Tip: You can use
the seed bead embellishment technique to "net" different kinds of
beads for a handmade look. Just make sure the holes in the beads are large
enough for several passes of beading thread. Ceramic, wooden and lampworked
beads work typically have larger holes.
See instructions below to make three netted beads.
Pass an eye pin through a hematite spacer, netted bead, hematite spacer and make a basic loop; repeat for each netted bead.
Pass an eye pin through each of the remaining 14mm beads and make a basic loop on each.
Link these beads together for the center of the necklace: netted, ceramic, netted, ceramic, netted.
Connect half of the beads in an alternating pattern on each side of the necklace.
Attach a clasp to one end and an extension chain to the other end.
Cut a 2-yard length of WildFire and thread it onto a needle.
Pass through enough beads to encircle the leather strap, leaving a 2" tail.
Pull the ends in a snug circle and tie them in a square knot.
Pass the needle through the first bead next to the knot.
Add a bead and pass the needle through the third bead.
Continue to add a bead/skip a bead until you reach the end of the circle, then continue the pattern to start a new row.
Work the tubular peyote stitch pattern for 1-1/4" or as long as desired. If you need to add thread at any time, just work the new thread through the last row and continue adding beads.
To finish the peyote stitch, use the needle to weave the thread tails back through the beadwork.
Cut a 6" length of wire and use round nose pliers to make a spiral on one end.
Pass the wire between the peyote stitch tube and the leather bracelet, then coil the other end.
Pass a head pin through the lower hole on a shell bead frame so it extends toward the opening of the frame.
String enough seed beads to cover the head pin inside the bead frame, and then pass through the upper hole.
Pass through a hematite spacer and make a wrapped loop to attach it to an ear wire.
Repeat Steps 1-3 to make a matching earring.
Cut an 18" length of WildFire and thread it onto a needle. Pass the needle through 10 seeds and tie a knot to make a beaded circle, leaving a 1" tail.
Hold the beaded circle over one end of a 14mm ceramic bead and pass the needle through enough seeds to reach the other end (the sample uses 13).
Holding the beaded thread in your fingers to mark your place, pass through 10 seeds. Pass the needle through the first seed to make a circle.
Make another pass across the surface of the bead adding 13 seeds. Continue "netting" the bead by skipping a bead on each end of the circle and adding passes across the surface of the bead.
Once you've made your way around the circle, the bead should have ten beaded threads across its surface. Tie the thread ends together and add a drop of bead stringing glue to the knot; let it dry.