Color-coated beaded beads

Disguise a wooden core with a covering of vibrant beads. Whether you make one or a dozen, you’ll love incorporating these beaded beads into your jewelry designs.

Make two beaded bead designs using a right-angle weave technique we call the fringe method. Once you get the hang of it, try different bead types such as triangles and crystals to change each beaded bead’s shape and texture.


both projects 

  • Nymo D conditioned with beeswax
  • beading needles, #12

one striped bead 

  • 10mm round wood bead
  • 32 size 11/0 Japanese seed beads in each of the following colors:
    • blue, color A
    • opaque purple, color B
    • transparent purple, color C
    • white, color D 

one apple blossom bead 

  • 12mm round wood bead
  • 7 3mm Czech fire-polished beads, green
  • 14 size 8/0 Japanese seed beads, light green
  • size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 70 dark pink, color A
    • 28 yellow, color B
    • 21 medium pink, color C
    • 14 blue-green, color E
    • 14 green, color F
    • 42 size 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads, green, color D




Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 1 a
Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 2

1. Using a 1-yd. (.9m) length of conditioned Nymo, leave a 6-in. (15cm) tail, and pick up eight 11/0 seed beads in the following colors: a B, a C, an A, a D, a C, an A, a B, and an A. Sew through the second C again in the same direction (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a D, and sew through the third bead from the previous step (b–c). Pick up a C, and sew through the first bead (c–d). Reinforce the beads with a second thread path.

3. Pick up a B, and repeat the bead sequence from steps 1 and 2 (FIGURE 2).

Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 3

4. Repeat step 3 six times for a total of eight spikes (FIGURE 3, a–b).

5. Pick up a B, and sew through the B on the first spike to form a ring (b–c). Sew through the remaining 16 Bs in the ring, and pull them together so they are snug (c–d).

6. Weave through the first spike, and exit the end B (d–e). Pick up a B, and sew through the end B on the spike on the right (e–f). Keep the beadwork flat, and repeat around the ring, connecting each spike (f–g).

Colorcoated beaded beads Photo A
Colorcoated beaded beads Photo B

7. Place the wood bead in the center of the ring (PHOTO A), and hold it in place with your index finger. Gently pull the thread, and cinch the beadwork up around the wood bead (PHOTO B). Sew through the Bs on the last row again, and exit the B on the first spike.

Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 4
Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 5

8. Sew through the A below, pick up a C, and sew through the D (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up an A, and sew through the C and the B (b–c). To connect the spikes, sew through the beads on the next spike and the beads just added (c–d). Repeat around the bead.

9. Work in tubular peyote, adding a round of Ds to the top of the bead (FIGURE 5, a–b). Then sew through the new round of beads again (b–c).

10. Repeat step 9 on the other end of the bead. Secure the threads with half-hitch knots between a few beads, and trim.

Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 6 b
Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 7

1. Using 1 1⁄2-yd. (1.4m) of conditioned thread, leave a 6-in. (15cm) tail, and pick up a color C 11/0 seed bead, a color A 11/0 seed bead, a color D cylinder bead, a 3mm fire-polished bead, a D, an A, a C, and an A (FIGURE 6, a–b). 

2. Skip the last three beads, and sew back through the cylinders and the 3mm (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew back through the first C in the same direction so it is perpendicular to the two As below (c–d). 

3. Pick up an A, a D, an A, a C, an A, a D, a 3mm, a D, an A, a C, and an A (FIGURE 7, a–b). Repeat step 2 (b–c). 

Colorcoated beaded beads Photo C

4. Repeat step 3 until you have a total of seven spikes. Then pick up an A, a D, and an A (PHOTO C). 

Colorcoated beaded beads Fig 8

5. Sew through the first C and the remaining As, Ds, and Cs along the top edge to form a ring. Tie the tail and working thread together with a square knot (Basics), and sew through the first C again (FIGURE 8, a–b). 

6. Sew through the beads in the first spike, and exit the end C (b–c). Pick up an A, a D, and an A. Sew through the end C on the next spike (c–d). Repeat around the outside of the ring. Then sew through the C on the first spike again and the first A, D, and A (d–e).

For the rest of the instructions for the Apple Blossom Bead, please download the FREE PDF!

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