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Beaded Bead 6

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that this isn’t exactly running in order – that’s because some of the beaded beads are easier to blog about than others.  For example beads 4&5 are photographed, but I need to pull out the references and links needed to give the designers proper credit.  Bead 6 is one of mine so less digging needed.

Bead 6 is actually a set of samples which will hopefully evolve into a new tutorial – not quite there yet, as in samples 1 & 2 there’s a size 11 placement which annoys me, and the spikes in sample 3 are rather wobbly.  But I will persevere.

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Sample 1 was born of beading lots of different beaded beads, and getting one of the possible structures so stuck into my brain that I had to try it in spikes.  It uses 12 spikes, woven into a kind of a cube with trios at the corners.  At least I think it is – looking at the finished ones I’m no longer sure (best take some step by step photos of sample 4).

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Sample 2 uses gumdrops (they are often interchangeable with standard size spikes as they have the same size base – 7mm).  It switches to 11s from 15s in some places, but as you can see above still has 11s in the trios and they don’t sit right.

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And sample 3 is back to spikes to try and iron out some flaws in 1&2 by just using 15s.  Still not right though, the spikes are more wobbly than 1.  One more combination left to try I think……..

Anyway, no recipe yet or tips since you can’t try this one at home, but bear with me and it will emerge eventually as a tutorial.

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