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A woven seed bead bezel for a lampwork bead

Using a left over lampwork glass beads that I received from Beaded Lily, I decided to figure out an easy way to bezel it with seed beads.  I'm always tempted to do this with large beads, because the hole is just so darned convenient for holding the bead weaving in place while you're working.

You'll see in my photos below that the bezel often slipped off of the exact spot it was intended to end up, but this didn't matter at all.  In fact, it actually made it a bit easier to stitch, and I just had to remember to shove it into place and check the fit after each round.  No bad surprises at the end, please!

1. Using size 11/0 seed beads, ladder stitch with two beads in each stitch around the outer rim of the focal bead.  Make an even number of stitches.  Run the thread back and forth through the lampwork bead hole to anchor the bezel.

2. Brick stitch a row on both edges of the ladder stitches.  Depending upon the thickness of your bead, you may have to adjust how many total rows of brick stitch you add.  I only needed one on each edge.

3. Add a bead between every pair of brick stitches on both edges of the band. 

4. Add a row of peyote stitch on one edge.  Pull tight and work the thread up to the other edge, which will now become the top or the front.

5. Using peyote stitch, add size 8/0 or 6/0 seed beads between the beads from step 3.

6. Add another row of peyote stitch, adding size 11/0 or 15/0 between each larger seed bead and pulling the work tight.  The band needs to come up just over the edge of the focal bead.      

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Sarah Sequins said…
What a clever approach! I'm still getting the hang of bezeling anything that isn't a cabochon. :)
Cyndi L said…
And, my dear, I am still getting the hang of using SEQUINS in my bead work ;-) Something new for everyone!!
KimMac said…
How do you prove such a lovely piece?