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Samplers for Robin

About this design:

The question you asked about my last necklace got me thinking so I made a few samplers. The first ones are 3 bead herringbone- 6/0 seed beads, 8/0 seed beads and a combination of 8/0 and 3 mm beads. (all have thread showing). My 6/0 seed beads are not very uniform- maybe that's why there's so much thread. (the 8/0s are not that bad)
The next photo is right angle weave (raw) using 8/0 seed beads, 3 mm beads and 8/0 seed beads. The third is also 8/0 and 3 mm seed beads but has 3 beads on each side.
Not much thread showing on any of the raw stitches. I don't like the superduos and tiles with either of the samples. Now - take them apart and put them away.


8/0 seed beads - silk lilac, pink, blue,o Orange, silk green, 6/0 seed beads -blues and orange 3 mm AB light topaz copper tiles and superduos

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Beady, are you using fireline or silk thread. Can you use fireline or thin beading wire with pearls? what I’m wanting to do is just a 32 inch long necklace of seed beads and pearls. I’ve not worked with pearls much. Do use 8/0′s and smaller? I expect mine will be mishmash -
    thanks for the pics!

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Robin – I’m using 8 lb. Fireline. The attached photo is a necklace I made with 11/0 seed beads (2 bead herringbone), 3 mm Czech glass druks (silver and blue), and 6 mm Czech glass pearls.
    I have also made lariats using 8/0 seed beads but not woven (see 2nd pic) – actually this one has 11/0, 8/0 and 4 mm bicones. I used Beadalon wire (.015 in. and crimps – covered with 6/0 seed beads).I am not very familiar with real pearls – usually use glass but I understand that the holes are small. Give it a go.

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  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Those are just beautiful-I love the grey with the pearls! What I have is a jar of pearls – some real, some are Swarovski and some are Czech glass.- so this should turn out interestingl

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do Robin. Should be fun.

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Well, I’ll enter this conversation with a few questions too. :)

    Beady, I have some 6# Fireline, so that shouldn’t be a problem? I also have .012 Parachute cord? It’s thin, very supple & strong–would that work also?

    Robin, be sure to check the hole sizes on the pearls you might use–they are definitely not all the same. Maybe even run a few passes thru the beads you intend to use to be sure they will work before you start. I was halfway thru a design, and sadly it had to be taken apart because when I came to the pearls, they were way too small. Can’t wait to see your design!

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Hi Crystal – Yes 6# Fireline would be fine. I don’t know much about Parachute cord. If .012 is inches it might be too fat. 8# Fireline is .007 in or .18 mm. I think 6# is .006 in – the parachute cord might be twice that thick. 6# is very good for 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads (along with a skinny needle).

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Crystal – Check out Robin’s “A pearl gallimaufry!”

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks for the heads up Beady. The parachute cord looks very thin, but with your numbers, I will definitely have to take my own advice to Robin and try it a couple passes thru the beads to see if it will work. Thanks so much for the info!

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    You’re welcome Crystal.

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