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My First Attempt - Scrappy Bead!

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Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote taught by Nancy Cain

Shape up your jewelry-making skills and move beyond flat peyote to add sculptural drama to your beadwork with Nancy Cain's expert instruction.

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Carol Mealing on

What materials did you use? I used all sorts of beads from my stash - a mix of seed beads and fire polished crystal.

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I found the embellishing a lot easier than the construction part, probably because I'm familiar with those techniques. The hardest part was stitching in the ditch on the second side of the two central rings. And I used the same scale as Nancy did in the demo because I thought it would be easier to see what I was doing. It was! As a confidence building experiment I think this worked out just fine.

01/15/2014 Flag

Thank you for posting Carolmealing. Sometimes the second side of stitching in the ditch is hard if the first side is too tight. It makes it hard to pull the beads out to get into them. I like what you have done though!

01/15/2014 Flag

I was very worried about my tension being too loose (part of why I couldn't get peyote to work before) so it seems I went too far the other way. I learned that the beads that get zipped together are covered by the crystals, so it doesn't matter much what they are.....I chose a clear bead lined with a really bright pink which really popped against the amethyst tones and it was lost.

01/15/2014 Flag

Hi Carolmealing, yes the underside beads don't necessarily show, but if you used a transparent crystal, then the underside beads do influence the color of the crystal. Even still, the underside beads influence the crystals by giving is a 'backdrop' to sit on. Keep on with the tension... experience is the best teacher for it. Thanks for sharing!

01/17/2014 Flag