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Winding ribbons

Seed beads and faux pearls make a feminine jewelry set using two easy techniques. 
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SUPPLIES

all projects
nylon beading thread, size D
thread conditioner
beading needles #12

necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 128 4 mm glass pearls
  • 12 g 11/0 seed beads clasp
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 54 4 mm glass pearls
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

earrings

  • 4 4 mm glass pearls
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

ring

  • 4 4 mm glass pearls
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads



INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace or bracelet

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Figure 1
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Figure 2

1. On a comfortable length of conditioned thread, pick up 10 11/0 seed beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first six 11/0s (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a 4 mm glass pearl, two 11/0s, and a 4 mm, sew through the last two 11/0s your thread exited in the previous step, and continue through the next 4 mm and two 11/0s (b–c). Repeat (c–d) until the beadwork is ½–1 in. (1.3–2.5 cm) short of the desired length. End and add thread as needed. 

3. To make a loop at the end of the beadwork, pick up eight 11/0s, and sew through the two 11/0s at the end of the previous stitch. Retrace the thread path a few times, and exit one of the two 11/0s between the loop and the last pair of 4 mms (FIGURE 2, point a).

4. To make an arch, pick up seven 11/0s, and sew through the next pair of 11/0s in the band (a–b). Repeat (b–c) for the length of the band.

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FIGURE 3

5. At the starting end of the band, sew through the loop made in step 1 (FIGURE 3, a–b), and then zigzag through the next 4 mm, two 11/0s, 4 mm, and the first four 11/0s of the next arch (b–c). To add a picot to the arch, pick up three 11/0s, sew through the 11/0 your thread just exited, and continue through the next nine 11/0s (c–d). Repeat (d–e) for the length of the band. End the threads.

6. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach one end loop and one half of the clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat at the other end of the band.

 

Earrings

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Figure 4
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Figure 5

1. On a comfortable length of conditioned thread, pick up two 11/0 seed beads, a 4 mm glass pearl, two 11/0s, and a 4 mm. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first five beads again (FIGURE 4).

2. To add an arch, pick up seven 11/0s, and sew through the opposite two 11/0s (FIGURE 5, a–b). Repeat to add another arch (b–c).

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Figure 6
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Figure 7

3. To add a picot, pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the 11/0 your thread just exited and the next two 11/0s (FIGURE 6, a–b). Repeat five times, and sew through one more 11/0 (b–c).

4. Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the 11/0 your thread just exited and the first two 11/0s just picked up (c–d).

5. Pick up six 11/0s, sew through the 11/0 your thread just exited, and continue through the next five 11/0s (FIGURE 7, a–b). Make one more picot (b–c), and end the thread.

6Open the loop of an earring finding, attach the loop at the top of the earring, and close the loop.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to make a second earring.


Ring

1. 
On a comfortable length of conditioned thread , pick up two 11/0 seed beads, a 4 mm glass pearl, two 11/0s, and a 4 mm. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie the beads into a ring with a  square knot, and sew through the first five beads again. Pick up a 4 mm, two 11/0s, and a 4 mm, and sew through the two 11/0s your thread just exited.

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Figure 8
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Figure 9

2. Pick up seven 11/0s, and sew through two end 11/0s (FIGURE 8, a–b). Pick up seven 11/0s, sew through the two 11/0s your thread exited at the start of this step, and continue through the next two 11/0s (b–c).

3. Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the other two end 11/0s (c–d). Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the six 11/0s between the pairs of 4 mms and the next eight 11/0s (d–e).

4. To make the ring band, pick up four 11/0s, and sew through the four 11/0s your thread just exited and the four new 11/0s (FIGURE 9, a–b). Repeat (b–c) until the band is long enough to fit around your finger.

5. Sew through the four middle 11/0s on the other end of the beadwork to form the band into a ring. Retrace the thread path to secure the connection, and end the thread.

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