Peyote bezels 101

If you want to capture round or shaped stones in beaded bezels, look no further. These instructions will show you how to make perfect peyote stitch bezels every time.
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Figure 1
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Figure 2

SUPPLIES

Each bezel

  • crystal rivoli or shaped stone
  • 1–2 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Round bezels

1.
On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up enough 11/0 cylinder beads to fit around the circumference of a rivoli or stone. See the chart below for the approximate number of cylinders to start with. Center the beads on the thread, and sew through the first cylinder again to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). 

2. Pick up a cylinder, skip the next cylinder in the ring, and sew through the following cylinder (b–c). Continue working in tubular peyote stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first cylinder added (c–d).

3. Work the next two rounds in tubular peyote using 15/0 seed beads (d–e). Keep the tension tight to decrease the size of the ring.

4. Position the rivoli or stone in the bezel cup. Using the other thread, work one round of tubular peyote along the other edge using cylinder beads, and two rounds using 15/0s (FIGURE 2).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

Square rivoli (12 mm)

1.
On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of five cylinders and four 15/0s four times, and sew through the first cylinder again (FIGURE 3, a–b), leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail.  

2. Work two stitches in tubular peyote using cylinders (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, skip the first 15/0 in the ring, and sew through the next two 15/0s (c–d). Work one stitch with a 15/0 (d–e). Repeat these stitches three times to complete the round, and step up to start the next round (e–f).

3. Work a round of tubular peyote, picking up one 15/0 in each stitch, and treating the two 15/0s at each corner as one bead (f–g). 

4. Work a peyote stitch, and sew through the next two 15/0s without picking up a new 15/0 (g–h). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next up-15/0. Continue around, decreasing at the remaining corners the same way (h–i).

5. Place the rivoli in the bezel, and, using the tail thread, sew through the next 15/0 in the first round (FIGURE 4, a–b). 

6. Pick up two 15/0s, skip two 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0. Work three peyote stitches using cylinders (b–c). Repeat around, and step up (c–d). 

7. Work a round of tubular peyote using 15/0s, sewing through the two 15/0s at each corner as if they were a single bead, and step up (d–e). Work a second round of 15/0s to complete the bezel, treating the two-bead stitches as a single bead (e–f).

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Figure 5

Navette stone (32 x 17 mm)

1.
On a comfortable length of thread, pick up 29 cylinders and three 15/0s twice, and sew through the first cylinder again to form a ring, leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail (FIGURE 5, a–b).

2. Work a round of tubular peyote, picking up cylinders where you skip cylinders and 15/0s where you skip 15/0s (b–c).

3. Work a round of peyote picking up a 15/0 for each stitch (c–d). 

4. Work a round of peyote, picking up one 15/0 for each stitch on the long sides (where the cylinders sit). Skip the center bead in each corner, picking up two 15/0s to span the distance, instead of one (d–e).

5. Place the stone in the bezel so the back is nestled in the beads. If the hold is not secure, you may want to add two 15/0s to each corner.

6. Using the tail thread, sew through the next 15/0 (a–aa), and work a round of peyote, picking up a 15/0 in each stitch. Sew through three 15/0s to step up (aa–bb).

7. Work the final round as you did in step 4 (bb–cc).

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Figure 6

Triangular stone (23 mm)

1.
On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of 17 cylinders and five 15/0s three times, leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail. Sew through the first two cylinders again to form a ring (FIGURE 6, a–b).

2. Work seven peyote stitches using cylinders (b–c), pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next two 15/0s (c–d). Pick up a 15/0, skip the next 15/0 in the ring, and sew through the next two 15/0s (d–e). Pick up a 15/0 skip the next cylinder, and sew through the following cylinder (e–f). Repeat around, and step up (f–g).

3. Work a round of tubular peyote, picking up one 15/0 for each stitch (g–h).

4. Work seven peyote stitches, picking up one 15/0 in each stitch, and then sew through the next 15/0 without adding a bead (h–i). Continue around in tubular peyote, decreasing at each corner (i–j). 

5. Fit the stone in the bezel, and, using the tail thread, pick up two 15/0s, sew through the next 15/0, pick up two 15/0s, skip two 15/0s, and sew through the next up-cylinder (a–aa). Work eight peyote stitches using cylinders (aa–bb). Repeat around the stone, then step up (bb–cc). 

6. Work a round of peyote using the same stitch pattern as in step 2: a 15/0, a 15/0, seven cylinders, a 15/0. Repeat around, and step up (cc–dd).

7. Work a round of tubular peyote, picking up one 15/0 in each stitch, and step up (dd–ee).

8. Work a round of tubular peyote using 15/0s and decreasing in each corner, as in step 4 (ee–ff).

Bezeling Rivolis: How many cylinders do I pick up?

It can be challenging to guess how many cylinders to pick up in the initial bezel ring. Two important tips: The initial ring should always have an even number of beads, and it should fit around the widest part of your stone. Though these counts may vary slightly depending upon your beads and stitching tension, this is a good place to start when bezeling.

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