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Ruffles around peyote pendant

Increase rounds of peyote to produce a beaded bead with a fun and frilly edge!

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This beaded bead can be used in many ways. Strung on wire or a head pin with a loop, you can wear it as a pendant. Or get a little creative with the number of rounds and bead sizes, and you can adapt the instructions to make lively links for a bracelet or a funky pair of earrings.

SUPPLIES

beaded bead 1 3⁄8 x 7⁄8 in. (3.5 x 2.2 cm)  

  • 48 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
Ruffles around peyote pendant green version

Pascal’s pendant (above right) uses 10/0 seed beads for color A, 11/0 Japanese seed beads for color B, and 11/0 Czech seed beads for color C. For the green version (right), I used 10/0 cylinder beads for color A and 11/0 Japanese seed beads for colors B and C.

The purple version (above, on ribbon) uses all 11/0 Japanese seed beads, creating wavy center rounds and tighter ruffles.

The materials list calls for 11/0 seed beads for all the colors, but using the natural size differences between brands helps this beaded bead take shape. The color A 11/0 seed beads should be slightly larger than the color B 11/0 seed beads, so use theJapanese seed beads that have a more cylindrical shape or 10/0 cylinder beads, which are larger than Japanese 11/0 rocaille seed beads. The color B 11/0s should be larger than the color C 11/0s, so use Czech seed beads, which have a slightly thinner profile than Japanese seed beads and have a range of sizes within each hank.

INSTRUCTIONS

On 2 1⁄2 yd. (2.3 m) of Fireline, pick up 12 color A 11/0 seed beads. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through the first A in the ring (FIGURE, a–b). The As in the ring will shift to make up the first two rounds of circular peyote stitch as the third round is added.

Ruffles around peyote pendant pattern

Work subsequent rounds of circular peyote using tight tension as follows: 

Round 3: Work a round of peyote stitch using one A per stitch, for a total of six stitches. Step up through the first A added in this round (b–c). End the tail.
Round 4: Work a round of two-drop peyote stitch using two As per stitch. Step up through the first A added in this round (c–d).
Round 5: Work an increase round of peyote: Pick up an A, and sew through the next A in the same stitch of the previous round. Pick up an A, and sew through the first A in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat to complete the round, increasing the round to 12 stitches. Step up through the first A added in this round (d–e). 
Round 6: Work a round of peyote using one A per stitch. Step up through the first A added in this round (e–f). 
Round 7: Work a round of two-drop peyote using two As per stitch, and step up through the first A added in this round (f–g). 
Round 8: Work an increase round of peyote: Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the second A in the same stitch of the previous round. Pick up a B, and sew through the first A in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat to complete the round, increasing the round to 24 stitches. Step up through the first B added in this round (g–h). The circle of peyote will begin to curl more after each subsequent round.
Round 9: Work a round of two-drop peyote using two Bs per stitch, and step up through the first B added in this round (h–i).
Round 10: Work an increase round of peyote: Pick up a B, and sew through the second B in the same stitch of the previous round. Pick up a B, and sew through the first B in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat to complete the round, increasing the round to 48 stitches. Step up through the first B added in this round (i–j).
Round 11: Work a round of two-drop peyote using two color C 11/0 seed beads per stitch, and step up through the first two Cs added in this round (j–k). 
Round 12: Work a round of peyote using one C per stitch, sewing through both Cs in each stitch of the previous round. Step up through the first C added in this round (k–l).

Pick up a C, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a C, and sew through the next C in the previous round. Repeat to complete the round (l–m). End the working thread.

Ruffles around pendant
DESIGN OPTIONS

To make a pendant: On a head pin, string a 10 mm bicone crystal, the large opening of a bead cap or decorative cone, the beaded bead, and a 6 mm bicone crystal, and make a plain or wrapped loop.

To make a pair of earrings: On a head pin, string one to three accent beads as desired, a beaded bead, and one to three accent beads. Make a plain or wrapped loop. Open the loop of an earring finding, and attach the dangle. Repeat for a second earring.

To make a beaded bead link: Cut 5 in. (13 cm) of 20-gauge wire. Make a plain or wrapped loop on one end. String an 8 mm bicone crystal, a beaded bead, and an 8 mm bicone. Make a plain or wrapped loop on the other end. Connect multiple links with jump rings to make a necklace or bracelet. 

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