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Aug. 25th, 2008 @ 10:24 am [Tutorial] Crystal Doll #1
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Tutorial : Crystal Doll #1
Level : Basic to intermediate


I know they're very cute. Haha. This doll is a great start for those who want to try beading a crystal doll. It needs few crystal and is not difficult to make.



This tutorial is quite a long one with heavy pictures, sorry.







The pattern is taken from Bead De Bead #8. I love Bead De Bead. They got many lovely designs and the patterns are very clear and easy to understand.



Equipment :
- Swarovski Bicone Crystal 4 mm. Jonquil or Aquamarine : 24 pieces.
- Swarovski Bicone Crystal 4 mm. Crystal or Light Azore : 5 pieces.
- Swarovski Bicone Crystal 4 mm. Topaz : 1 pieces.
- Swarovski Bicone Crystal 3 mm. Jonquil or Aquamarine : 7 pieces.
- Pearl 4 mm. : Black : 2 pieces.
- Acrylic round bead 8 mm. : Clear : 1 pieces. (It should be in clear color but I don't have it in stock so I used Lt. blue glass pearl bead.)
- Seed bead
- Nylon Thread No. 20

Tip :
- If you're confuse, just turn the doll as in the picture. You'll see where you have to put the thread.
- Follow the pattern. I highlight the crystals and paths of the thread.
- Making a doll requires putting the thread back into the same crystals, you should use small thread.
- Actually, the body of the doll is similar to a ball. That is to string crystals into many level of circles.

#1



Cut the nylon thread around 110 cm. String four crystals and join both ends at a crystal (red arrow).

#2



Pick up the right string and add three crystals. Join both strings at a crystal (red arrow).

#3



Put the left string inside the nearby crystal from the first ring (red arrow).

#4



The outside string adds two crystals. Join both strings at a black pearl (red arrow).

#5



Put the inside thread into a nearby crystal (red arrow).

#6



Now, add yellow crystal and clear crystal. Join both lines at a topaz crystal (red arrow).

#7



Put the inside thread into a nearby crystal (red arrow).

#8



The outside thread adds clear crystal and yellow crystal. Join both lines at a black pearl (red arrow).

#9



Pick up the inside thread and put it in the two nearby yellow crystals (red arrows).

#10



Pick up the outside thread, adds one crystal and join both threads at a crystal (red arrow).

#11



Pick up the inside thread and put it in a nearby crystal (red arrow).

#12



Now, with the outside thread, just adds two crystals and join both threads at a crystal (red arrow).

#13



Pick up the inside threads and put it in the next two crystals (red arrows).

#14



Add one crystal to the outside thread. Join both threads at a crystal (red arrow).

#15



Put the inside thread into the next two crystals (red arrows).

#16



Add one yellow crystal to the outside thread. Join both threads at a clear crystal (red arrow).

#17



Pick up the inside thread and put it in the clear crystals (red arrows).

#18



Add one clear crystal to the outside thread. Join both threads at a clear crystal (red arrow).

#19



Put the inside thread into the next three yellow crystals (red arrows).

#20



Join both lines at a yellow crystal (red arrow).

#21



Put a 8 mm. round bead inside the doll. Then, pick up any thread and put it in the four nearby crystals (red arrows) and into the yellow crystal (blue arrow). This is the doll base. Pull the threads tight, it will close the hole.

Now, we've done the body part! I hope you're still with me. Then, we continue ...

#22



We're going to do the small feet for this doll. Turn the doll up as in the picture. Pick up the left thread and add three seed beads (red arrow).

#23



Put the thread back into the first seed bead (red arrow) to form a triangle. Then, put the same thread into a nearby clear crystal (blue arrow).

#24



Still the same thread, adds three seed beads (red arrow).

#25



Put the thread into the first seed bead (red arrow) and put it in a nearby yellow crystal (blue arrow).

#26



Turn the doll down to the base again. Put the threads into the nearby yellow crystals (red arrows). Join both threads at a seed bead (blue arrow).

#27



Pick up the left thread and add three 3 mm. yellow crystals. Put the thread back into a seed bead (red arrow) and into a nearby crystal (blue arrow). This is the tail of the doll.

#28



Turn the doll to a side, we'll do his wings. Pick up the same thread in the previous step. Put it in the two nearby crystals (red arrow and blue arrow). If you're confuse, turn the doll exactly as in the picture and notice his black eye. The thread will go to the direction close to his eyes.

#29



Add 3 mm. crystal, 4 mm. crystal and 3 mm. crystal. Put the thread into the two crystals in previous step (red arrow and blue arrow).

#30



Do the same the other side. Start from the thread from his tail. Put the thread into the three adjacent crystals to the direction of the black eyes (red arrow, blue arrow and green arrow).

#31



Add 3 mm. crystal, 4 mm. crystal and 3 mm. crystal. Put the thread into the two crystals in previous step (red arrow and blue arrow).



