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Cellini How-to

About this design:

People have been so kind about commenting on my spiral weave pieces, I thought I'd return the favor. This is the first one I made. It's more complicated than it needs to be, so I'll explain how to do a basic one. I'm showing the Cellini spiral, which is easier than the Dutch.


Size 15, 11, 8 and 6 seed beads; needle; thread, (I've used 6 pound Fireline); beading dish. (I arrange the beads in order in the compartments of my beading dish.)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String on beads in this order: 15, 11, 8, 6, 8, 11. See how they go up and then down in size? That's how you get the nice nipped-in-waist spiral. Go through the first bead (the 15) to create a closed ring.

Add a 15. Go through the next bead, an 11. Add an 11. Go around the ring, adding another bead of the same type after the first one until you add the last 11. You're ready for round three.
Step 2:
HERE'S THE ONLY TRICK TO THIS STITCH--DON'T go through the first 15. Skip past it and go through the LAST one added. You'll continue this pattern (skip over all but the last bead, add one of the same type) for the rest of the piece. You've already mastered the Cellini spiral!
Step 3:
While you're working round three, begin pulling the beads into a circle.
Step 4:
By round four, your piece should be round (well, kind of oblong).
Step 5:
After twelve rounds, you'll have one completed spiral. Keep going until you have the length you want.

There are different ways to finish. You can join the ends together for a bangle (as in the picture), add end caps (or stones or pearls) and a clasp, sew in a snap, or use leather or ribbon ties.

Sorry the pictures are somewhat fuzzy; I don't have a tripod. Hope the instructions are clearer. Happy beading!

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Thanks so much! I dont know if my arthritic fingers can manage it, but I sure want to give it a try!

  2. Laud
    Laud says:

    My advice is to take your time. Do some stitching, then put the piece aside so your hands won’t be held in a cramped position too long. If all else fails, make earrings!

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    They look fun to wear. So many choices of outfits with all that color going on. Thanks for the tute Laud! Will be very helpful if or when I try to take this on. Just absolutely love your piece :-D

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks! I didn’t get the light right on the photo; the big beads are really sparkly. I feel glam when I wear it.

  5. Peggy3
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  6. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    The piece is absolutely awesome , Laudomia!!

    I will have to wait with it until I am good with basics of peyote….

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Love that bracelet!
    My brain exploded reading the directions!! LOL!

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    You’d get it quickly if you saw it, I bet. Just add a bead after the last one of the same color, and that’s it.

  9. HeidiG
    HeidiG says:

    Oh my goodness, this bracelet is gorgeous! I think I can follow your instructions. I’m guessing that when you get to the halfway point you start reducing?

  10. HeidiG
    HeidiG says:

    Oooops, took another look and it seems to be the same width all the way around. That’s even easier! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Your directions make it seem easy. I think I will give it a try. You know it will be purple! :)

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Wow, Laud gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial, to bad I’m hopeless when it comes to treads and needles :D

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    WOW! I might even be able to do this with your clear instructions!! Thanks SOOO MUCH for the tut, Laud!! I can actually hold a needle and thread so if I can make my fingers pick up a 15… :) This is fabulous!!!!! :)

  14. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Eternally grateful to you, Laud, for this clear tutorial in still pictures. It is wonderful, and at least for me, a much easier way to “see” how the stitch evolves :)

  15. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wows a! This is stunning! Thanks for the tutorial! Don’t know if I’m brave enough to try it!

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    Becky brought up a good point about bead handling: Don’t take the bead to the needle; take the needle to the bead. What I mean is leave the beads in the dish and skewer them with the needle. Trying to hold tiny beads between your fingers would be maddening.

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    That’s what I do when I work with 15 to 6/0 seed beads and even some smaller stones. Laud is right. It is MUCH easier to pick them up with the needle than trying to use your pincher fingers which in my case are already arthritic. :)

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    L Sikora says:

    I am in awe of these talented people and want to thank them all for sharing with beaders.

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    Carlatherese says:

    I’ve done this in ‘flat’ & just haven’t put the clasp on. It’s ‘gathered dust’ for ages. This will inspire me to get that clasp done & try the spiral. Love it, & your directions seem doable. I need to see it rather than read directions. Tku!!!

  20. Laud
    Laud says:

    Huh. I didn’t know this could be done flat. Love to see a picture!

  21. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    I love your color choices. I’m all about big bold colors. This is a technique that seems to be beyond me. I think your tutorial can help me, finally, get it! Thank you!

  22. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Wonderful! Wonderful!

  23. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Amazing!!! And your patience too! Thanks for the instructions, I might just try it! :)

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    D WOOD says:

    can’t wait to try this – want to try adding some sprigs (fringe) and ocean trinkets – starfish, sand dollars, etc. not sure how but will figure it out — LOL LOVE THE SPIRAL will be stunning in ocean blues and seafoam with some sea glass THANKS A MILLION FOR THE TUTORIAL

  25. Laud
    Laud says:

    I hope you all have fun with this technique!

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    L cullen says:

    It took me several mins & 5 trys to get your site to accept my info which hasn’t changes for quite sometime. Now I can no longer recall the question I needed the answer to. I’ll try again in about 10-11 years. I detest wasting time.

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