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How to Make an Easy Peyote Stitch Beaded Bead

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How to Make an Easy Peyote Stitch Beaded Bead

A pair of earrings made with easy peyote stitch beaded beads.

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Beaded beads are fun -
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes - 1 hour, depending on how large or intricate you want your bead.

Here's How:

  1. Choose your colors. If you are going to be using these beads with other gemstones or glass beads, you'll want to make sure that all the colors work well together.
  2. Make a small piece of peyote stitch. Pick up a set of beads that is equal to the length of your final bead. Work in either even count or odd count flat peyote stitch to make a piece of beadwork. You can check for the size of the final bead by periodically rolling the bead into a tube to get an idea for how large the center stringing hole will be.
  3. Zip it up. Once you're happy with the size of the center stringing hole, check to make sure that the beads on the edges line up properly, and zip the piece into a tube.
  4. Add an edging. If you want to make your bead a little fancier, add a simple edging to cover the thread that will show on the edges of your bead. You can also cover the thread by using bead caps or flat glass washers or rondelles.
  5. Use your beaded bead! You can use beaded beads in so many ways: string them into a simple but beautiful necklace or bracelet, make a pair of beaded bead earrings, or put a single beaded bead on an eye pin, add some color coordinating dangles, and make a pendant.

Tips:

  1. If you are new to peyote stitch, start out by using cylinder beads like Delicas or Toho Treasures. Cylinder beads will line up easier and you'll be able to see if the beads on the edges of your piece of peyote stitch is properly lined up.
  2. Make a rainbow of beaded beads using lots of different colors of beads - it's a great way to use up leftover beads!

What You Need

  • Cylinder beads and/or seed beads in size 11, 15 and/or 8
  • Beading thread
  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Accent beads like druks, gemstones or crystals

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