Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #28: Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads! My love and passion for beading is rooted in the amazement I have every time a pile of beads becomes a self supporting bead of its own! As you may know if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or this blog- is that I entered the Battle of the Beadsmith for the first time this year. I had planned to cover beaded beads as one of my posts well before I knew I was entering the battle and before I knew what I was going to make. My rookie battle piece is made out of a rainbow of beaded beads. Last year my entire year of blog posts was dedicated to beaded beads. I might have a beaded bead problem.... :)

Currently the voting for Round 1 of the battle is over. The winners of round one have been announced and Steven has paired up round 2. My battle piece did not make it past the first round, but I am still happy I got to participate. I love seeing all the creative ways people use beads! Click on over to the Facebook page Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official to see all the entries this year. There is eventually going to be a round 2 to vote on. :)

My Battle piece contains over 200 unique beaded beads, many of them similar to or derived from the beads from my blog posts from last year.

There are dodecahedron beaded beads like Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.
Some of the beads are made from SuperDuos like Beaded Bead #2 
There are a couple of Icosahedron beads like Beaded Bead #8
There are a variety of cube beads including those like in my post about Beaded bead #14

I am going to suggest if you want haven't made beaded beads, get on that and visit my blog posts from last year. I tried my best to find good affordable tutorials for the beaded beads and included them in my posts.  I also have two of my own beaded bead tutorials on Etsy. There are at least 5 beads in my battle piece that were based on my Duocube tutorial

One of the more common beads I made for my battle piece is a dodecahedron made from SuperDuos. Unlike the bead I made for beaded bead #2 last year, this one is made by only using one hole of the bead for the core. I took a few pictures to show what I did. If you are familiar with the construction of a dodecahedron this bead is going to be an easy one and you won't even need my pictures! If you aren't familiar- visit my dodecahedron beaded beads in my post Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.

Here's a quick and partial how to :)
Need: 30 Superduos and a small pile of size 11 seed beads.

Pick up 5 Superduos and create a circle. Tighten by passing through them again or tying a knot, whichever you prefer.

Pick up 4 beads and pass through the bottom hole of the starting bead creating a circle.

Continue through the next bead in line. Pick up 3 beads and continue through the last bead in the previous circle and through the starting bead and make a circle. 

Continue using the "bottom" holes of the Superduos to complete a dodecahedron. 



Reverse the thread path up through the "top" hole of the last Superduo exited. Add size 11 beads in between all of the "top" holes of the Superduos weaving around until all the spaces are filled. The core will be a little floppy at this point but will tighten up as the outside beads are added.


Voila- a beaded bead! Weave in any extra thread and done!

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 21st: Flat Chenille

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

October 5th: Fringe

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth


  1. Well, poop. 😕
    I love your Battle piece & you *know* I love beaded beads. 💜💙❤

    1. Thanks Onye! I was happy to participate! I did enjoy the excuse to make 200+ beaded beads! I dreamed in dodecahedrons for most of June :)