Pip beads and pearl necklace

Use peyote stitch and Pip beads to make this quick and easy necklace

Pip bead flower bracelet

Pair cute, flowery bead caps with pearls to showcase the 2015 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead.

 

Materials

 

Necklace 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm)

  • 1 2015 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead by Andrea Guarino-Slemmons
  • 13 8 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, powder green)
  • 15 4 mm round metal beads
  • 48 5 x 7 mm Pip beads (transparent plum)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 190, nickel plated)
  • 7 in. (18 cm) chain (silver)
  • 4 ft. (1.2 m) 22-gauge craft wire
  • 2 21-gauge 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) head pins
  • 1 6 mm split ring
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 

Instructions

 

Bead caps

Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 1
figure 1
Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 2
figure 2

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, pick up four Pip beads, and sew through the beads again (Figure 1), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Retrace the thread path to tighten.

 

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the next Pip bead (Figure 2, a-b). Repeat this stitch three more times to complete the round, and sew through the first 15/0 (b-c).

Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 3
figure 3
Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 4
figure 4

3. Pick up three 15/0s and sew through the next 15/0 in the previous round to create a picot (Figure 3, a-b). Repeat this stitch three more times to complete the round, and sew through the first two 15/0s added, exiting the center 15/0 in the first picot (b-c).

 

4. Sew through the center 15/0 in each of the four picots (Figure 4) to form a small ring, and retrace the thread path to tighten. The Pip bead caps should cup slightly. End the working thread and tail.

 

5. Make a total of twelve bead caps.

 

Assembly

 

1. On a head pin, string a 4 mm round metal bead, the show bead, and a 4 mm, and make a plain loop.

 

2. Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the loop from the show bead, and complete the wrapped loop. String an 8 mm pearl, and make another wrapped loop to complete a pearl component.

 

3. Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end loop from the pearl component, and complete the wrapped loop. String a 4 mm, a floral bead cap (seed bead end first), an 8 mm pearl, a bead cap (Pip end first), and a 4 mm, and make another wrapped loop to complete a Pip component.

 

4. Repeat steps 2-3 twice, attaching the pearl components to the previous Pip components. Before completing the final wrapped loop, attach a 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) piece of chain to the last Pip component.

 

5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the other neck strap.

 

6. Use a 6 mm split ring to attach a lobster claw clasp to the end link of a chain.

 

7. On a head pin, string an 8 mm pearl and a 4 mm, and make a plain loop. Open the loop, and attach it to the end link of the other neck strap.

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