December 29, 2009

How to make a Circle Pendant



The pattern is super easy. Just 1 seed bead one side, 2 on the other side and cross at the fire polished bead. You can make the circle bigger or smaller by using more or less fire polished beads. I added a jump ring to the circle for hanging. Design your signature piece by using different combination of beads.

Materials
20 4mm Fire Polished glass beads (garnet)
size 11 seed beads (antique gold)
5 feet fishing line



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December 16, 2009

How to make a Christmas Ring






This is a basic ring band making technique. Try using non-festive colors for a different look.

I made a mistake when adding the second layer of white beads. You should restring the green bead (missed in the instruction at ~4:13) and then the two white beads and add two more white beads for the first set. Afterward, just restring the two white beads and add two white beads.


Materials:
Size 11 seed beads - green, red, white opal
Fishing line about 30 cm in lenght



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December 15, 2009

A Green Christmas Tree



Made a green one today. Please check the last blog for instruction.

Gifts-making crunch time -- may be able make a few new rings and things as gifts and show you how to make them these two weeks. Stay tuned.

Happy Holidays!

December 13, 2009

A Beaded Christmas Tree





I made this Christmas tree in white. You can easily change it to a more colorful version by using green bicone and bugle beads and seed beads in different colors. I didn't use Swarovski crystal beads for this project. I used some crystal-like glass beads that are fraction of the cost of Swarovski crystals. The cutting of these crystal beads are not as precise as Swarovski but still do the job well.

Materials:
30 4mm bicone crystal beads (opal)
15 6mm bugle beads (white)
size 11 seed beads (silver-lined)
4 4mm crystal cubes (opal ab)
1 4mm crystal rondelle beads
Fishing line - approximate 15 cm for each layer
1 2.5"head pin


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November 27, 2009

Beaded Christmas Wreath



Pretty easy once you repeat the pattern a few times. You can use 4 or 5mm bicone beads instead of rondelle beads as well.

Materials:
21 5mm Faceted crystal rondelle beads (dark green)
21 4mm Fire Polished beads (light green)
seed beads - size 11 (red)
seed beads - size 11 (gold)

Fishing line - 70cm



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November 4, 2009

A Fuchsia Ring





With this ring you learn the technique of adding a bezel-like ring around the center bead. You can use seed beads instead of bugle beads and bicone crystal or round beads for the fire polished beads.

Check out basic techniques for how to make the ring band.

Materials:
1 8mm Crystal bead (Fuchsia)
8 4mm Fire polished beads (violet/rose two-tone AB)
3mm bugle beads (Pink Iris)
90cm fishing line

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October 13, 2009

How to make a wedge of Watermelon with beads





I have been super busy lately and will be busy in coming months so may not update this blog as often. I finally finished the videos for watermelon. The written pattern can be found here.

Material:
Size 11 Green, White, Red, Black seed beads
1 piece of fishing line 40 cm long
1 piece of fishing line 20 cm long



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September 18, 2009

How to make the Crystal Bali Spacer Ring





Super easy ring to make. Try using different types of beads and spacer beads to achieve different looks. Check on side bar for the "Basic Technique" link if you don't know how to add the ring band. Don't forget to checkout the blue version.

Materials:
7 4mm bicone crystal beads
8 5mm spacer beads
size 11 seed beads

40cm Fishing line


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September 7, 2009

How to make a Panda with beads




Another example of turning beaded ball into an animal: the head is a beaded ball, body is a row of cross stitches. Add ears, hands, feet and tail and you get a panda!

Materials:

32 - 4mm bicone bead(transparent)
9 - 3mm round beads (black)
2 - 4mm fire polished beads (black)
8 - 4mm round bead (black)
5 - size 11 seed beads (transparent)


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August 25, 2009

How to make a Mushroom with Beads





This reminds me of a Super Mario Brothers mushroom. It's very important that you restring all the beads otherwise it'll be too soft at the top to hold up the shape.

