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Cuboctahedral Bouquet


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Eat a good breakfast and make it brain food, because you will need your wits about you - but it's so very worth it! First weave the cuboctahedral base using fire-polished beads in two colours (it helps) and seed beads, add an overlay around the equator, leaving holes at the north and south poles for stringing, and then use right angle weave to make cute little bouquets of fringe and drop beads at each of the twelve vertices. None of these steps is especially difficult (except possibly for the base cuboctahedron), but you do need to be able to navigate your beadwork. The size 11 seed beads see lots of traffic, so don't pick a colour with a small hole, such as colour-lined or permanent finish beads, and do use a thin beading needle. Fireline (4lb) is a good thread for this application too. If you like, pick a second colour of size 11s (you'll need a total of four beads) in a bright colour to accent the overlay. The instructions include my usual step-by-step photos, but students have had difficulty with weaving the base cuboctahedron, so check out the shape on Wikipedia if you're interested, as it may help illustrate what you're aiming for (the edges of the shape correspond to the bead holes/thread). After the base, it's pretty much smooth sailing. This is a substantial pendant with a fairly large hole for stringing. It is not big enough for a herringbone rope using 11s, but it might be big enough if you use 15s. If you choose not to use a beaded chain, I recommend smooth, round stringing material, like silky twisted cording or a snake chain. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cubic right angle weave right angle weave SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS about 2.5" in diameter about 4mm hole

Supplies Needed

  • 6mm fire-polished round beads, two colours, 8 and 16 respectively
  • 4mm fire-polished round beads, 16
  • size 8 seed beads, less than 5g

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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. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!