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Another Flowery Trellis

About this design:

I wanted to use some rice beads for a trellis and loved the color of these beads. Unfortunately they kept breaking my Fireline. It snapped 3 or 4 times! I had to put a note on them (Bad Beads). I will not buy that brand again - Not from LB. Anyway I will keep this for myself and see how long it lasts. Luckily all the rest of my rice beads are a different brand.


6 x 4 mm Matte Brow Rice Beads, 3 x 11 mm Teal Silver Picasso Daggers, 6 x 8 mm Butterscotch Bellflowers, 3.4 mm Matte Transparent Orange AB Drops, 13 x 17 LB Tierracast Magnetic Antique Gold Plated Temple Stitch Clasp

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  1. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Goodness Beady this is just gorgeous!! Iam so sorry about the beads snapping your fireline that is so frustrating…..all that work ….I sure pray this lasts for you ….it looks just like flowers growing up a trellis

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks so much Kimberly. I usually go back through the beads twice. But the way the line was breaking was scary. Guess we’ll see.

  3. BevB
    BevB says:

    Another master piece, Beady! The colors are beautiful!

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Gorgeous trellis with flowers! I sure hope it lasts for years with all of the time you spent on this beauty.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    A beautiful necklace Beady. Sorry the rice beads are so sharp. I’ve been looking for alternatives to Fireline but haven’t found anything. I heard about something called nanofil but haven’t tried it. I have a crystal bracelet I have redone many times. It constantly breaks. It helps if you stuff as many passes of thread through as possible, but the beads are very pretty. Maybe save the rest for something that isn’t jewelry, like a wall hanging. I’ve been thinking of ordering a book of designs for little beaded boxes. But enough of my babbling. Your work is always the best.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Amazing Beady, another amazing design/work of art here. A beautiful flowery trellis – I love your gorgeous colors (what a pain with the beads breaking, I’m glad you had another reserve as well as the perseverance to keep going!) and especially love the use of the teal daggers – so cute and perfect for your design. Fantastic!!

  7. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thank you all so very much for your super comments.

    Funny – I decided if fireline wouldn’t work then I could use Parawire. No! It might have worked with a higher gauge (I was using 20 Ga.) but I don’t think the loops would be strong enough. Anyway – the beads stripped off the outer laver of the Parawire. Those beads are so gone.

  8. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    I am really liking the beaded trellises. As for thread breaks, you can also use something like tigertail or Beadalon flexible bead stringing wire. It doesn’t knot well, but a crimp bead can be woven into the end of the design. Use a lighter weight like .015 or .012; the coil may make certain designs twist, though, so you may need to twist it as you string.

  9. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    “Those beads are gone.” That really made me laugh Beady. That’s the closest thing to a complaint I have ever heard from you, LOL.

  10. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Just got around to commenting…BLE this looks quite complicated…but then all Your pieces do. It’s absolutely lovely…I love how all your necklaces are asymmetrical.

  11. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thank you thank you for your comments.

    Stingray – Thanks so much for the advice. I rarely use stringing wire but it’s probably the only workable solution. I wanted to thank you for your advice on the Parawire. It works wonderfully for me. So much fun.

    KR – Yes, those beads are so annoying. I think I’ll have to take it apart and try again. I’ve already had 1 repair! Anyway – I love the clasp and want to reuse it. I decided to tell the vendor about the problem but he doesn’t sell them any more. Hahaha, Guess he already heard.

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beautiful work! How sad that the beads keep breaking the Fireline–I can’t imagine how disappointing, let alone the frustration level. What a shame about this–making too many repairs just might not be worth it. The ivory flowers & daggers on the peach base is a stellar combination. Maybe you can find some more rice beads in that color and redo–it will totally be worth the effort.

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