Level : Beginner to Intermediate
What you need :
- 3 Pearls 6 mm. (or you can use 4 mm. as in the pattern, but I prefer 6 mm.)
- 6 Czech Fire Polished 4 mm. (if you use 4 mm pearl, you must use 3 mm Czech Fire Polished)
- Seed bead
- Nylon coated Thread 02 (I love to use Nylon thread but if you prefer other kinds of thread then make sure it's small enough to put into the beads back and forth.)
Colors : your choice :D
Warning : Heavy pictures under cut.
I took the design from Beads de Beads #5. The designer is Kakoi Chiko San. You see the lovely earrings. That's right, we're going to do that bead ball. (Forget about the very lovely bracelet for now, the bracelet is not hard but I did not prepare the tutorial yet.)
Like I said before, the pattern in the book used 4 mm. pearls and 3 mm czech beads. You will get a small lovely bead ball. But I love something bigger and it's easier to take photos and makes this tutorial.
Cut the thread 40 - 50 cm. I once tried with 40 cm. It was long enough for this project but somehow, I prefer to work with longer thread. But if you want to save your material, then 40 cm is fine.
Start with seed bead, czech, seed bead, pearl and seed bead.
Now, join the two lines together by one czech bead.
Add beads as in the pictures.
- Left side : seed bead
- Right side : seed bead, pearl, seed bead
Join the two lines by czech bead.
Add seed bead (red arrow), then put the line in the first czech bead (white arrow). I believe you know where the first czeth bead is.
Add each line with seed bead
Join both lines with the last pearl.
Still with me, i hope so :D Now, you will get something like this.
Let us finish the other side of the ball.
- Left side : one seed bead
- Right side : seed bead, czech, seed bead.
Join both lines by czech bead.
Left line, add one seed bead and put the line into the pearl (white arrow)
Add one seed bead to both lines.
Join both line with the last czech bead.
Left line, add one seed bead (red arrow) and put the line into the pearl (white arrow).
Right line, add one seed bead (red arrow) and put the line into czech bead (white arrow).
Now, you join both lines with one seed bead.
Now, gently pull the line to make a tight ball. If you get it right, you will get the ball as in the picture. There will be four seed beads when you join with pearls. Three seed beads where czech beads connect.
The last step is to put the remaining lines into the beads. When you do it, I recommend you to find the way to make both lines collide so that you can tie the lines together. I always tie them two times to make sure it won't loose.
Now it's done. Congratulation!
If not, well, you can find the pattern in this entry. However, the tutorial does not exactly follow the pattern but the finish work turns out correctly.
You can try with other colors or materials. Smaller or bigger beads, different shapes of beads, or you can try bicones Swarovski instead of czech beads. The bead ball is very basic motif and it can create other ideas for your next project.
Add 9-pin with bicones beads to the ball.
And make it into phone strap by adding pearls to the motif.
Or make them into earring and bracelet set.
If you make it, please share your work. I love to see it. :D
Or if you have any questions, feel free to ask (if you don't mind my bad English).