Bodacious Woven Bead Jewelry

Honing your brick stitching skills Making your own beads using the peyote stitch Weaving dazzling beaded jewelry designs 5o, you've got the basic techniques down when it comes to a few bead-weaving stitches, but what's next How do you bring it all together to make some bodacious beaded jewelry that you'll love to wear or give as gifts This chapter has a few answers for you here, you find some fairly simple projects that help you get in more weaving practice while you make some jewelry...

Bead Knotting

Using knots and bead tips to terminate strands Creating bead units with knots Knotting with nontraditional materials notting is one of the oldest techniques in jewelry making. Before there was wire, stainless steel strands, and crimp beads, there were knots. In fact, knots are among the earliest embellishments in our human quest to beautify and distinguish ourselves from our fellow humans. In this chapter, you spend some time working with the noble knot and putting the different varieties to...

Piecing the peyote sections together

To start connecting the three peyote sections together, you first need to secure a thread to one of the peyote pieces. Insert your needle and thread any place you like into one peyote section and weave it through the beads to one end. Make at least one knot as you weave to secure the thread to the peyote section, pulling on the thread so the knot is hidden in the beads. Make sure to weave so that eventually the needle comes out of one end of the bead section. (See Chapter 2 for more explanation...

Icons Used in This Book

To make this book even more useful to you, we include a few icons to guide you through the projects. Pay close attention when you see one of these babies pop up. This icon tips you off to special, helpful information that can save you time by making the project a little easier. We use these to give you a little more information about nuances of a technique or step. Typically these little nuggets contain bits of information that we (and countless other jewelry makers) have found useful through...

New Twist Wire Jig Wrapping

Using a wire jig to make unique wire jewelry components Wrapping consistent sized loops with the aid of a wire jig Assembling fabricated wire elements and beads wire jig is a really cool piece of equipment used for wire jewelry making. Basically, a W jig consists of a flat base (often made out of thick clear acrylic, wood, or metal) and lots of pegs that fit into the base. On the average commercial jig these days, you can remove the pegs, which allows you to move them around in an infinite...

Brick Stitch Triangle Earrings

To weave brick stitch, you first need to use the ladder stitch, so this earring project shown in Figure 6-23 is sort of a two-for-one deal when it comes to practicing bead weaving stitches. Brick stitch naturally evolves into a triangular-shaped section of beads, unless you add or subtract beads during the process. For this design, we kept the natural triangle shape and accented the bottom with tiny fringe beads small, side-drilled, teardrop-shaped glass beads that often are added to the bottom...

Creating jewelry brick stitch by brick stitch

Brick stitch is also referred to by some as Comanche stitch because of its link to Native Americans who were some of the first bead weavers in North America. This stitch naturally becomes narrower and narrower until it ends with one bead on the end of the piece as shown in the brick stitch triangle earrings in Chapter 6 . Although you can add and subtract beads to alter the shape of the stitched piece, these instructions just cover the basic stitch. To weave the brick stitch, follow these...