String back and forth into the crystals to make it tight. Tie the threads together and keep the threads.

Phew .... it's done.

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This tutorial took me quite a long time to make, (and made a nice excuse for my lack of update, haha). I won't make doll tutorial often because it'll take many steps like this one. It's difficult for me to make and for you to follow as well.

Enjoy beading!
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Aerith Miss You
beejang :
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From:bonvogue
Date:August 25th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
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This is so cute!

I love playing Final Fantasy series of Video Games, and in it, there is a mount called Chocobo, the yellow one reminds me of that ;)
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From:beejang
Date:August 25th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
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Haha, yeah, it looks like a baby chocobo.
I'm also a fan of FF series ♥
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From:bonvogue
Date:August 25th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
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oh great!

I guess I should have looked at your personal LJ, and see FFVII stuff everywhere.

I have just started to play Crisis Cord, I am so addicted.

Do you play other FF games? I have played FFVII, VIII, FFX, X-2, XI (been playing it for like 4 years now) XII, and a bunch of other spin offs.
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From:beejang
Date:August 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I play almost all parts except XI. And you can guess, my fav is FFVII. Haha.

Crisis Core is fun and sad. I'm still trying to complete all missions. Very difficult. :P But you'll enjoy the game ♥
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From:bonvogue
Date:August 25th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I think, my husband and I purchased PS3 so that I can play FFXII, but of course blue ray discs are a plus ;)
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From:beejang
Date:August 26th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
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PS3 is my next console I want to buy. A lot of games I love will go to PS3.
Surely, PS3 is a nice choice!
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From:bonvogue
Date:August 26th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Have you ever cosplayed? I want to be Tiffa one of these days... or Lulu, since I have long hair now.
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From:beejang
Date:August 27th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
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Nope. I'm afraid to ruin the characters I love. Haha.
But I'm always a photographer in cosplay event. There are a lot of events being held here.
From:3dbeading
Date:September 20th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

Wow

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Hi Beejang, your bird is so beautiful!!

I have a website about 3D beading patterns at http://3dbeading.com
I was wondering if you'd like to post your pattern on there, and I'd love to link to your website. All my 3D beading patterns are free (so enjoy the patterns that are already on there!)

Allegra
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From:beejang
Date:September 25th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow

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Thank you! You have my permission.
And I love your website ♥
From:3dbeading
Date:October 7th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)

Re: Wow

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Okay I posted it!! It's here:
http://3dbeading.com/guest_patterns/bird/1.shtml

Like? I photoshopped all your pictures to make the colours more vivid!
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From:beejang
Date:October 10th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)

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Wow, that looks great.
From:mellycoco
Date:October 1st, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
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I cannot find the same exact black beads as the ones you used. However, I did find black GLASS beads instead of acrylic that are 4mm...but the size of the hole is 1mm...is it the same?....what kind of thread did you use by the way?

Melly
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From:beejang
Date:October 1st, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the black beads are swarovski pearl 4 mm. But I believe your beads are okay.

All my projects used clear nylon coated thread. I think the brands available in my country are different brands than yours so the size will be different too. Anyway, just use the smallest one.
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From:kristaliaastari
Date:April 10th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
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I absolutely love this little chick. Thank you so very much for making a tutorial about it. I hope there are more little crystal animals you could share with us. I just love working with crystals :D

Hugs and Kisses
Vanessa
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From:texpenguin
Date:June 8th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)

Great Penguins!

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I finally got to make some of these cuties! Thanks for the tute, it was great. I made my pengies with 6mm and 4mm swarkies, and modified the pattern a bit, after making the first one. Instead of 3 seed beads for each foot, I used one 4mm swarkie, and for the wings I did a line of 3 4mm swarkies. I used 8mm beads for the eyes, a 10mm bead for the inside, and omitted the tail entirely. I also strung mine on thin beadalon, so the little guy stood up very well even without the internal bead. I ended the beadalon with a crimp bead right where the tail would be. Lots of fun. I then modified the pattern further to make round 'beaded beads' with a rainbow progression of 3 colors on each bead. Very cool. Anyway, thanks again!
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From:sunflowergurl3
Date:June 14th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Here's something similar to the above but without the bead in the middle. It's a free video tutorial. She has lots of very interesting video tutorials.

http://mydailybead.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-make-penguin-with-beads.html
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From:Irish Tresvalles
Date:February 22nd, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
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YAY!
i made two of them for myself and they're so cute!!
thanks for this great tutorial,beejang!
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From:Roselyn Abe
Date:March 28th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
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hi bee jay i can't see the picture no.14 pls help
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From:beejang
Date:March 29th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
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Thank you! Look like LJ ate my photo again. I must look for it in my backup CD, but it will take time since don't know where it is too. Anyway, checkout here, http://3dbeading.com/patterns/43/1/ Lucky me, she did cross posted this tutorial. :D