|7-6-08 Updated link for the move to shutterfly...sorry for the delay!
4-11-07 Updated link for the new yahoo.
This tip shows how to make a bigger 3 dimensional bead, or ball, from 12 smaller beads. I saw this done on TV, and had to try it immediately. It's fast, fun, and very easy to learn. These are just too cool! Click the web link above for instructions with images.
Round beads work best, but I've also used slightly flattened rounds, or disc-shaped beads. Pearls work great too.
Some uses for these beaded beads:
-As a zipper pull, like in Gigi's decorative zipper pull replacement tip of 6-20-05, using a split ring to attach it [I would use beading wire to make this one, not thread].
-The 'pendant' part of a beaded necklace...just use a longer thread and once the beaded bead is tied off, continue on each end, adding single beads to form the necklace to desired length.
-Make two and hang on earring wires to make a pair of earrings.
-A decorative 'weight' on the front of a fancy purse flap.
-Hang one made from crystal prism-beads in a window to catch the sunlight and refract a spectrum of colors into your home [invisible thread would work best for this].
-When using tiny beads, consider making 12 of the beaded beads, then use those to make an even bigger beaded bead [with a total of 144 beads in it].
I added a 3rd image to the link above...shows bead placement for specific colors.