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Sunburst button necklace

Use a beautiful button as the focal piece of a bead-embroidered pendant, and display it on an intriguing picot stitch rope

SUPPLIES

Pendant 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4 cm)

  • 1 22 mm button (Czech glass)
  • 19–21 6 mm Miyuki Tila beads (matte turquoise)
  • 4 g 11/0 seed beads, color A (Miyuki 1052, galvanized gold)
  • 2 g 8/0 hex beads (Toho 23B, silver-lined dark aqua)
  • 2 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 42599, Duracoat galvanized sea foam)
  • beading foundation
  • Ultrasuede
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #10 or #11

Beaded rope 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 5 g color A (Miyuki 1052, galvanized gold)
    • 15 g color B (Toho 55, opaque turquoise)
  • 2 metal cones with 10 mm opening (gold)
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) chain, medium links
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 6 in. (15 cm) wire, 20–22-gauge
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, bentnose, and/or flatnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Sunburst button necklace fig 1
Figure 1

Embroidery

1. Apply a thin coat of E6000 to the back of a 22 mm button, and center it on a 2-in. (5 cm) square of beading foundation. If needed, cut a small slit in the center of the foundation for the shank of the button. Allow the glue to dry. You may want to color the foundation with marker or colored pencil so the foundation blends better with the Tila beads you are going to use later in the project.

2. Tie a thick overhand knot at the end of 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread. Sew up through the foundation, exiting near the outer edge of the button.

3. Using color A 11/0 seed beads, work a round of beaded backstitch next to the button. If possible, end with the number of As being a multiple of three. Sew through the first A in the round, down and back up through the foundation, and through all the As in the round, pulling tightly to snug up the beads.

Sunburst button necklace fig 2
Figure 2

Tila spokes

1. Exiting any A in the ring, pick up a Tila bead and an A. Sew back through the same hole of the Tila and the next two As in the ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Sew through the open hole of the Tila, pick up an A, and sew back through the same hole of the Tila and the next A in the ring (b–c). Repeat these stitches (c–d) to add evenly-spaced Tilas around the ring. If your initial ring didn’t end in a multiple of three beads, you will need to skip an extra 11/0 once or twice. Sew through the first Tila and A (FIGURE 2, a–b).

2. Pick up an 8/0 seed bead, and sew through the next A at the end of the same Tila (b–c). 

3. Pick up an A, sew through the A at the end of the next Tila, pick up an 8/0, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step and the following two 11/0s (c–d).

4. Repeat steps 2–3 (d–e) around the ring. Don’t pull too tightly — the Tilas should lie flat against the foundation.

Sunburst button necklace fig 3
Figure 3

Top embellishment

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the next A between two Tilas. 

2. Pick up three As, sew through the same A your thread just exited to form a picot, and continue through the following A and 8/0 (FIGURE 3, a–b). Tack this 8/0 in place by sewing down through the foundation and up through the foundation on the other side of the bead (b–c). Sew through the 8/0 again, and continue through the next two As (c–d).

3. Repeat step 2 around the ring.

Sunburst button necklace fig 4
Figure 4

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit the middle A added in the first picot in the previous round (FIGURE 4, point a). Pick up an 8/0 hex-cut bead, and sew through the corresponding A in the original ring between the two adjacent Tilas (a–b). Sew back through the hex-cut bead, and sew through the beadwork to exit the middle A of the next picot (b–c). Repeat around the ring. After adding the last hex-cut bead, sew through the beadwork to exit an 8/0 between two Tilas (FIGURE 5, point a).

 

Sunburst button necklace fig 5
Figure 5

Bail

1. Pick up three As, and sew through the next 8/0 between two Tilas (a–b). Pick up four As, and sew through the next 8/0 between two Tilas (b–c).

2. Using As, work five stitches in flat, even-count peyote stitch, sewing through the As and 8/0s in the previous row as shown (c–d). Using As, continue in peyote stitch, working five stitches per row, until you have a strip that is about 30 rows long.

3. Curve the strip toward the back of the pendant, and zip up the end row with the starting row of the bail. Retrace the thread path through the connection, and end the thread.

Backing

1. Trim the foundation close to the outer round of stitching. Glue the Ultrasuede to the foundation, and allow it to dry. Trim the Ultrasuede to 1⁄16 in. (2 mm) from the edge of the foundation.

Sunburst button necklace fig 6
Figure 6

2. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and sew through the Ultrasuede from front to back, hiding the knot between the foundation and the Ultrasuede (FIGURE 6, a–b).

3. Sew through the adjacent 8/0, guiding the thread around the outer edge of the Ultrasuede, and then sew through the Ultrasuede on the other side of the 8/0, sewing from front to back (b–c). Repeat this stitch around the pendant, sewing through each 8/0. Keep your stitches small and uniform. The Ultrasuede will curl around the foundation and tuck under the edge of the beadwork for a perfect finish. When complete, sew into the beadwork, and end the thread.

Sunburst button necklace fig 7
Figure 7
Sunburst button necklace fig 8
Figure 8

Picot stitch rope

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a color B 11/0 seed bead as a stop bead. This bead will be incorporated into the rope.

2. Pick up four Bs, an A, and a B. Sew through the third B again to form a picot (FIGURE 7). Repeat this step twice (FIGURE 8, a–b).

3. Pick up two Bs, and sew through the stop bead to form a ring (b–c). 

4. Pick up three Bs, an A, and a B, and sew through the second B just added to form a picot (c–d). Pick up a B, and sew through the A in the next picot (d–e). 

5. Work as in step 4 (e–f) until the rope is the desired length. The beadwork will begin to resemble a tube in round 3.

6. Once the rope is the desired length, retrace the thread path at each end of the rope, and end the threads.

Sunburst button necklace clasp

Finishing

1. String the pendant onto the rope.

2. Cut 3 in. (7.6 cm) of 20- or 22-gauge wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop at one end.

3. Feed two seed bead loops at one end of the rope into the unfinished wrapped loop, and complete the wraps.

4. String a cone onto the wire and over the end of the rope, and make the first half of another wrapped loop.

5. Slide the end of a 3-in. (7.6 cm) chain into the loop, and complete the wraps.

6. Repeat steps 2–5 at the other end of the rope, but substitute a lobster claw clasp for the chain.

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