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Orange blossom necklace

These tubular peyote blossoms are bursting with a variety of seed beads, fringe beads, and larger drops

This high-energynecklace uses texture as a design element and makes peyote tubes more interesting. No increasing or decreasing is needed to make these shapely beaded beads -- just alter the size and shape of the beads to create bubbly tubes!

SUPPLIES

Necklace 22 1⁄2 in. (57.2 cm) with 8 beaded beads

  • 27 6mm round and rondelle beads in assorted colors
  • 40 4 x 6mm Czech glass teardrops
  • 3–4 g 3.4mm drops in each of 3 colors 20 3 mm fire-polished beads
  • 10–15 5/0 triangle seed beads
  • 2–3 g 6/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors
  • 3–4 g 8/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors
  • 3–4 g 11/0 Czech seed beads in each of 4 colors: A, B, C, and D
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  • 7 in. (18 cm) chain
  • 2 6mm split rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers (optional)
  • flexible beading wire, .018
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11
  • crimping pliers
  • split-ring pliers (optional)
  • wire cutters

 

Bead #1 colors:

  • 4 x 6 mm glass teardrops (Czech, olive jade Picasso) 
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 1207, marbled opaque turquoise/blue; Miyuki 4203, Duracoat galvanized yellow gold) 
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine)

Bead #2 colors:

  • 3 x 4 mm drops (Miyuki 421C, rich cream) 
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine) 

Bead #3 colors:

  • 4 x 6 mm glass teardrops (Czech, olive jade Picasso) 
  • 3 mm round fire-polished beads (Czech, orange) 
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine)

Bead #4 colors:

  • 4 x 6 mm glass teardrops (Czech, opaque white Picasso)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 1207, marbled opaque turquoise/blue)
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine)

Bead #5 colors:

  • 3.4 mm drops (Miyuki 140FR, matte transparent red-orange AB)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki 138FR, transparent orange AB)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 1207, marbled opaque turquoise/blue)
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine)

Bead #6 colors:

  • 3.4 mm drops (Miyuki 42L, topaz amethyst lined)
  • 3 mm round fire-polished beads (Czech, orange AB)
  • 5/0 triangle seed beads (amber/purple)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki 5956, frosted AB transparent emerald green)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 1207, marbled opaque turquoise/blue; Miyuki 4203, Duracoat galvanized yellow gold; Miyuki 457, metallic dark bronze)
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper), B (opaque rust), C (tangerine), D (terra cotta Picasso)

Bead #7 colors:

  • 5/0 triangle seed beads (amber/purple)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki 5956, frosted AB transparent emerald green)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457, metallic dark bronze)
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads: A (copper)

INSTRUCTIONS

Beads 1–7 include a variety of accent beads capped by rounds of 11/0 seed beads in colors A, B, C, and D.

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Bead #1

1. On 2 ft. (61 cm) of Fireline, pick up 10 As, and tie them into a ring with a square knot (How-Tos), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. These beads will shift to form the first two rounds as round 3 is added. 

2. Round 3: Working in tubular peyote stitch (How-Tos), work a round of As, stepping up through the first A picked up in this round.

3. Continue working in tubular peyote stitch, stepping up after completing each round:
Rounds 4–6: Work three rounds using Bs.Rounds 7–8: Work two rounds using Cs. 
Rounds 9–10: Work three rounds using 8/0 seed beads.
Rounds 11–12: Work two rounds using 4 x 6 mm Czech glass teardrops.

4. Starting with round 10, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

5. Make another Bead #1.

Bead #2

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1.” 

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: Rounds 4–6: Work three rounds using Bs. 
Rounds 7–9: Work three rounds using Cs.
Rounds 10–11: Work two rounds using 3.4 mm drops. 

3. Starting with round 9, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Bead #3

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1” using Bs instead of As. 

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: 
Rounds 4–5: Work two rounds using Cs.
Round 6: Work one round using As.
Round 7: Work one round using 3 mm fire-polished beads.
Rounds 8–9: Work two rounds using 4 x 6 mm Czech glass teardrops.

3. Starting with round 7, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Bead #4

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1.”

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: 
Round 4: Work one round using As.
Rounds 5–6: Work two rounds using Cs.
Rounds 7–8: Work two rounds using Bs. 
Round 9: Work one round using As.
Round 10: Work one round using 8/0 seed beads.
Round 11: Work one round using 4 x 6 mm Czech glass teardrops.
Rounds 12–13: Work two rounds using 8/0s.

3. Starting with round 11, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Bead #5

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1.”

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: 
Round 4: Work one round using As.
Rounds 5–6: Work two rounds using Bs.  
Rounds 7–8: Work two rounds using 8/0 seed beads. 
Rounds 9–11: Work three rounds using 6/0 seed beads. 
Rounds 12–13: Work two rounds using 8/0s. 
Rounds 14–16: Work three rounds using Cs.
Rounds 17–18: Work two rounds using 3.4 mm drops.

3. Starting with round 16, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Bead #6

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1,” using Ds instead of As.

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: 
Rounds 4–5: Work two rounds using As. 
Round 6: Work one round using 8/0 seed beads. 
Round 7: Work one round using 3 mm fire-polished beads. 
Rounds 8–9: Work two rounds using 8/0s. 
Rounds 10–11: Work two rounds using 3.4 mm drops.
Rounds 12–13: Work two rounds using 8/0s.
Rounds 14–16: Work three rounds using Ds. 
Round 17: Work one round using Bs.
Rounds 18–19: Work two rounds using Ds.
Rounds 20–21: Work two rounds using 8/0s.
Round 22: Work one round using 6/0 seed beads.
Round 23: Work one round using 5/0 triangle seed beads.

3. Starting with round 22, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Bead #7

1. Work steps 1 and 2 of “Bead #1.” 

2. Work the remaining rounds in tubular peyote as follows: 
Rounds 4–5: Work two rounds using 8/0 seed beads.
Round 6: Work one round using 6/0 seed beads.
Round 7: Work one round using 5/0 triangle seed beads. 

3. Starting with round 6, repeat the rounds in reverse order to create a mirror image of the first half of the bead. End the working thread and tail.

Necklace

1. Cut a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of beading wire and two 31⁄2-in. (8.9 cm) pieces of chain.

2. On one end of the beading wire, string a crimp bead and an end link of a chain. Go back through the crimp bead, and tighten the wire around the chain, leaving a short tail. Crimp the crimp bead. Close a crimp cover over the crimp if desired.

3. String three 6 mm beads and a beaded bead, sliding them over the short tail. Repeat this step to string all the beaded beads in the desired pattern, adding three 6 mm beads between them. End with three 6 mms. 

4. Repeat step 2 on the other end of the wire, and trim the excess wire.

5. Use a 6 mm split ring to attach half of the clasp to the available end link of a chain. Repeat this step on the other end of the necklace.

Tip!
  • This project is a great stash-buster since you don’t need very many beads in any one style. Choose beads in a complementary colorway to make a matching bracelet and earrings. 
  • The colors, sizes, and shapes of beads listed in this project can serve as a guide. Experiment with the beads in your stash to create your own interesting beaded beads.
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