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Snakeskin Peyote

About this design:

Years ago I found a hank of mixed beads at a local bead store. When I finished the bracelet, it reminded me of snakeskin. The bracelet is flat even-count Peyote, and the necklace is tubular odd-count peyote.


Seed beads, silver-plated toggle, cones, connectors, etc.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Very cool :D

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is the kind of snakeskin I like! The necklace looks like the snake shed its skin. How difficult is the peyote stitch? It looks time consuming and difficult to me.

  3. wellsdalakaJulie
    wellsdalakaJulie says:

    Pam, peyote takes time, but flat even-count peyote is very simple, especially when there’s no pattern or a simple repetitive one. It’s my favorite seed bead stitch. Try it with a bracelet six or eight beads wide. My best tip for starting is to use unrelated beads for the second, fourth, etc. beads in the first row so you can easily identify the beginning. Take the strange beads out once you’ve completed a few columns.

  4. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    The mix of beads really makes it look complex and beautiful. I’ll bet your wear it with lots of different outfits. Love it!

  5. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    I absolutely love this. I admire your ability and skill to do the bead weaving stitches. Beautiful.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Very nice work! I would be wearing this set all the time as I am totally fascinated by reptiles; and the ‘pattern’ surely does give that impression. So from your comment above, is this purely random, or some kind of planned randomness? Either way…I love the effect. :)

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ooooh, I love the non-pattern of the beads! Sorta cammy like. The colors remind me of a diamond back rattle snake not that I have ever had the privilege of meeting one. In spite of the similarity to a rattler’s colors these are beautiful pieces of work. Love ‘em both! :D

  8. G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail says:

    Very cool! I really admire the skill and patience this takes to do. Totally beyond me!! I really like the randomness of the pattern too and can see this being worn with many different styles.

  9. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    This is so different. I like peyote. It is fun, but I’m still a beginner because I haven’t made a finished piece. So I agree with others it takes a lot of patience. It’s a challenge to figure out color combinations and design, and your efforts are wildly successful.

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