Monday, July 20, 2015

Resin "opal" pendant



This little resin "fire opal" is so small that I decided to use size 15/0 seed beads for the entire bezel.  Only the second back stitch row and the edging brick stitch uses size 11/0s.  The entire pendant is smaller than a quarter.

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.



1. Use a small piece of foil under the resin "opal" to make it sparkle when using a dark foundation fabric like this.  Stitch a simple peyote stitch bezel around the tiny cabochon, and add more rows of back stitch all around if desired.



2. Sandwich a soldered jump ring in between the foundation fabric and the backing fabric, and stitch edging brick stitch through both layers.



3. I added short stacks of antique size 20/0 seed beads to each edging bead, and added another jump ring so that my chain would slip through the pendant at the correct orientation.

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4 comments:

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

I'm trying to imagine it being smaller than a quarter with all that fine bead work. It's lovely.

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Eileen...those are *really* tiny little beads :-)

Cherie Burbach said...

I was surprised to see how small this was because the detail is just beautiful.

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Cherie! It's really not much bigger than most charms :-)

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