As regular followers will know, I’ve been expanding my range of eye cabochons and you can now find 18mm and 22mm sizes in my shop! 14mm sizes are coming soon as well as some new pretty face cabs which I’m working on right now. I’ve also introduced a new blue cat’s eye – Storm – an icy turquoise blue with gold highlights.
Today I’m sharing with you an extract from my Stargazer tutorial, showing how to make the beaded bead clasp which I hope you will find useful for other projects! These chunky beaded beads work brilliantly as a clasp for your beadwoven bracelets and necklaces or you can use them as they are for stringing with other beads. They’re quick and easy to make and are self supporting so there’s no need for a wooden core.
What you need
All you need are size 8 seed beads, a beading needle and beading thread. I’m using two colours of seed beads here, A and B, to make the tutorial a little clearer but you can use one colour throughout if you feel confident enough or have made beaded beads before.
How to make
Thread your needle with about half a metre of thread and pick up 4 A beads. Slide them down to about 8″ from the end of the thread and sew through them all again, plus one more, to create a circle. Pick up 1 B bead and sew through the next bead in the circle.
Repeat a further 3 times before stepping up through the first bead you added. Below I am adding the last bead and stepping up at the same time.
Pick up 2 A beads and sew through the next bead in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times, stepping up through the first 2 beads that you added.
Pick up 1 B bead and sew through the next 2 beads in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times before stepping up through the first bead you added. Pull the thread taut as you work, this will turn the beadwork into a cup shape.
Pick up 1 A bead and sew through the next bead in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times then step up through the first bead you added. Keep the thread taut as you work.
Sew through all 4 A beads to join them into a circle. Pull the thread taut to draw the beads together and weave the remaining thread into the work, tying one or two half-hitch knots as you go, before trimming. Weave the tail end of the thread in the same way and trim.
Your beaded bead is now ready to be used as a clasp for any bracelet or necklace! You can do this very easily by using the remaining thread at the end of your work.
Pick up a few seed beads (I’m using hex beads here), your beaded bead and a seed bead. Skipping the last seed bead, sew back through the beaded bead and the two seed beads and then into your bracelet/necklace. Reinforce this by repeating the same thread path one or two more times before securing and trimming your thread.
At the other end of your work use the tail end of the thread and pick up enough seed beads to go around the beaded bead (it will take trial and error to find the correct amount of beads!). Sew back into your bracelet/necklace to create a loop. Repeat the thread path several times to reinforce it and then secure your thread and trim as before.
If you’re interested in purchasing the whole tutorial, which shows how to make the Stargazer bracelet itself you can find it here in my Etsy shop.
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This tutorial must not be reproduced, distributed, published, taught, re-blogged or copied to sites such as Pinterest or Facebook without my permission. I’m happy for you to sell finished items made with the beads, please give this blog a mention if you do. All text and images belong to The Crimson Moon.
Just a very quick post to let you know that there’s a selection of cabochons at half price in my Etsy shop right now!
You can find them in this section…
Remember the days when Etsy had a limited number of Treasuries available at any one time and you had to wait to try and catch one of the much coveted spots? I could never catch one so I started making my own mini treasuries right here on the blog. But when they opened up the treasury making to everyone, blogging my finds fell by the wayside. I love to share the gorgeous work I find while browsing Etsy so I’m excited about starting it again! This time it’ll be a smaller amount of finds and from talented artists in the UK only. To begin with, I thought I would cheer up some of us weather-beaten Brits with items found searching the word ‘Yellow’.
Click on the images to visit the listings on Etsy.
I’ve gone beaded bead crazy again! As long-time regular readers of my blog will know, I do love a beaded bead. There are so many things you can do with them. You can make them tiny, huge or in between. You can make them round, flat, cubed – just about any shape you want. You can make them with a core or self-supporting. And there are a lot of different techniques you can use to achieve the effect you want.
I’ve used peyote a lot in the past but this time I wanted to try using another beadweaving technique so for my Pirouette bead I’ve gone for netting. This meant that I could add some sparkle to the bead in the form of Swarovski crystalsand the gaps within the netting enabled me to colour the wooden beads to compliment or contrast with my seeds and crystals! If you’d like to have a go at making a Pirouette bead yourself, you can find the tutorial here in my Etsy shop.