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Star shape beaded accessories

Use this charming star component four different ways to create eye-catching accessories.
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Stars are a favorite motif in jewelry designs of the Victorian era.
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Use a contrasting color for the center ring of beads to emphasize the floral look of the component.

The stars will be out anytime you wear these little beauties. 

SUPPLIES

all projects

  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

pair of earrings

  • 36 4 mm fire-polished beads
  • 2 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads
  • pair of earring findings

bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 24 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 3 g 15/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • 2 pairs of pliers

pendant 11⁄2 in. (3.8 cm)

  • 6 6 mm gemstone beads
  • 6 6/0 seed beads
  • 1 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 6 mm brass bead cage

ring

  • 6 4 mm pearls
  • 1 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads

INSTRUCTIONS

Small star component

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of Fireline, pick up six 11/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first 11/0.

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the next 11/0 in the ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat around the ring, and step up through the first 15/0 added in this round (b–c).

3. Pick up two 15/0s, a 2 x 4 mm peanut bead, and two 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the previous round (c–d). Repeat to complete the round, and step up through the first two 15/0s and peanut bead added in this round (d–e). 

4. Retrace the thread path, and tie a couple of half-hitch knots, but do not trim the working thread or tail. 

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Figure 1
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Editor's Note: Substitute 4 mm pearls, bicone crystals, or gemstone beads instead of fire-polished beads. 
Large star component

1. On 30 in. (76 cm) of Fireline, follow steps 1–3 of “Small star component.”

2. Pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead, and sew through the next peanut bead in the previous round (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat to complete the round, exiting the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c).

3. Pick up three 15/0s, a peanut bead, and three 15/0s, and sew through the next peanut bead in the previous round (c–d). Repeat to complete the round, and step up through the first three 15/0s and peanut bead added in this round (d–e).

4. Retrace the thread path, and tie a couple of half-hitch knots, but do not trim the working thread or tail.

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Figure 2
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Editor's Note: Peanut beads may also be called butterfly beads or dogbones.
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Figure 3
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Earrings 

1. Make a total of six large star components.

2. With the working thread exiting a peanut bead in the outer round of one component, pick up a peanut bead, sew through the corresponding peanut bead on another component (FIGURE 3, a–b), pick up a peanut bead, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Retrace the thread path several times, and end the working thread and tail.

3. Repeat step 2 to join the second component to a third component, being sure to make this connection opposite the first one.

4. Using the working thread of the third component, sew through the beadwork to exit a peanut bead opposite the joining peanut beads (point d). Pick up a peanut bead, an 11/0, the loop of an earring finding, an 11/0, and a peanut bead, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step (d–e). Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread and tail.

5. Make a second earring.

Bracelet

1. Make a total of four large star components using 4 mm bicone crystals instead of 4 mm fire-polished beads.

2. Make a total of five small star components.

3. Arrange the star components on your work surface, alternating between a large star and a small star, with a small star on each end. With the working thread exiting a peanut bead in the outer  round of an end component, pick up a peanut bead, sew through the corresponding peanut bead on another component, pick up a peanut bead, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step.  Retrace the thread pathRepeat to join the remaining components. End all threads except the tail on each end component.

4. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach half of the clasp. Repeat with another 4 mm jump ring and the other half of the clasp.

5. With the tail of an end component, sew through the beadwork to exit a peanut bead opposite the joining peanut beads. Pick up a peanut bead, an 11/0, a 4 mm jump ring, an 11/0, and a peanut bead, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

6. Repeat step 5 at the other end of the bracelet.

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Pendant

1. Make a large star component using 6/0 seed beads in place of the 11/0s, 6 mm gemstone beads instead of the 4 mm fire-polished beads, and 11/0 seed beads in place of the 15/0s. The peanut beads remain the same. In step 3, increase to four 11/0s between the peanut beads.

2. With the thread exiting a peanut bead, pick up two 11/0s, and sew through one hole in the bead cage. Pick up an 11/0, and sew back through the bead cage. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread and tail.

Ring

1. Make a large star component substituting 4 mm pearls for the 4 mm fire-polished beads in step 2.

2. With the working thread exiting a peanut bead in the outer round of the component, pick up three peanut beads, and sew through the peanut bead your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue working in flat right-angle weave by adding three peanut beads for each stitch until you have a strip of right-angle weave long enough to fit around your finger.

3. To join the strip to the other side of the component, pick up a peanut bead, and sew through the corresponding peanut bead on the opposite side of the component. Pick up a peanut bead, and sew through the peanut bead  your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread and tail.

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