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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Make An Easy Farfalle Bead Bracelet

For this example I have used
farfalle beads
0.3mm tigertail wire (about 75cm)
clasp of your choice.
 Fold the wire in half and with the wires together thread on 3 of the seed beads.
1. Thread one end of the clasp onto the centre of the wire.
Fold the wire in half and with the wires together thread on 3 of the seed beads.
2. Separate the wires, onto each wire thread one seed bead then 3 farfalle beads and one more seed bead.
3. Bring the wires back together and add an 8mm bead, both wires should be going through this bead.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the length required.
Push the beads firmly up the wire as you go so the farfalle beads sit together to form neat clusters.
5. Bring the wires together and thread on the other 3 seed beads, the crimp bead and the clasp.
6. Bring the wire around and back through the crimp bead and the 3 seed beads.
7. Push the seed beads and the crimp bead up against 
the bracelet beads -away from the clasp-
hold the clasp tightly in one hand and the wire in the other,
pull the wire until the clasp is snug against the beads, if it is difficult to pull all the way you need to push the beads and crimp away from the clasp again so the excess wire can slide through.
If you can't get a good grip on the wire hold it with your pliers.
8. Squash the crimp bead with the tip of your flat pliers and trim off the excess wire as close to the beads as you can.

For these instructions I have used 8mm glass pearls but these could be swapped for any other beads for a different look.
beginner jewellery making
This version is made with blue inside lined farfalle beads, 8/0 metallic silver seed beads and 10mm fire polished crystals.

To make a matching necklace just make it longer.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

How To Make Daisies With Seed Beads

Use a needle and beading thread to make a daisy stitch bracelet or necklace, suitable threads would be Nymo, S-Lon, or similar fine thread. I have used size 8 seed beads but you can use any size you like for bigger or smaller daisies.
I've already made 2 daisies, next daisy will be a white one. 
To make a daisy first pick up 6 seed beads onto your thread.
Sew back through the first bead as shown to form a loop.
Pull up the thread so the beads sit close to the previous daisy.
Add a different colour bead for the centre of the daisy.
Pass the needle through the opposite bead in the circle in the 
direction shown by the red arrow.
Pull the thread until the bead pops into the centre, repeat until 
you have the length you want.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 16 January 2017

How To Make A Beaded Dragonfly

free instructions beaded dragonfly
You will need
17 size 5/0 seed beads for the body
110 size 8/0 seed beads for the wings
2 size 5/0 seed beads for the eyes
20" (50cm) 0.3mm (28g) beading wire
1. Thread a body bead Size 5/0) to the centre of the wire and 
fold the wire in half.
2. Thread a further 9 body beads over both wires to form the tail.
3. Separate the wires and thread 2 body beads onto one of the wires, thread the other wire through the beads in the opposite direction.
4. Pull the wires through until the beads are up against the tail.
5. Thread 25 wing beads (size 8) onto one of the wires.
6. Bring the wire around to form the shape of the wing and pass it back through the two body beads.
7. Pull the wire through firmly.
8. Still using the same wire you just pulled through the two body beads thread on another 25 wing beads.
9. Thread back through the same 2 body beads to form another wing.
10. Add another 2 body beads in the same way as steps 2 and 3.
11. Pull up firmly.
12. Using whichever is the longest wire make another wing as 
before but this time using 30 beads.
13. Make another wing with 30 beads as before and then add 2 more body beads as in steps 2 & 3.
14. Place one eye bead on each wire.
15. Place a body bead on one of the wires and thread the other 
wire through in the opposite direction.
Pull up the wires and your dragonfly is complete.

The wire can be used to attach the dragonfly to something such as a window hanger, headband or brooch back etc. or you could trim the ends and turn a loop and use a piece of ribbon or chain to hang it up.

Thanks for looking!