I made this as a gift for a friend who had been feeling sad and stressed lately. To be honest, I had been feeling the same, so this project was a win-win situation: I got to make something that took the stress off my mind, and she got a surprise to brighten up her week. The design popped into my head from something I'd seen before (Perhaps a book? I don't recall anymore..) and I thought it'd be the perfect design to make something teal, the friend's favorite color. Anyhow, it turned out lovely, and we're both feeling a bit better now.
Step 1: Materials
- seed beads (I used size 11, teal and light sapphire.)
- thread for beading
- string for sliding closure (I used some rattail string.) OR clasps
- thin wire OR beading needles (I didn't have needles small enough to fit in my beads so I just used 28 gauge wire. You could also just savage some thin wire from wire ribbons or twist ties..)
- glue/lighter for singeing
Step 2: Thread and needles
Start by cutting out some thread (I used about a wingspan, but that was more than enough.) and stringing on two needles, on on either end.
To create makeshift needles, I used 28 gauge wire. I bent the wire approximately in half (You should make one side longer though.) and twisted the two ends together.
Step 3: First loop
String on an odd number of beads (Due to the small size of mine, I used 17 beads.) to make loops that are about 1cm long. The bigger your beads, the bigger the loops you'll need, so plan accordingly.
Take the needle on the right and insert it through the first bead on the left. Make sure that you're inserting the needle the correct way (see the second picture above). Then pull to tighten.