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Beaded bead with wood barrel base

Create a cleverly constructed beaded bead using a wood barrel, seed beads, and fire-polished beads
Beaded bead with wood barrel base key

SUPPLIES

Blue/silver bead 17⁄16 in. x 13⁄8 in. (3.7 x 3.5 cm)

  • 1 32 x 22 mm wood barrel bead with a 9 mm hole (www.thebeadedbead.etsy.com)
  • 39 4 mm pearls (Swarovski or Preciosa, white)
  • 13 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal AB)
  • 26 4 mm fire-polished beads (jet)
  • 3 mm fire-polished beads
    • 52 color A (silver half coat)
    • 26 color B (jet AB)
  • 1 g 8/0 seed beads (Preciosa, jet hematite)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 21F, frosted silver-lined crystal)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 451, metallic hematite)
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

Multi-colored bead colors

  • 36 4 mm pearls (Preciosa, bronze)
  • 12 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, fuchsia AB2X)
  • 24 4 mm fire-polished beads (azurite halo fire)
  • 3 mm fire-polished beads
    • 48 color A (tanzanite AB)
    • 24 color B (olivine AB)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 945, jonquil mint julep-lined)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 377, teal-lined aqua)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho PF562, galvanized saffron) 

Pink/gold bead colors

  • 36 4 mm pearls (Swarovski, powder rose)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski)
    • 12 light rose
    • 24 rosaline (in place of 4 mm fire-polished beads)
  • 3 mm beads
    • 48 bicone crystals, color A (Preciosa, golden flare 2X)
    • 24 fire-polished beads, color B (gold)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)

Basics

INSTRUCTIONS
Beaded bead with wood barrel base f1
Figure 1
Beaded bead with wood barrel base f2
Figure 2
Beaded bead with wood barrel base photo
Photo
Beaded bead with wood barrel base f3
Figure 3

Difficulty rating

RAW center ring

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up four 4 mm pearls, leaving a 6–in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first three beads again to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Picking up three pearls per stitch, work a total of 11 or 12 right-angle weave (RAW) stitches (b–c).

2. Form the strip into a ring: Wrap the strip around the center of the wood barrel bead, pick up a pearl, and sew through the end bead of the first stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a pearl, and sew through the end pearl of the last stitch (b–c). Test the fit, and make adjustments if necessary. It’s okay if the ring fits slightly loosely around the center of the barrel as the beadwork will cinch up when future rounds of peyote stitch are added. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the join (not shown in the figure for clarity), and continue through the adjacent edge bead of the same stitch (c–d). 

3. Pick up an 8/0 seed bead, and sew through the next edge pearl (d–e). Repeat this stitch to complete the round.

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit a pearl on the opposite edge. Work as in step 3 to add 8/0s on this edge of the ring (PHOTO), and then sew through the first 8/0 added at the start of this step.

5. Add an embellishment on top of each RAW stitch: Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0 seed bead, a 4 mm bicone crystal, an 11/0, and a 15/0. Cross the RAW stitch diagonally, and sew through the corresponding 8/0 on the other edge, going in the same direction (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through the adjacent center pearl, and continue through the next 8/0 on the original edge with the needle facing away from the beads just added (b–c). 

6. Work as in step 5 to add embellishment sets on top of each RAW stitch (c–d). End and add thread as needed. End the tail, but not the working thread.

Sides

To keep the beadwork tension evenly distributed around the barrel, you will be using two working threads to work mirror image rounds of tubular netting/peyote on each side of the RAW center ring.

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to the beadwork, exiting the edge 8/0 opposite the existing working thread. 

2. Work in rounds using one thread to complete the round on one side of the RAW center and then using the other working thread to repeat the round on the opposite side of the ring.

Tip!
Variable size: To accommodate slight variances in the diameter of the wood barrel beads and pearls, the number of RAW stitches might need to be adjusted up or down to fit properly around the center of the barrel. The blue/silver bead started with a flat strip of 12 RAW stitches before being joined into a ring, and the other two beads started with 11 RAW stitches.
Beaded bead with wood barrel base f4
Figure 4
Beaded bead with wood barrel base f5
Figure 5

Round 1: With either working thread, pick up an 11/0, a color A 3 mm fire-polished bead, and an 11/0, skip the next pearl, and sew through the following 8/0 (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat this stitch to compete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 and A added in this round (b–c). 

Round 2: With either working thread, pick up an A, and sew through the next A in the previous round (c–d). Pull the thread tight. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this round (d–e). The beadwork will start to cinch after this and future rounds are completed.

Round 3: With either working thread, pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the next A in the previous round (e–f). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 15/0 and 11/0 added (f–g). 

Round 4: With either working thread, pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round (g–h). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 4 mm fire-polished bead added (h–i). 

Round 5: With either working thread, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 4 mm fire-polished bead in the previous round (i–j). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 15/0 added (j–k). 

Round 6: Pick up five 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the previous round (FIGURE 5, a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first three 15/0s added (b–c). 

Round 7: Pick up a color B 3 mm fire-polished bead, and sew through the next center 15/0 in the previous round (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first B added (d–e). 

Round 8: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next B in the previous round (e–f). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added (f–g). 

Round 9: Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round (g–h). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first two 15/0s added (h–i).

Round 10: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next center 15/0 in the previous round (i–j). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added (j–k).

Round 11: Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round (k–l). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 15/0 added (l–m). Pull the thread tight, and retrace the thread path to cinch the beads. End the working threads.

Tip!
Get a grip: For extra stability, slide the barrel onto a pen or marker, and use your fingers to grasp the beadwork, keeping it centered on the barrel while working.

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