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Herringbone bezel pendant

Stitch this quick frame for a favorite focal bead or cabochon using an easy flat herringbone technique.
Herringbone bezel pendant

Supplies

pendant 11⁄4 in. (3.2 cm)

  • 22 mm focal bead by Marsha Hedrick (www.amazingporcelain.com)
  • 15 4 mm magatama beads (Miyuki 401, opaque black)
  • 2 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)
  • 1 g 11/0 Japanese seed beads (F403, opaque bone matte; www.whimbeads.com)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 408, opaque red)
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • necklace cord or chain
  • WildFire beading thread
  • beading needles, #10
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
Instructions
Herringbone bezel pendant f1
Figure 1
1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, work in ladder stitch to make a four-bead ladder (How-Tos) using an 11/0 seed bead, an 8/0 seed bead, an 8/0, and an 11/0. Zigzag back through the beads to stabilize the ladder (figure 1).
 
Herringbone bezel pendant f2
Figure 2
2. Pick up an 11/0 and an 8/0, and sew down through the next 8/0 in the previous row and up through the following 8/0 (figure 2, a–b). Pick up an 8/0 and an 11/0, and sew down through the last 11/0 in the previous row (b–c). To turn: Pick up an 11/0, and sew up through the previous 11/0 picked up in this step (c–d) to be in position for the next row.
 
Herringbone bezel pendant f3
Figure 3

3. Work as in step 2 until you have a strip long enough to wrap snugly around your focal bead, ending with an even number of rows. Our strip is 30 rows long.

4. To form the strip into a ring: Make sure the strip is not twisted. Bring the ends together, and sew through the corresponding 11/0 in the first row at the other end of the strip. Continue as shown in figure 3, a–b.

5. Add a turn bead: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the nearest 11/0 in the first row (b–c). Sew through the beadwork to exit a turn bead.

6. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next two turn beads along this edge of the bezel. Repeat this stitch to complete the round. Retrace the thread path using a firm tension, and then sew through the beadwork to exit a turn bead along the other edge of the bezel.

7. Place the focal bead into the bezel so the back of the focal is against the beadwork. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next turn bead along this edge. Repeat this stitch to complete the round. Retrace the thread path through the beads added in this step, and then sew through the beadwork to exit any 8/0 in the bezel.

8. Pick up a 4 mm maga-tama, and sew through the 80 in the next row in the opposite column. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the 8/0 in the next row in the opposite column. Repeat these two stitches to complete the round. Sew through the beadwork to exit an 8/0 behind a magatama.

9. Pick up five 15/0s, and sew through the 8/0 in the same direction. Retrace the thread path through the loop several times, and then sew through the next three 8/0s. Create another five-bead loop, and end the working thread and tail.

10. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach a five-bead loop. Repeat for the other five-bead loop.

11. String a necklace cord or chain through the jump rings.

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