Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Size Matters AKA More Beaded Beads

Last time I showed you, step by step, how to create a beaded bead from a simple peyote rectangle. For the beads created in that little tutorial, I used size 10/o cylinder (delica) beads, mainly because they work so
beautifully for learning peyote.  But I wanted to make sure that you know you aren't limited to those.

As with all other things bead, different sizes, different finishes, different shapes make for quite the difference in results.  This new set of beaded beads was done using round seed beads in 5/o (and you thought there would never be a reason for using those!):


 Don't believe me about size making a difference?  Think again!


The copper and blue beaded beauties would have been lost on the heavy (add-a-bead) neckwire I used on this new set.  These new beads are so substantial that they can even hold their own on a beaded rope. (The rope, by the way, is simple tubular herringbone stitch done in size 11/o seed beads.)


But they are light-weight and versatile enough to play well with silk.



For those of you who love playing with yarn, these larger beaded beads make wonderful additions to knitted tubes (I-cords) that have been "strung" on memory wire (for stability).


Knitted Aqua Choker with Blue-Green Beaded Bead (2328) - An Original Sand Fibers Creation

Knitted Silk and Cotton Choker with Beaded Bead (2326) - An Original OOAK Sand Fibers Creation


Have I convinced you to try your hand at beading one of these yet?  What if I told you that they are the base for things as wondrous as the Blooming Bead?


Be well and get going!
Carol Dean Sharpe

6 comments:

Staci Smith said...

Oh my goodnes......the fiber yarn and beaded beads make me want to make high piched girly noises. Really love the combo!!!! Thanks for the tips. I will have to try it someday just so we can all hace a laugh at what mi e looks like.

Staci Smith said...

Oh my goodnes......the fiber yarn and beaded beads make me want to make high piched girly noises. Really love the combo!!!! Thanks for the tips. I will have to try it someday just so we can all hace a laugh at what mi e looks like.

Sally Anderson said...

YES! I am convinced. Thanks, CD

Kelli said...

Wow! Love the"chunkiness" of those. Beautiful!!

Caron Michelle said...

I love these - beautifully done!

Victoria T said...

Wow, Carol, those are really lovely. I might need to get out some of my larger beads to make some like this.

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