Monday, April 20, 2015

Black + copper bead embroidered pendant


I've had this beautiful black and copper swirl dichroic glass pendant for a long time, and it is certainly large enough to just wear on its own by adding a large jump ring, but I wanted to do a bit more.  Not too much more, though!  I'm very happy with the compromise I came up with.

If you are new to bead embroidery or to making pendants, step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.



1. I decided to stick with only the colors already found in the pendant.  I used some double stick tape to hold the pendant down temporarily while I bezeled it with size 11/0 seed beads, topped by a row of size 15/0 seed beads to cinch it in.  I used a Swarovski marguerite to hide the pendant hole and to secure it to the foundation fabric even more securely.




2. Cut a piece of backing fabric to match the top and add edging brick stitch in size 11/0 seed beads around the outside, trapping a large jump ring at the center of the bottom.




3. Use size 15/0 seed beads to add stack stitches to each edging bead. I alternated colors and height.




4. Stitch a square stitch bail to the back of your pendant.




5. Add a chain or cord to the bail, and use a bead pin to add a couple of beads to dangle at the bottom.  I used another Swarovski marguerite and a Swarovski crystal pearl.

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2 comments:

Robbie said...

Beautiful!!!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Perfectly balanced and you didn't upstage the beautiful bead embroidered pendant. Thank you for the tips and example.

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