted this. :)

Only 1 bead to go!

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

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #24

Happy first of December! This beaded bead is one that I created inspired by my surprise birthday present from my beady friend Onye Ndika. A special thanks to her for inspiring this bead and for sending me one of my favorite go-to pieces of jewelry!!! For more info on how fabulous Onye is, you should visit DesignsByOnye on Etsy or visit her Facebook page! Click on over and give her a like from me 👍

Now on to my inspired bead(s):

I really like the way the first one I made turned out- so of course I made a bunch of beads...

For the how its made part- I took pictures as I made one :)

These beads are made with a base tube of five sided Prismatic Right Angle Weave (PRAW5) with 4mm Czech glass beads. If you aren't familiar with PRAW5, it is made the same as CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave) with an extra row added. If you still need help there are tutorials on YouTube and online for how stitch PRAW5.

For the example bead I used four colors of seed beads, 3mm round beads and green 4mm Czech glass beads leftover from the Christmastime colored beads. The example bead is made with two units of PRAW5.

Pick up five 4mm Czech glass beads and connect them into a circle, passing through several times pulling the thread tightly.

Pick up three beads to start the first unit of PRAW5

Starting from the base, pick up two beads and make another side of the PRAW5 unit. 

Repeat picking up two beads for the next side.

Repeat again for the fourth side of the PRAW unit.

Pick up one bead and finish making the first PRAW unit.  Then pass through the five top beads and connecting them together, pulling tightly.

Side view of the first PRAW5 unit

Pick up three beads and create a loop over one of the top beads to start the next unit of PRAW

Repeat the steps from the first unit of PRAW to connect a second unit to the first. (for several of the beads I made three sections before continuing to embellish it- I only used two units in this one to save time)

Side view of the two units of PRAW

Add size 11 seed beads between the outside beads to have some base beads to embellish off of.

Weave through the Czech glass beads to get to the middle and repeat adding size 11 beads in between the beads of the base.

 Repeat for the last row of base beads. Exiting from an 11 added in this row.

View of the bead after the base and first set of 11's are in place

Pick up three beads: (an 11, a 3mm, and an 11) and pass through the 11 from the first embellishment (blue bead) on the opposite side of the gap between the 4mm Czech base beads.

Repeat zigging and zagging for all the gaps on this side of the bead
adding the last set of beads for this step

Pick up an 11 and pass through the 3mm bead from the bottom as pictured:
(this will help the 3mm bead lay in the middle of the gap and have seed beads on both sides, making it symmetrical)

 Pick up an 11 and pass through the empty 11 from the base row. (this will also make the bead lay in the middle of the gap and have seed beads on both sides, making it symmetrical)

Repeat by zig zagging and adding 11's all the way around the bead making sure to go "up" through the 3mm bead and not twisting it around by accident.


After adding all the 11's pass through the next 11 (pink bead) and a 3mm bead as pictured:

Pick up 3 11's (purple, green, purple) and pass from one 3mm bead to another, filling the gap between the 11's added in the last round (pink beads) of embellishment.

Repeat adding beads all the way around.

After adding the sets of three beads all the way around, pass through a 11 from the last round exiting from an 11 from the first round (blue bead), as pictured.

Repeat all embellishments on the other section(s) of the bead. Exiting from a middle bead added in the last step of embellishment.  (green bead)


 Pick up three beads (an 11, a 3mm, and another 11) and pass through the middle (green bead) on the opposite unit, making sure to pass through it in the opposite direction from the starting bead as pictured.

Pick up one 11 and pass back through the 3mm bead added in the last step.

Pick up an 11 and pass through the middle 11 that this part of the embellishment started from. This step will complete a "figure eight" where the 3mm bead is in the middle and there are two 11's are on either side of it.

Pass through the next four beads to get to the next middle bead (green bead)

Repeat the previous steps to add this layer of embellishment all the way around the bead.

Repeat the embellishment all the way around the bead, weave the extra thread into a spot that is hidden, tie off and trim 😁 Now the bead is finished! All of the beads I made this time are based off this same pattern with more or less units of PRAW.

Here is the beautiful inspiration beaded bead that Onye sent me for my birthday. At first glance I thought it was made from PRAW5 like mine, but after chatting with her and looking closely- her design is actually triangle woven. I haven't actually tried to make a triangle woven bead yet, but I am very happy with my PRAW interpretation!!! Thanks again to Onye! 💜

I can't believe there are only 2 beads to go! 

My remaining deadlines are:

12/15 & 12/29!

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth