Introduction: Green Dragon Eye Beaded Brooch Pin

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Make a bead embroidered fantasy glass eye brooch.

This brooch is perfect for holding a cloak closed, adding to a sweater or pouch, or to add a focal point to a hat or scarf.

Made with a glass eye cabochon from

Step 1: Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed

  • Stiff black felt
  • Thin fabric backing
  • Black beading thread and needle
  • 3d Crystal lacquer glue (source)
  • 20mm glass dragon eye cabochon (source)
  • 11/0 lime green Toho seed beads
  • 11/0 black Delica beads
  • Metal pin

Step 2: Step 1:

Apply the 3D Crystal Lacquer glue to the back of the glass eye cabochon. Place at the center of a cut piece of the stiff black felt. Let dry.

Step 3: Step 2: Start Embroidering Beads Around the Eye

Coming from the underside of the felt, apply a couple of 11/0 toho green seed beads alongside the glass eye cabochon. Insert needle back through the felt, and tie the two remaining ends.

Step 4: Step 3: First Row of Bead Embroidery

Bring your needle back up through the center of the first 2 beads you added in Step 2. Thread your needle through the last bead you added. Repeat this step, adding 4-5 beads each time, until you have surrounded the entire eye cabochon with a row of 11/0 green seed beads.

Step 5: Step 4: Peyote Stich Another Layer of Green 11/0 Beads

To add another layer of 11/0 green beads with peyote stitch, add 1 green bead at a time, threading back through every other bead from the row you added in step 3.

Step 6: Step 5: Add a Layer of Black With Peyote

To complete the bezel around the glass eye cabochon, add a 11/0 black Delica bead through every other bead that you added in the previous step.

Step 7: Step 6: Add Another Row of Embroidery

To add another row of embroidery, thread your needle back down through the felt when finished with the previous step, and come back up right beside the original row you added in step 1. Repeat the bead embroidery steps, adding a row of 11/0 green Toho beads around your bead bezel.

Step 8: Step 7: Bead Embroider a Row of Black Delica Beads

Repeat the steps just finished previously, only this time use 11/0 black Delica beads.

Step 9: Step 8: Cut Out Brooch Design

Leaving enough of a "lip" for another row of bead embroidery, cut our the circular design.

Note: Be careful not to cut your beading thread!

Step 10: Step 9: Embroider Another Row of 11/0 Green Beads

Bead embroider a final row of 11/0 green Toho beads at the outer edge of your design, filling in the lip of space left from the previous step.

Step 11: Step 10: Add Beaded Lace Edging

From where you left off in step 9, add 1 green bead, 1 black bead, and 1 green bead to your needle and thread. Then skipping 1 bead in the present row of embroidered green beads, thread through the next 2 green beads on the row. Repeat this step all of the way around the edging of your brooch design. When finished, tie your thread security to the back of the design and cut off the excess.

Step 12: Step 11: Attach to Fabric Backing

To protect the exposed stitching at the back of your bead embroidery design, use the 3D lacquer glue again to cover the design and glue to the backside of the fabric you are using to seal the design. Let dry.

Step 13: Step 12: Cut Out Design

After the glue has dried from the previous step, cut out the design from the fabric backing, so their edges meet perfectly.

Step 14: Step 13: Glue on Pin

Finally, the last step is to use E6000 glue to glue the metal brooch pin to the back side of your beaded design. Let dry for 24 hours.