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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Circles

Pattern Description:

I don't know if it's a self-selecting group, but every time I teach this class, it seems that the participants really get a kick out of it. The circles and colour-play are quite addictive!

The instructions show you how to make flat peyote circles using mostly size 8 seeds (use size 6 around the edges), and then join them together to make a few bracelets or a choker-length necklace. You also get to make a matching button for a seamless closure.This project is excellent for developing both an awareness of your thread tension (too tight and the circles won't lie quite flat; too loose and they'll look gappy), and in my opinion it's a great selling point for Czech seed beads, which so many people disregard as uneven - but in this instance they're ideal, as you can select the appropriate bead size for the task: small beads are good for the increase points, while bigger beads are better for the round just before the increase round.

It's a versatile technique, as you can see from the blue set (instructions for the centrepiece are not included), and you can't use too many colours (I'd recommend at least five or six but go up to forty or more).

It's ideal for people who tend to bead in short bursts of time, as each circle doesn't take long to make.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Each circle is about 1.25" across
  • Necklace or bracelet made to fit


  • Czech and/or Japanese size 8 seed beads in a variety of colours
  • Size 6 seed beads
  • Your favourite beading thread
  • Size 10 needle

You Will Also Need:

  • scissors
  • beading surface
  • good lighting