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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things.

I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. ...

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Ball Slider

from More Than Somewhat
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Ball Slider
Ball Slider
Ball Slider
Ball Slider
Ball Slider

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • peyote stitch

Pattern Description:

This is a fun and super-quick little beaded bead that fits on a 4-bead/2-stitch herringbone rope using size 11 seed beads, or a cubic right angle rope.

Unlike some of my other patterns, there's nothing tricky or complicated about this one, and since it uses such small amounts, it's a great way of using up those pesky left-overs!

You should have some bead-weaving experience, and your biggest challenge (and it's not exactly huge) will be keeping your thread tension quite tight, and making sure it's the same across the whole bead (it starts in the middle and each hemisphere is worked separately from the equator to the poles).

The last picture shows the Ball Slider with the Wheel Slider (pattern sold separately) which work well as a set.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • hole about 4mm
  • about 1/2" tall
  • about 3/4" wide


  • 4mm fire-polished beads, colour A, 6 beads
  • 4mm fire-polished beads, colour B, 12 beads
  • Japanese size 11 seed beads, colour A, less than 1g
  • Japanese size 11 seed beads, colour B, less than 1g
  • Beading needle
  • Beading thread

You Will Also Need:

  • scissors
  • beading surface
  • good lighting
  • thread conditioner (optional)