Anenenenemones

We’ve all been a bit peaky recently, so favourite films have been deployed.  I was managing to do a bit of beading, but kept getting stuck, so I thought I’d do some quick beaded beads as they are always useful.  We were watching Finding Nemo at the time, and before I knew it I’d fringed over the peyote base to make a lovely anemone for Marlin and Nemo.

However the colour was not deemed suitable for an anemone, so a second one with colours chosen by Boy 1 (who has quite garish taste, even compared to me) is now finished.

Fun, relatively quick, and if my previous fringed beaded bead is anything to go on, will be much commented on.

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Recipe

  • Large base bead of your choice – I used a 20mm diameter.  The size 8s plus the fringing make it much bigger – the finished size is more like 40mm diameter.
  • Enough size 8 seeds to cover the base bead – probably around 1-2 g (apologies, forgot to weigh them).
  • At least 4g of size 11 seeds.
  • And around 4g of 3.4mm Miyuki drops or similar.

Method

  • Using circular peyote (I favour a 5 bead start), cover the base bead with an even, firm peyote layer.  This layer will barely be visible, so don’t worry too much about gaps.  Leave holes for later threading onto a neckwire or chain.
  • Then, working from one of the holes, go through a size 8, pick up 3 11s and one drop.  Go back through the 3 11s and then into the ext 8.  Repeat ad nauseum until you have a fringe coming from every 8.  That’s it really.

Tips

  • If you’ve not peyoted onto a base bead before then have a hunt around for a tutorial.  Having tried and failed to do them in the past without a tutorial, a while back I invested in a few different sizes from The Crimson Moon, and having made a few of each size am now comfortable enough with the technique to just go for it.  Sadly Liz isn’t selling her patterns any more, but have a look around Etsy and similar sites and see what you can find – post some recommendations here if you find a good one.   If you can find a tutorial using 8s, even better, as you can use them as a basis for an Anemone beaded – those inevitable gaps and threads in your first few attempts will be hidden by the fringe!
  • As with any fringing, you have to watch the working thread like a hawk to ensure it doesn’t get caught.  Work methodically around the bead, rather than darting around, as as things fill up you will find it hard to spot the gaps and even harder to fill them in without getting in a tangle.

Enjoy!

Materials Packs for Baroque Tape Measure Surround

Just a quick post to let you all know that I’ve put together some materials packs for the Baroque Tape Measure Surround.  Two colourways which I’ve beaded up previously, including the original Bronze & Fuchsia, plus two completely new colourways never yet made, so they will be completely unique.  They are available here on Folksy (Bronze & Fuchsia; Bronze & Capri Blue; Silver, Red & Turquoise, Gold & Scarlet) and here on Etsy.  For choice I’d love it if you used Folksy as they are very nice and I’m really, really upset with Etsy about their behaviour to sellers around the whole EU VAT thing…… more about that another day.

Baroque Tape Measure Surround 2

Now I’ve got a good stock of tape measures and those elusive 2.8mm drops I’m more than happy to put together custom materials packs for you – just drop me a message/comment with a colourway request and I’ll have a beady play.

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Although these are listed for UK sales only, I’m happy to discuss and set up overseas postage – be aware that now I’m back at work I can’t get to the Post Office as easily for overseas posting (for UK posting I’ve carefully planned these as letter post size to avoid that trip), but if we have a chat I can let you know what to expect.