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Beaded Bead Tute


About this design:

A tutorial of how to do a beaded bead. Hope you all understand it, and it's not to confusing.

Components:

12mm round wood bead, 11/0 seed beads. I chose purple and green so you could see it better. For your first attempt I would suggest just doing one color of seed bead. Tip 1) Make sure the wood beads hole is big enough to do a bunch of passes through it, but not to big. Tip 2) You will want your wood bead to match the seed bead, as you will have a few little gaps.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Thread a needle and pass it through the wood bead. Pick up the number of seed beads you need to go around the wood bead to fit nicely.(I used 10 seed beads for a 12 mm wood bead for my first row.) Thread your needle through the opposite side of the would bead, so that the seed beads go around the wood bead. To many will make the strand bulge out. It is ok to have some room at the top and bottom of the bead, as it will be up against a spacer bead or another bead when you string it.
Step 2:
For the next row you will need one less seed bead then you used in the first row(I used 9). Thread your needle through the opposite side of the wood bead again, and snug it up against the first row.
Step 3:
For the third row use one less seed bead then you did in row two(I used 8). Pass your needle through again and snug it up to the row with 9 seed beads.
Step 4:
For the next row you will want to use the same number of seed beads as you did in step 2(I used 9). The following row after that will be the same number of seed beads as your first row. Continue in this manner until you have filled the wood bead. You might have a few little cracks in between the rows, but that is why you use a similar color wood bead as the seed beads.
Step 5:
Once you are done with the rows, finish your threads off. I finished mine of by going back through the seed beads, then knotting the two ends and adding a dab of glue.


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Cool and Thanks! Wanda :)

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks Wanda! I’m gonna have to try this!

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Forgot to mention to leave about a 6″ tail. You can use a bead stopper on the tail. I just wrap it around my pinky and hold it. I also went around the bead twice, before adding beads to help hold the thread in place.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Great job…thanks so much Wanda…I’ll have to give this a try!

  5. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Very cool and great instructions!

  6. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Very clear and understandable. Thanks so much! :)

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks! I never would have guessed about changing the number of beads per row. I can see how that will make the fit much better.

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thanks everyone! They do look cool when you do more then one color of seed bead.

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks so much for the instructions. These are fantastically awesome! How do you make the little topper/spacer bead?

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    It’s just a metal antique brass spacer bead Gail.

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    OMG thanks Wanda…I am soooooo gonna do this!!

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Ohhhh! Duh! It looked like seed beads too! :-/

  13. Shadowcat
    Shadowcat says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Wanda.

  14. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Just found this. Thank you. It is really helpful.

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