Friday 27 May 2011

In search of the perfect round

My daughter Arabella, 7 1/2 , has booked Sunday with me for learning how to make a round beaded bead. But guess what. I don't know how to make them. I have been searching around for free tutorials. I have yet not found any. You see, I don't want it to be one where you cover a bead. I haven't even found one I would have to pay for. Well, one I was tipped about by Patricia. Thank you so much! But I did think it was a bit pricey. Max 6 dollars is what I think it should cost. Max!

So what do you do at times like this? I am the kind who try to figure it out by myself. The acid yellow-green one and the green-white one are made from tutorials on YouTube. All the others are my own experiments. Made in peyote stitch. None of them are perfectly round. But they are rather sweet anyway.

By the way, have you seen the animated tutorials by Bead Animation? This is the one I used for the green and white bead.

I just love the style. Super clever use of Flash. (I used to know Flash, now I have "forgotten" it since I haven't used it for about ten years.) On YouTube there is a whole bunch of them. And it looks like they are opening a website soon.

Please, if any of you have a good instruction or tutorial for a round beaded bead, please give me a call. It doesn't have to be made in peyote. Or if you can tip me on where I can buy a good one. I'd be ever so grateful!

Have a great weekend!


Elly Snare said...

Hi Malin! Those beads are cute, I especially like the one with the purple drops sticking out, like an sea anemone!

I saw this the other day, from The Crimson Moon; her whole shop is lovely but she does do a tutorial for a huge beaded bead:

I don't know if this is too expensive but might be helpful? Any round beaded beads I have made before have been done like so:

1. Make a ring of seed beads big enough to fit snugly round the circumference of your base bead (wooden is good).
2. Stitch through the beads again to tighten. If it slips then stitch through the hole in the base bead, back to the ring and through the hole the other way.
3. Then start doing tubular peyote round the ring as normal. When the beadwork starts to stand away from the bead, decrease evenly around the bead.
4. Continue to work in this way until you get to the hole in the bead, then stitch round the last round and finish thread.
5. Join a new thread near the original circle and repeat steps 3-4 for the other side of the bead.

Hope this makes sense and it might be helpful! If you need more detailed help then let me know :)

Hope you have a fun weekend full of beaded beads!


Pretty Things said...

Oh my gosh those are so AWESOME!!!! Grooving on the color and they are just so CUTE!!!!!!!

Sally Anderson said...

Do you have the Dec issue of Beadwork magazine? They had beaded beads in that issue that did NOT have another bead as the core. I haven't tried it but I've saved the magazine just for that! Good luck!

My Life Under the Bus said...

These came out great Malin!!! Looks like you are having a ball!

Malin de Koning said...

Thank you!

Sally, I'll try to get my hands on one directly. Hope they are sold digitally. Thanks!

Sally Anderson said...

I'll look up the issue tomorrow -- the beads were part of a necklace so probably you couldn't find it if you looked for beaded beads. I'll get back to you tomorrow.

Gaea said...

They are perfectly lovely! Look no further!

Angel Whisperer said...

inte behöver du läsa mer om det
dom är helt underbara som dom är!!
det perfekta är tråkigt ....
Blomman är även min favo :)
GUD vad duktiga ni varit!!

har hoppt runt lite på olika blogar tex. lorelei, fanciful, backyard,humble,claire mfl och det var inte några problem att scrolla dä din
har du så mycket?+ är det dina videos i kanten?
fast inte gör det mig nåt egentligen..

SueBeads said...

Malin, yours are really fantastic! If I come across anything, I'll let you know. This is on my list too!

Claire Maunsell said...

Perhaps you should write the tutorial, Malin. I love these!

Anonymous said...

Oj, fina beaded beads du visar.
Är det något sådant här du letar efter?


Malin de Koning said...

Hej Gabrielle! Tack! Klart jag direkt gick till din länk. Men det går inte att se nåt. Jag kan se huvudsidan, men inga av undersidorna. Hittade dock ett mönster av Emo på Pärlguiden/Pärlplatsen/Pärlforum (jag kan inte skilja dem åt). Ett mycket bra och användbart mönster. Tack för tipset som ledde mej dit.


Anonymous said...

Actually, just do a peyote stitch around a wooden bead of any size. That will ensure it is very round!