Watch plate focal piece
1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of a comfortable length of thread, and sew up through the beading foundation right next to the watch plate. Working in beaded backstitch, pick up two color A 8/0 seed beads, align them next to the watch plate, and sew down through the foundation. Come up through the foundation between the A 8/0s, and sew through the second A 8/0 added. Continue around the watch plate in two-bead beaded backstitch until it is surrounded. End and add thread as needed.
2. Using 11/0 seed beads, work another round of beaded backstitch next to the round of 8/0s, but at the top of the watch plate, sew on an accent bead, pearl, or crystal.
3. Sew up between the 8/0s and the watch plate. Using color B 15/0 seed beads, work a round of beaded backstitch between the 8/0s and the watch plate. Do not pull the thread tight — you want the 15/0s to rest on top of the crevice between the 8/0s and the watch plate (PHOTO A).
4. Determine where you want to attach a Lucite flower, and sew up through the foundation and the corresponding hole in the watch plate. Pick up a 19 mm metal flower stamping, an 18 mm Lucite flower, and a 4 mm pearl, and sew back through the flowers, the watch plate, and the foundation. Retrace the thread path at least twice for security.
5. Use E6000 to glue one or more 6–9 mm cabochons to the watch plate (PHOTO B). Allow to dry.
6. Using the remaining holes in the watch plate, attach beads, charms, and ephemera as desired. Sew beads and small Lucite flowers on as in step 4. If you want to add watch gears, fill holes in the watch plate with glue, and insert the gear stems (PHOTO C).