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Crazy for beaded beads!

I am really excited about the beaded spark plugs that I've been working on lately, and when I received the most recent issue of Bead&Button magazine, the beaded bead that was featured got me revved up all over again!  Fatima Mensen-Potter designed these beauties, which are stitched around a wooden barrel bead.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Perfect for Spring.

I'm totally stoked to try some of these Easter egg colors and combine them with my spark plugs, and maybe also make a few beaded beads myself.  I don't have any wooden barrels the right size to follow Fatima's directions, but I always like to do a little improvising anyway.  Here's what I've got:

They'll work!  I'll probably paint them with gesso first to block out the bright colors, but on the other hand, maybe I'll leave the pink one alone and do a beaded bead in pastel pinks...?

Anyway, I've posted several beaded bead tutorials here at Beading Arts in the past, so I thought I'd share those with you while I figure out what to do with these wooden beads.  Happy Monday, and happy beading!

Two-drop peyote beads

Peyote stitch a simple beaded bead

A free-form beaded bauble

Brick stitch beads

Cellini spiral beaded beads

An alien flying saucer beaded bead

Dutch spiral beads

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Eileen Bergen said…
Those really are pretty, Cyndi! I can't wait to see how yours turn out.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks! Mine aren't as pretty as hers, but they turned out alright :-) Ready to post on Monday.