Ornaments with Czech Pressed Glass Beads and Seed Beads
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Christmas with The Twin™
The new Twin two-hole seed bead from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand provides much more creativity and options during creative work with Czech seed beads. Try using it during the preparation of a Christmas decoration. In this manual, we will tell you how to make the Christmas seed bead lace on a glass bauble step by step. We wish you merry Christmas beadwork with the Twin seed bead.
Begin the production of the lace netting from the centre of the seed bead decoration which will be placed on the lower section of the bauble at the end. String 10x Twin (T) seed beads and create a single flower by pulling the line back through the strung T in the same direction once again. Pull tight and secure with a knot (figure no. 1a). Create the loop for hanging the pendant from imitation pearls using rocailles (R). String 8x R and pass the line through the second R one more time, add 1 R and tighten well. Pass the line through the two adjacent Twins from the initial flower, then pass the line through all of the R from the hanging loop once again, tighten well and secure by tying both ends of the line which you should then pass through the nearest holes of the seed beads and cut it (figure no. 1b).
Form ten arms from the initial flower: these will constitute the dividing lines in the decoration in the direction towards the top section of the ball. Pass the line through the second hole of the T, string 14x R, 1x T, 3x R, 1x T, 4x R, 1x T, 5x R, 1x T, 7x R, 1x T, 7x R, 1x T, 5x R, 1x T, 4x R, 1x T, 3x R, 1x T, 10x R, 1x T and 3x R. Count off the 3 R after the last T and pass the line through this seed bead stringing, leave out the first 3 R in the initial flower, tighten the entire arm, add 3x R and pass the end of the line through the second hole of the next T from the initial flower and repeat this entire process in a single direction a total of 5x, then repeat the same in the opposite direction a further 5x: during the first stringing, you must only start with 13x R and during the last stringing only add 2x R. In this way, you will have completed all of the 10 arms: tighten well and end by tying both ends of the line which you should then pass through the nearest holes of the seed beads and cut (figure no. 2).
Now connect all of the individual arms and string the base of the entire lace net onto the bauble. Pass the line through the second hole of one of the end T, then alternately string 4x R, another end T and 5x R and repeat this at least 5x. Before connecting this ring, pass the neck of the glass bauble through it and spread the entire lace netting over the surface of the bauble. Pass the line through the connecting ring stringing one more time, tighten firmly and end by tying both ends of the line which is then passed through the nearest holes of the seed beads and cut (figure no. 3).
During this phase, you will fill the area with rings between the individual arms of the lace netting directly on the bauble. Start at the first top T, pass the line through its second hole in the upward direction, string 12x R, pass the line through the second hole of the adjacent T downwards, then proceed according to the drawing (figure no. 4) which shows the direction of the stringing and the number of individual seed beads. Create a total of 5 rings.
The procedure for the second stringing is described in figure no. 5 which also shows the direction of the stringing and the number of the individual seed beads. Start from the second T from above and end at the adjacent penultimate T from the bottom, create a total of 4 rings.
You have now covered the entire bauble with the lace netting and all that remains is to produce the pendant of imitation pearls. Pass the pin through the 8mm imitation pearl, create an eye loop and join it with the eyepin. String another 14mm imitation pearl onto it and then form another eye loop. Use a metal ring to connect these two beads with the seed bead loop on the lower section of the Christmas decoration. Now, the decoration is complete. Hang it using a ribbon or a wire hook.
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