Forget round pegs and square holes pearls are the perfect fit
for these beaded cubes
designed by Kathleen Burke
BEAD WEAVING / STRINGING
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materialsblue/gray bracelet with nine beaded beads89 in. (21.623
cm) 16 8 mm crystal pearls (Crystazzi, light gray) 36 6 mm crystal
pearls (Crystazzi, light gray) 80 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
heliotrope) 54 3 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, silver) 2 34 mm
round metal beads (silver) 2 g 110 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0146,
silver-lined smoky amethyst) 5 g 150 seed beads (Miyuki 452,
metallic dark blue iris) toggle clasp 2 crimp beads 2 crimp covers
(optional) Fireline 6 lb. test beading needles, #10 flexible
beading wire, .014.019 crimping pliers wire cutters drinking straw,
6 mm diameter Bead Stopper or tape
rainbow bracelet colors: 8 mm crystal pearls (Crystazzi, white)
6 mm crystal pearls (Crystazzi, white) 4 mm bicone crystals
(Swarovski; fire opal, light sapphire, amethyst, lime, light Siam,
blue zircon, light amethyst, capri blue, rose, and light topaz) 3
mm fire-polished beads (Czech, in colors to match the 4 mm bicones)
34 mm round metal beads (gold) 80 seed beads, in place of the 4 mm
bicones between pearls (gold) 110 cylinder beads (silver) 150 seed
stepbystepBeaded beadWork the following steps with tight
tension. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up a pattern of a 3
mm fire-polished bead and a 6 mm pearl four times, leaving a 6-in.
(15 cm) tail. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, and
continue through the first 3 mm and pearl (photo a). Place the ring
of beads on a 6 mm drinking straw.
 Pick up four 150 seed beads, an 110 cylinder bead, and four
150s. Sew through the pearl your thread exited at the start of this
step to form a loop around the top of the pearl (photo b). Retrace
the thread path through the loop and the pearl, and continue
through the next 3 mm and pearl. Repeat this step to form a loop
around the top of each pearl.  Work as in step 2 to add a loop
around the bottom of each pearl (photo c).
Sew through the first four 150s and cylinder of a loop around
the top of a pearl. Pick up five 150s, and sew through the
cylinder above the next pearl (photo d). Repeat this step around
the top of the pearls, and then sew through all the 150s and
cylinders from this step to reinforce the ring. Sew through the
bead-work to exit the first four 150s and cylinder of a loop around
the bottom of a pearl. Work as in step 4 around the
crystalsmake it with
Square off a set of beaded beads with equally angular bicone
crystals, and then soften the lines with round crystal pearls.
These unique shapes require consideration: As you string your
bracelet, check that its long enough to fit around your wrist, and
form it into a circle before crimping to ensure theres enough space
between beads for a proper fit.
EDITORS NOTE:Even if you dont normally work tubular beadwork
around a form, youll want to use one for these beaded beads.
Without it, the opening at the top and bottom of the bead wont be
circular. I found a drinking straw works better than a dowel or
other solid form; the straw is sturdy enough to support the bead,
but its hollow core allows it to be compressed slightly as you work
with tight tension. Stacy
bottom of the pearls, and then sew through the bead-work to exit
a 3 mm. Pick up a 150, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 150. Sew
through the center 150 in the set of five 150s above the 3 mm
(photo e). Pick up a 150, sew back through the bicone, pick up a
150, and sew through the 3 mm in the same direction your thread
exited it at the start of this step (photo f). Retrace the thread
path through the crystal embellishment, exiting the same 3 mm.
Repeat this step, but sew through the center 150 in the set of five
150s below the 3 mm (photo g). Sew through the next pearl and 3
pair of earrings 4 8 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, white) 8 6 mm
crystal pearls (Swarovski, bright gold) 20 4 mm bicone crystals
(Swarovski, light rose) 12 3 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, light
rose) 16 110 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0913, sparkle salmon-lined
topaz) 2 g 150 seed beads (Miyuki 429, opaque salmon) 2 23-in. (7.6
cm) head pins (gold) pair of earring findings (gold) Fireline 6 lb.
test beading needles, #10 chainnose pliers roundnose pliers wire
cutters drinking straw, 6 mm diameter
Kathleen Burke took up beading after admiring a handmade and
very blingy! crystal bracelet at a party. She lives in Portage,
Michigan, with her husband, a dog, and a cat who enjoys knocking
bead containers on the floor.
To make an earring or a dangle for a clasp: On a 23-in. (57.6
cm) head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal, an 8 mm pearl, a beaded
bead, two 3 mm fire-polished beads (to sit inside the beaded bead),
an 8 mm pearl, and a 4 mm bicone. Make a plain or wrapped loop
(Basics) to attach to an earring finding or clasp.
 Repeat step 6 around the beaded bead. End the working thread
and tail (Basics).
Bracelet Make nine beaded beads, or as many as desired,
keep-ing in mind that their square shape means that the inside
diameter of your bracelet will be smaller than the overall length
of the piece. My bracelets have nine beaded beads and measure 89
in. (21.623 cm) with an inside diameter of 67 in. (16.518 cm) when
clasped. Cut 12 in. (30 cm) of beading wire. Center the
fol-lowing beads: an 8 mm pearl, a beaded bead, two 3 mms (to sit
inside the beaded bead),
an 8 mm, a beaded bead, two 3 mms, an 8 mm, a beaded beads, two
3 mms, and an 8 mm. On each end of the wire, string the following
pattern three times: a 4 mm bicone, an 8 mm, a beaded bead, two 3
mms, and an 8 mm. Temporarily secure one end of the wire with a
Bead Stopper or tape.  On the other end, string a 4 mm, a 34 mm
round bead, a crimp bead, and half of the clasp. Go back through
the crimp bead, the round bead, and the 4 mm. Crimp the crimp bead
(Basics), and trim the excess wire. Form the strand into a circle,
remove the Bead Stopper or tape, and repeat this step on the other
end. Close a crimp cover over each crimp if desired. w
DESIGNERS NOTES:In steps 2 and 3 of Beaded bead, dont try to
speed the process by working two loops around each 6 mm pearl
before moving on to the next pearl. The extra thread path created
by working step 2 and then step 3 strengthens the inner core of the