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This instructable will show you how to make a 3D beaded ball

Step 1: Gather Materials

1. you will need :

a) 30 Beads of your choice

  • I used 4mm Metallic Black Bicone Beads

b) Fishing Line

  • I used 4 pound fishing line

c) A pair of Scissors

Step 2: Fold Line in Half

1. Cut a piece of fishing line

  • Make sure you have a fairly long piece of line
  • You want to be sure you have enough line to finish the project without running out of line

2. Fold fishing line in half

  • Make sure that both ends are even

3. Paint the left end of the line red

  • I used red nail polish
  • You can use any color nail polish you like
  • If you don't have any nail polish, you can also use a permanent marker

Step 3: Make a Circle of 5 Beads

1. Put 5 Beads on the left end of the line (Red)

2. Put the right end of the line (Clear) through the last bead you added in the opposite direction

3. Hold both ends of the line even

4. pull to the centre of the line

Step 4: Make Circle #2

1. Put 4 Beads on the left end ( Clear) of the line

2. Put the right end (Red) of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre

4. Put the right end (Clear) into the next bead

Step 5: Make Circle #3

1. Put 3 Beads on the left (Red) end of the line

2. Put the right (Clear) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Red) end of the line into the next bead

Step 6: Make Circle #4

1. Put 3 beads on the left (Clear) end of the line

2. Put the right (Red) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Clear) end of the line into the next bead

Step 7: Make Circle #5

1. Put 3 beads on the left (Red) end of the line

2. Put the right (Clear) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Red) end of the line into the next 2 beads

Step 8: Make Circle #6

1. Put 2 beads on the left (Clear) end of the line

2. Put the right (Red) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Clear) end of the line into the next bead

Step 9: Make Circle #7

1. Put 3 beads on the left (Red) end of the line

2. Put the right (Clear) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Red) end of the line into the next 2 beads

Step 10: Make Circle #8

1. Put 2 beads on the left (Clear) end of the line

2. Put the right (Red) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Clear) end of the line into the next 2 beads

Step 11: Make Circle #9

1. Put 2 beads on the left (Red) end of the line

2. Put the right (Clear) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Red) end of the line into the next 2 beads

Step 12: Make Circle #10

1. Put 2 beads on the left (Clear) end of the line

2. Put the right (Red) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Clear) end of the line into the next 3 beads

Step 13: Make Circle #11 and Circle #12

1. Put 1 bead on the left (Red) end of the line

2. Put the right (Clear) end of the line through the last bead

3. Pull to the centre of the line

4. Put the right (Red) end of the line into the next 4 beads

5. Tie a knot with the left (Clear) end of the line

6. Tie one more knot to make sure it is secure

7. Cut off the extra line

<p>Do you have instructions on the 3D beaded ball which has 5 little seed beads in the middle of each segment? I used to be able to do it, but forgot how to now, and I've lost the instructions. Thank you, Janis :)</p>
<p>Hey, it's me again. I just made a pink Swarovski 4mm PEARL beaded ball. it's so cute I'm dizzy!!</p>
<p>lol, that's good :)</p>
<p>Thank you for this tutorial! The step by step directions are perfect and the idea of coloring one end of the line is genius. I made these beads years ago, but lost the directions. I searched for them again and just couldn't find instructions that were clear - until I found yours. Fabulous!</p>
<p>Your welcome, thank you :)</p>
Omg I think I love you, you made it so easy, I didn't even need the pictures, thank you so much, I finally made my first beaded bead!!
<p>Thank you, your welcome, glad I could help :)</p>
<p>how come i don't see any comments, this is SO awesome, i tried to do this 47 times on another site and i kept thinking WHY NOT COLOR ONE end!!! and you did! this is so great i love it!! Thank you very much.</p>
<p>I'm not sure lol, thanks, yea it's much easier when one end of the line is a different color. Now I don't normally color one end if I'm working on a fairly easy project like this one, but if I'm working on a more complex project then I always do. When your working on a fairly complex project, even just using the wrong end of the line one time can really mess things up. Any time I do a video or an article on a 3D project, I will always color one end because it makes it easier to explain and easier for beginners to complete the project. Your welcome :)</p>
<p>Hey, fairly easy??? i have worked so hard, i am spatially challenged or something. it's so hard to follow these kind of directions. Easy for you, killer for me. anyway, thanks for making it so easy for me, i can't tell you how much i appreciate it. </p>
<p>lol, I know that sounds crazy when I say fairly easy, it really is though when it comes to 3D patterns, this one is a beginners level project. The project uses 5 beads for every circle in the entire project. I've worked on projects before that have combinations of circles with 5 beads, circles with 4 beads and circles with 3 beads, those ones can get pretty confusing at times. The more you make the easier it gets, I struggled a bit when I first started out. I'm glad I was able to help :) </p>
I made a little tiny one of clear AB crystals to go inside. Hard to photograph.
<p>Cool, that's a good idea. I actually did another article similar to this one if your want to check it out. It's called 3D Beaded Rainbow Ball. </p>

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