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Ring tones embroidered ring

Stitch a handful of rings in a variety of styles using bead embroidery and the beads in your stash

These deep-bezel ring blanks, typically used for resin, make perfect frames for bead embroidery. Choose one with a round or oval opening, and incorporate small cabs, seed beads, or even cup chain!

SUPPLIES FOR ALL RINGS 

  • beading foundation, such as prestiffened felt or Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • adhesive, such as Gorilla Glue or E6000
  • nylon beading thread, such as One G or SoNo
  • beading needles, #12

PREPARING THE FOUNDATION

Some ring blanks have a deeper bezel than others, so the number of pieces of beading foundation required to make the embroidery level with the edge of the bezel may vary from two to three layers. If your ring has a shallow well, like the green-and-orange ring, you will need only two layers of foundation, while the other two rings require three layers.

1. Turn your ring blank upside down onto a piece of beading foundation, and trace around the bezel. Cut out the shape, and trim the foundation to fit snugly inside the bezel. Depending on the depth of the bezel on your ring, repeat this step once or twice.

2. Follow the steps below for the ring top of your choice, or create your own design. Then go on to ASSEMBLY, below.


Red and turquoise beaded ring
RED AND TURQUOISE RING

SUPPLIES

  • 24 mm round deep-well adjustable ring (www.captured moments.etsy.com or many other vendors)
  • 14 4 mm round gemstone beads (turquoise)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 408, bright red opaque)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mark the center of one of the pieces of foundation. Tie an overhand knot at one end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and sew through the foundation from back to front through the center mark.

2. Pick up a 4 mm round bead, and sew down through the foundation from front to back so the 4 mm is in the center of the foundation. Retrace the thread path several times to secure the 4 mm to the foundation.

3. Using 15/0 seed beads, work in beaded backstitch around the 4 mm to create the first round.

4. Using 15/0s, work two rounds of beaded backstitch close to the previous round.

5. Using 4 mms, work a round of beaded backstitch close to the previous round of 15/0s.

6. Continue in beaded backstitch with 15/0s until you reach the edge of the foundation. Sew through the foundation from front to back, but do not end the thread.


Turquoise and copper oval beaded ring
TURQUOISE AND COPPER OVAL RING

SUPPLIES

  • 20 x 30 mm oval deep-well adjustable ring (www.captured moments.etsy.com)
  • 8 x 10 mm turquoise cabochon
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors (www.beyond beadery.com)
    • A (Miyuki 460F, dark copper metallic luster)
    • B (Miyuki 412F, turquoise blue opaque)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of an 8 x 10 mm cabochon, and place it in the center of one of the pieces of foundation. Allow it to dry completely. 

2. Tie an overhand knot at one end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and sew through the foundation from back to front, exiting close to the cabochon. Using color A 15/0 seed beads, work in beaded backstitch around the cabochon to create the first round, ending with an even number of beads.

3. With the thread exiting an A, pick up an A, skip two As in the previous round, and sew through the next A. Repeat this stitch to complete the round. These beads will sit on top of the previous round and come up the side of the cabochon. Sew through the beadwork to exit next to the beads added in the previous step.

4. Using color B 15/0 seed beads, work two rounds of beaded backstitch. 

5. Using an alternating pattern of an A and a B, continue to work arcs of beaded backstitch until you reach the edge of the foundation. Sew through the foundation from front to back, but do not end the thread.


Green and orange beaded ring
GREEN AND ORANGE RING

SUPPLIES

  • 24 mm round deep-well adjustable ring
  • 8 mm round glass bead (purple)
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) 3 mm brass cup chain (orange coral; www.lasvegasrhinestone.com)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 47D, bright green opaque; www.knotjustbeads.com)
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of an 8 mm round bead, and place it in the center of one of the pieces of foundation. Allow it to dry completely.

2. Wrap a length of 3 mm cup chain around the 8 mm, and mark where the two ends meet. Cut the cup chain with wire cutters at that point.

3. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the cup chain, and place it around the center 8 mm. Press it down firmly to the foundation, and allow it to dry completely.

4.Tie an overhand knot at one end of 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread, and sew through the foundation from back to front, exiting along the outer edge of the cup chain. 

5. Using 15/0 seed beads, work three rounds of beaded backstitch. Sew through the foundation from front to back, but do not end the thread.


ASSEMBLY

1. Stack the unembellished pieces of foundation one on top of the other, and then place the beadwork on top of the stack. 

2. Stitch together all the pieces of foundation using small stitches. Tie a couple of square knots on the back of the bottom piece of foundation, and trim the thread.

3. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the bottom and sides of the bezel, and place the stack in the bezel. Allow the glue to dry completely.

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