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Panspora Beaded Beads


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These yummy little beaded beads look like some sort of microscopic organisms - perhaps intergalactic alien spores! They are fun and really addictive to make, and work well strung with other beads into a necklace or bracelet, stacked two or three as a pendant, or as earrings. I prefer Czech size 6 seed beads, though if you insist, you can use Japanese, but they don't fit as nicely and are more difficult to work with in this design The Panspora beads I've liked the most have used opaque or matte seed beads with transparent (and iridescent) drop beads. My absolute favourite seed bead finish is the one they call "silk", which you can see in all of the pictures. I don't like the way silver-lined seed beads look (see the gold Panspora bead on the right in the picture with two beads), or opaque drop beads - but that's just my preference! For more petite beaded beads, you could try size 8 (Czech again are better) seed beads with Japanese fringe beads (not small magatamas which are the wrong shape). You can see two of these in the picture with the full-size black Panspora bead. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Right angle weave useful Good needle and thread skills SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS about 5/8" in diameter

Recommended with this pattern

  • Czech size 6 seed beads (24 per beaded bead)
  • Czech 4x6mm teardrop beads (12 per beaded bead)
  • Your favourite beading needle

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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!