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Beads, Buttons & Baubles

from Pam Preslar
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Beads, Buttons & Baubles
Beads, Buttons & Baubles

Pattern Description:

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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.


  • 12 - 6mm or 4mm bicone Swarovski Crystals
  • 8 - size 11 seed beads (optional)
  • Fireline or Nymo size D thread in appropriate color
  • Many bead options discussed in the tutorial

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 10 or 12 beading needles
  • Fine scissors or other thread cutting tool
  • A bead mat or anything to keep your beads from rolling away while you work

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