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Posted on: 8/21/05 5:54 AM
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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.

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ReneeSews said... (2/14/08 7:36 AM) Reply
I am wanting to do this and remembered your tip, but the links are gone? Any help would be appreciated!
lynnemary said... (9/11/05 12:19 PM) Reply
wow fantastic thanks
Annie- oh said... (8/26/05 7:30 AM) Reply
Neat - thanks!
SewVeryTall said... (8/24/05 2:35 AM) Reply
You're all very welcome...I wasn't sure if there'd be many interested in working with beads...I'm glad I posted this :)
Nickle said... (8/23/05 4:50 AM) Reply
What a great idea for zipper pulls!
ladylola said... (8/22/05 6:35 PM) Reply
I'll have to try this, thank you for the great instructions.
Tiner W said... (8/22/05 9:58 AM) Reply
Neat! I want to try this! Thanks!
PixieCat said... (8/22/05 3:03 AM) Reply
I love this idea and will definitely try it! Thank you for the clear instructions.
Jayme girl said... (8/21/05 11:24 AM) Reply
again Thank you I make & donate neck piece for laryngetomee {NECk Breathers}and now with 2 needles you showed me an easier way ,Cleverxxxxx
Mary Stiefer said... (8/21/05 9:11 AM) Reply
I like to do beadwork and this is a great tip. Thx.
els said... (8/21/05 7:48 AM) Reply
Thanks, a great tip.
Shellia said... (8/21/05 7:35 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing the neat idea!
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