8. Retrace the thread path through all six braids two or three times, using an increasingly firmer tension each time so the braids wrap smoothly around the bead to make the lollipop shape.
9. Make three or four stitches, moving away from the bead, for about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) (PHOTO I).
10. Tie an overhand knot close to an outer braid, and trim the thread close to the lollipop.
11. Repeat steps 1–10 to create 17 or 18 lollipops. Be creative: Increase the number of braids in step 2 to create thicker stacks, use a variety of different bead shapes, include bead caps or cones, or embellish some of the lollipops with seed beads. If you use a large bead in a lollipop, you will have to increase the number of shaping stitches in steps 3 and 5.