Materials:
30 - 4mm bicone beads (green)
size 11 seed beads (transparent)
size 9 seed beads (white)
90cm fishing line
1 - 2" head pin
1 - 4mm fire polished bead (white)
Round Nose Pilers
Wire cutter


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August 16, 2009

How to Make a Little Bear Head





I used 3mm bicone beads for this bear. It turns out very tiny - about 1cm x 1.5cm. Good size for a charm or cell phone attachment. I'm trying to figure out how to add a body to the head . . .

Materials:
40 - 3mm bicone beads (brown)
3 - 3mm bicone beads (black)

35cm fishing line


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August 2, 2009

How to Bead a Strawberry





Materials:
15 - 3mm red bicone beads
18 - 4mm red bicone beads
1 - 3mm green bicone bead
1 - 6mm red round bead
Size 11 seed beads: red, green and transparent

1 pc - 70 cm fishing line (for strawberry body)
1 pc - 15 cm fishing line (for leaves)
1 pc - 1.5" head pin

Round nose pliers
Wire cutter


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July 31, 2009

A Blue Crystal Beaded Flower





This is a simpler version of the Rose Pendant. Similar concept: adding rows and rows of different beads combination. If you want to make a ring out of this, start the ring band at the 4mm blue fire polish bead.

Materials:
8 3mm bicone crystal beads (hematite)
4 4mm fire polished glass beads (sapphire)
4 3mm fire polished glass beads (black diamond AB)
4 4mm bicone crystal beads (black diamond)
4 4mm bicone crystal beads (ice blue)

Size 11 seed beads - light blue
Size 11 seed beads - silver-lined transparent

60 cm fishing line


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July 18, 2009

How to make a Butterfly with Beads



Materials:
20 4mm fire polished glass beads (purple AB)
Size 11 seed beads (gold)
2 30cm fishing line
1 20cm fishing line


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June 28, 2009

How to make an Angel with Beads





I thought the beads I used for the wings were called dagger beads. But upon closer look, dagger beads are straight but the beads I used are slightly curved. I'm not sure what they're called. Heart shape or leaf shape beads would work as long as the hole of the bead is on the flat side of the bead. You can also replace the skirt with cone shape beads. Try different combination of beads for fun results.

Materials:
1 6mm roundell crystal bead
2 6mm round pearl beads
3 4mm bicone crystal beads
2 8mm leaf/heart shape beads (for the wings)
1 4mm diamond crystal
6 3x6mm rice shape pearl beads, size 11 seed beads

1 head pin
2 15 cm fishing lines


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June 26, 2009

How to make a Doggie Head with Beads





This doggie head was done by connecting a front piece (the one with eyes and nose) and a back piece with whole bunch of cross stitches like how we assemble the Cross. I used a cell phone lanyard that has lobster claw clasp to clip on the bead. You can add jump ring to it to make charm and pendant or sting a ring band from the side to make a ring.

Materials:
Head: 41 4mm bicone crystal beads
Ears: 14 4mm bicone crystal beads
Eyes and Nose: 3 4mm round beads
Fishing lines:
3 x 20cms for front and back pieces and connecting the two pieces
2 x 10cm for ears


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June 20, 2009

How to Make a Star with Beads



I am demonstrating this star using seed beads. You can use bugle beads instead of seed beads for the sides of the points like the white one below. Also try using different color for the core like the blue-and-white star below. I used 3mm beads in bicone shape for the blue-and-white star and used only 2 beads for each side of the point instead of 3.

Materials:
Core: 15 beads
Points: 65 beads
Fishing Line: 40 cm (if you use size 11 seed beads)



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June 17, 2009

How to make a Treble Clef with Wire



Only take 2 mins to make. Add a jump ring to make it a pendant or add to earring hooks to make earrings. Attach to scrapbooks, greeting cards . . .

Materials:
20 gauge or thicker wire
Round nose pilers
Wire cutter




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June 9, 2009

How to make a Double-Flower Ring





This is a classic beaded ring pattern. Looks great in monochromatic color scheme.

Materials:
15 4mm bicone crystal beads (Pacific Opal)
Size 11 seed beads (transparent light blue with copper center)
60 cm fishing line



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Check here for instruction on how to add ring band to the ring
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