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Learn to make these glorious bundles of beads woven from beads themselves. This is a quick little project that you'll become addicted to quickly. Make a whole neckpiece of them or make a simple pendant of just one.
Whip the pendant up in 20 minutes and put it on a chain or ribbon as an instant special gift. The materials cost is very low but the result looks expensive and intricate.
You will also learn to make an oval and use it in a custom toggle clasp.
This tutorial provides four different projects. It contains 36 pages with 76 step by step full color photos with textual descriptions.
I can make these beads in 15 minutes but I am a slow beader. The pendant takes about 25 minutes.
The materials list is for making the basic bead. The button and the bauble (pendant) just require a couple more beads.
You can use any size of base bead. I have made these in all sizes from 3mm to 8mm. Any bicone shape works well, it doesn't have to be Swarovski. Swarovski is just my personal preference. Round pressed glass also looks great, for example.
You may also want my introductory tutorial which is available FREE here http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/Bracelet/Swarovski-Crystal-Bracelet/22720.
I love sharing jewelry-making techniques!
I write my tutorials assuming that students have no experience. I leave nothing for you to guess about or try to figure out. They contain lots of pages but are filled with full-color step-by-step photos of every detail.
With each tutorial I want you to be able gain a new ability that you can use for a lifetime!