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Right Angle Bead Weaving

Right Angle Bead Weaving

 

One of my favorite beading techniques is bead weaving, specifically right angle weaving. It’s very versatile depending on the types and sizes of beads used.

Today I’m making a Lapis Lazli Celtic knot bracelet.. I’m using round Lapis stones, silver tone Celtic knot beads and seed beads.

Supplies needed:

-approximately 1 yard of 8 lb test mono-filament

-2 crimp beads

-spring ring clasp

-2 jump rings

-approximately 80 seed beads (for 7 inch bracelet)

-approximately 18, ¼ inch decorative beads

-approximately 36-38 accent beads

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Tools needed:

-flat nose or crimp pliers

-scissors

-ruler

  1. Attach a jump ring to the spring ring clasp; set aside. Cut mono-filament in half and add a crimp bead to one end of both strands. Loop both strands through the jump ring-clasp assembly then back through the crimp bead as shown and pinch shut. Now you are ready to start weaving
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  3. String 3 seed beads on each mono-filament, making sure to catch the short ends just past the crimp bead. Next take 1 decorative bead & string each strand of mono-filament through each end (see diagram) and pull taut.
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  5. Add 1 seed bead, one accent bead and another seed bead to each strand of mono-filament. 
  6. Repeat steps 3 (minus the first 3 beads) and 4 until you have 6 ¾ inches of bracelet woven. Remembering to pull taut after each decorative bead is added. 
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  8. To finish the bracelet, string 3 seed beads on each strand. Attach crimp bead to both strands, then jump ring and loop through. Pull taut and pinch crimp bead. Tuck small tails into the seed beads. Your bracelet is now ready to wear! 

Beaded ornament hook tutorial

Today’s post is my first ever tutorial. My pictures aren’t as crisp as I’d like, but I think you can figure out what I’m showing.

Fancy ornament hooks come in a few different styles but today I will be focusing on beaded hooks. These are great for those special ornaments you may want to highlight on your tree. They’re so much nicer looking than those ugly hooks you buy in the stores- 100 for $1.00 or something like that.

Supplies needed:

16 gauge wire (I used gold tone since that’s what I had on hand)

ruler

jeweler’s round nose pliers

wire cutters

pencil

mandolin (or use a marker like I did)

few matching or coordinating beads (I used beads left over from other projects)

 

 

First, measure & cut off 4 inches of wire (it doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, just straightened out by hand is good enough)

 

Next, wrap wire almost completely around your pencil so you have something that looks like a shepherd’s crook & slide it off

 

Then, bend the short end up on itself with the round nose pliers

 

Take the long end & bend it at a 90 degree angle away from the opening of your hook & add 2 or 3 beads, depending on the size you choose

 

Once all your beads are on, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle towards your open hook

 

Next, take your mandolin (or marker) & wrap the remaining wire around & slide it off

 

Right now the wire looks a little funny. You will need to trim just a couple millimeters off the end. Then grab your round nose pliers once again & curl the very end of your wire inside the loop until it looks like this: You may need to play with it a little to get it to look just right.

 

Sorry my photos aren’t the greatest; I’m not much of a photographer but I think you get the idea.  Have fun & bling out your Christmas tree or give them as a gift!