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Beaded Bead 2

The first instalment of my new ‘Beading Beaded Beads’ project, in which I will bead lots of beaded beads and tell you all about it. Beaded Bead 1 was not good – I rather suspect this was my fault rather than the designer’s, so I’ll re-do it and tell you about it later.
Beaded Bead 2 is from a free tutorial by BeadTurtle.  It’s a nice simple tutorial using one of the standard techniques for building a dodecahedron – groups of 3 larger beads linked through groups of 5 smaller beads, and I’m sure some similar ones will appear later in this project.  She specifies size 10 seeds, but I don’t have any, and as this project is supposed to be a bit of a stash buster I had to use what I had already.  I’ve tried the tutorial before with size 11s and it didn’t work, so I went for size 8 seeds and tweaked the embellishment.

Recipe

30 6mm Opaque Turquoise rounds

<1g Seed beads size 8 Miyuki 1427 Silver lined dark violet

<1g Seed beads size 11 Miyuki 352 Fuchsia lined aqua lustre

Don’t worry too much about tension as the final embellishment of the seed bead groups of five tensions and stiffens the ball (up to that point it was alarmingly floppy).  Where she adds the yellow centre to the groups of size 10 seeds, I simply added an 11 between each of my 8s.

This was a lovely quick and comfortable project, and has given me a good base technique which I will use again and embellish.  Although I think these were my only 6mm rounds so there won’t be another one with rounds in this project – it would work equally well with any type of larger bead, and I’ve seen similar techniques applied to fire polisheds, crystals and even spikes.

For my next beaded bead I’m going to try an even simpler version, which omits the smaller groups of 5 and just goes for the triangles of larger beads – hopefully soon!  And then there is Beaded Bead 1 to try again………….

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