December 10, 2010


This is a Santa head with faces on both sides. I don't have any white beads so I used transparent beads instead. It would look better with white beads. I used size 11 seed beads to make the little one on the right.

23 3mm bicone or round white beads
15 3mm bicone or round red beads
8 3mm bicone or round light pink beads
4 3mm bicone or round black beads
1 4mm round pearl bead

50cm fishing line

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December 6, 2010

How to make a bell with beads

Start with making a beaded bead then add 4 "petals" to form a bell.

29 4mm faceted bicone beads
1 6mm spacer bead
1 3mm round bead
1 8mm faceted round bead or jungle bell
1 2-inch head pin
50cm fishing line
round nose pliers
wire cutter

Make a beaded bead first then follow the video below:

October 24, 2010

Purple Zig-Zag Necklace

This is the purple version of the Zig-Zag Necklace. The finished size is approximately 17" long. I used Chinese crystal beads instead of Swarovski crystal beads here. Chinese crystal beads are much cheaper but the cuttings are rougher, not all beads have the same size and not as sparkling. For the same 4mm beads, the Chinese version is slightly bigger. So if you use Swarovski crystals beads for this project you may need one more set to accomplish the same length.

33 4mm bicone crystal beads - purple AB
30 4mm bicone crystal beads - light grey
size 11 seed beads - matt galvanized amethyst
1 10mm faceted crystal rondell bead - light gray
70 inches fishing line

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June 13, 2010

How to make a Soccer (Football) with Beads

The quadrennial FIFA inspired me to make this soccer ball. I don't have 3mm white beads so I used transparent beads instead. The smaller ball on the left was made with size 11 chalk white and black seed beads.

This is another pattern for making an ornate bead/ball. Use different colors of beads to make it look more like an ornate bead and less like a soccer ball.


60 3mm round beads (transparent AB)
size 11 seed beads (jet black)
Fishing line 90cm long

Row 1:

Row 2:

Row 3:

Row 4:


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June 5, 2010

How to make an Anchor with Beads

The top part of this anchor is actually a cross. The technique used to make the cross here is a little different from the "How to make a cross pendant" tutorial. The pattern is not that difficult but requires a lot of sewing up of the two sides so a bit time consuming. Add a necklace between the top bicone beads to use it as a pendant. Add a lanyard to use it as a cell phone charm, a short ball chain to make it a key chain, a ribbon to make it a handbag decor. . . I added a ring band and made a ring out of it.
Written pattern is located at this great site:

6 4mm bicone shaped beads
Approximately 50 3mm bicone beads
size 11 seed beads - silver lined, gold lined
fishing line (about 0.2mm) 90cm for the cross part; 60cm for the bottom part

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May 14, 2010

Chandelier Earrings

6 5x7mm fire polished glass beads (faceted tear drop, light blue AB)
6 6mm faceted rondelle glass bead (transparent)
4 4mm faceted fire polished beads (transparent AB)
16 size 11 seed bead (transparent sliver-lined)
Wire - 22 gauge
Wire cutters
Round Nose Pilers

How to make jump rings

How to make earring hooks

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May 8, 2010

Simple Pearl Earrings


Earring Hooks:
Wire - 20 or 22 gauge

Earrings #1:
2 10mm round pearl beads
2 6mm faceted rondelles glass beads
2 head pins (with round tips)

Earrings #2:
2 10mm round pearl beads
2 6mm round pearl beads
2 8mm swarovski crystal rondelles spacers
2 head pins

Instruction for french wire earring hooks

Instruction for making loops

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April 4, 2010

Ocean Blue Ring

The finished product measures about 1.5" x 1.5". Use smaller beads for smaller size or bigger beads for bigger ones. Nice as a pendant, ring, embellishment on clothes or ornament to hang on Christmas tree . . . Be creative!

Check out how to add ring band or bail here.

3 4mm fire polished glass beads - light blue
6 4mm fire polished glass beads - white transparent AB
15 4mm fire polished glass beads - blue
size 11 seed beads - metallic blue

100cm fishing line

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March 10, 2010

A Little Easter Chick

This is the chicken version of the penguin. Follow the instruction below after you added the last bead of a beaded ball. I don't have any yellow bicone beads at hand so I used faceted plastic round beads. I think it would look better with bicone beads.

34 4mm yellow beads
3 4mm orange beads
2 3mm black beads
60cm fishing line

February 21, 2010

Four-Leaf Clover (Good Luck) Ring

St. Patrick's Day is coming up in a few weeks. Sending you luck with this 4-leaf clover pattern. The videos below will show to you how to make a ring. But you can easily add a jumpring to make it a pendant or cell phone/bracelet charm. Try using different colors for each leaf for different effect.

12 4mm bicone crystal glass beads
size 11 seed beads
2 x 60 cm fishing lines

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

February 11, 2010

Dangle Hoop Earrings

Another super easy project. You can do a lot with this technique. For example, dangle bead from center jump ring or add danglers in between seed beads.

2 x 8cm wire (20 gauge)
2 4mm crystal glass beads (lavender AB)
#11 hex Cut Seed Beads (Iris)

Round object (e.g. a thick pen)
Round nose pilers
Flat nose pilers
Wire cutters

January 24, 2010

Beaded component: bead cap, dangle earring, stud earring

This is a very versatile component. Easy to make and only use 4 crystal beads. I showed you how to make 4 variations with this component in the second video: as an earring dangler, a bead cap and a stud earring. You can also use it as the center piece of a ring by adding ring band around it. I used very small size beads for this project because it looks delicate and more like silver and diamond this way. You can use bigger beads to make bigger pieces and different color combination to make a fun piece.

Main Component:
4 3mm bicone swarovski crystal bead (black diamond AB)
Tiny seed beads in matt silver, faceted cut
15cm fishing line

Additional materials for dangle earrings:
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Bigger Beads (>6mm)

Additional material when use as a bead cap:
Bigger beads (>6mm)
Head pins
Earring hooks

Additional material for stud earrings:
Eye pins
Earring backings
Jewelry glue or thin wire

Wire cutter
Round nose pliers

Additional tutorials to support the above projects:
How to make earrings
How to make earring hooks
How to make jump rings

January 11, 2010

A Little Bag with Heart

This is a variation of the little bags. I used plastic bicone beads here and the quality of those beads are not that that good. The "heart" will turn out better if you use Swarovski crystal beads which provide more precise cuts.

40 3mm Bicone bead (white/transparent)
3 3mm Bicone bead (red)
50cm Fishing line

January 1, 2010

Another Easy Beaded Heart

This is the same pattern as the butterfly but without the seed beads. Instead of putting the pieces side by side I put one on top of the other here to make a heart shape.

20 4 mm Fire Polished Glass Beads (jet AB)
8 4 mm bicone beads (jet)
A few size 11 seed beads

2 15 cm fishing lines for the main parts
1 20 cm fishing line for the side

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