Pick a large lightweight wood or plastic bead for the base of this fun project. Since my wooden bead was painted blue, I decided not to fight against fate, but picked a good selection of blue beads in various sizes for most of the covering. I also threw in some contrasting beads for fun!
Materials & Tools
Large wood or plastic bead to cover
Nymo 0 thread
Delicas and/or Czech seed beads in sizes 15/0, 11/0, 8/0, or even 6/0 as desired
1 Loop the thread through the hole of the large bead several times, and tie a knot. These threads will be covered as you work.
2 String on beads to reach from hole to hole, tie off at the top, go back through the hole and repeat several times.
3 Begin to weave beads off of the foundation strings, using peyote, square stitch, or whatever you wish. I used peyote.
4 When all the strings are several rows of beads wide, begin to connect from string to string with peyote stitch.
5 Use different sized beads to fill in all spaces except for the hole through the large bead.
6 Here are a few shots of the finished bead from different angles. It's hard to see the hole through the large bead, but it is still there. You can now add a wire through the hole to create a pendant, or you can string the large bead as part of a necklace.
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