Beading Around a Bead

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Here’s the ultimate technique for bead lovers: Wrap tiny beads around a larger bead to make unique beaded beads!
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Tip 1We recommend using a wood bead as the core bead because wood is very lightweight.
Tip 2This technique requires three seed bead row lengths which helps prevent seed beads from crowding near the hole of the core bead.
Tip 3If your core bead has a large hole, you will need to hold your thumb and forefinger over the holes after you have threaded the needle through it and before you pull the thread taut so that the seed beads cannot get inside the hole as you thread them.
Tip 4Try using the same technique with different core bead shapes and seed bead shapes to achieve a variety of looks.
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Step 1

This technique will require three seed bead row lengths to prevent the seed beads from crowding near the hole of the core bead. We have chosen to represent row 1 with color A, row 2 with color B and row 3 with color C. You can use any combination of bead colors to create your bead.

Step 2

Cut a 4 foot piece of beading thread. Thread the needle.

Step 3

Add a mini bead stopper about one foot from the end of your thread. Squeeze the two loops to open the bead stopper.

Step 4

Add thread to the mini bead stopper and release the loops. This will help prevent beads from falling off your thread.

Step 5

Thread the wooden core bead onto the thread. Leave at least two inches between the core bead and the mini bead stopper so that the bead stopper does not get in the way of your work.

Step 6

For row 1, string enough color A seed beads to cover the entire length of the core bead from hole to hole. Pass the thread through the core bead and pull taut.

Note:

If you string too many seed beads, the sead bead strand will bow away from the core bead. String just enough seed beads so that the core bead is covered and the seed beads rest on the surface of the core bead.

Step 7

For row 2, string two less seed beads than were used in step 6, using color B. Pass the thread through the core bead and pull taut. Make this row lay to the right of the previous seed bead row.

Step 8

For row 3, string two less seed beads than were used in step 7, using color C. Pass the thread through the core bead and pull taut. Make this row lay to the right of the previous seed bead row.

Step 9

String the same number of color B seed beads that were used in step 7 to create another row 2. Pass the thread through the core bead and pull taut. Make this row lay to the right of the previous seed bead row.

Step 10

String the same number of color A seed beads that were used in step 6 to create another row 1. Pass the thread through the core bead and pull taut. Make this row lay to the right of the previous seed bead row.

Step 11

Repeat steps 7-10 until the core bead is completely covered in seed bead rows.

Step 12

To secure the thread, weave up through any row of seed beads and back down through the core bead. Repeat this step three or four times. Trim the thread with scissors.

Step 13

Remove the mini bead stopper from the thread. Thread a needle and repeat step 12 with the tail thread.

Step 14

Congratulations! You have learned how to bead around a bead.

     

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