This vintage-like brooch doubles as a pendant. Wear as is to accent your lapel, or string onto a chain or cord of your choice for a fashionable necklace. Cool colors are perfect for every season.
Cut Lacy's Stiff Stuff beading medium to a 2x2-inch square. Using a dowel or toothpick glue the cabochon in the center of the beading medium; allow the glue to dry.
Cut one yard of Nymo® and thread on a needle; knot the end of the thread. Do not double the thread.
Pass the needle and thread up from underneath the beading foundation pulling until the knot is flush against the underside and the needle is a beads width away from the cabochon.
Backstitch around the cabochon with the size 15 seed beads. (see below for instructions on the backstitch)
Following the shape of the cabochon, backstitch a second row of size 15 seed beads half-way around the cabochon. Keep the stitches snug.
Stitch the 4mm turquoise beads onto the beading foundation using the backstitch method, going through the larger beads twice to secure.
Following the curve of the cabochon, stitch bugle beads on using the backstitch method stitching to the end of the second row of size 15 seed beads.
Backstitch a row of size 11 seed beads the rest of the way around the cabochon; adding in the 4mm Czech glass bead where you'd like it.
Tie off a knot on the back of the beadwork when the beading is completed.
Carefully cut out the brooch as close to the beading as possible taking care not to cut the threads.
Glue the pin back finding to the back of the beadwork; allow the glue to dry.
Cut the leather to a 2x2-inch square. Using the pencil, make marks on the leather indicating where the pin back finding openings will go.
Cut small slits where the marks are drawn.
Slide the leather over the finding.
Using a dowel or toothpick, spread a small, even layer of glue to the back of the beadwork and secure the suede to the beadwork; allow the glue to dry.
Thread a needle with about 12 inches of single thread and tie a knot at the end.
Bury the knot somewhere in the edge of the beadwork coming out between the beading and the suede.
Begin picot brick stitch around the edges. Pass the needle down through the leather. Pick up three size 15 seed beads.
Pass the needle up through the leather and through the beadwork edge.
Pass the needle up through just the last bead on your thread and pull the beads snug against the edge.
Pick up two size 15 seed beads.
Pass the needle down through the edge of the beadwork once again.
Pass your needle up through the last bead on your thread and pull snug. Continue around the entire piece with two seed beads.
When this row is complete, weave the needle down through the beadwork tying off several knots.
Clip the threads.
To add a simple drop, cut 12 inches of thread and place a needle on both ends.
String on the drop and let it flow to the center of the thread.
String on the desired beads on either side of the threads keeping it equal on both sides.
Find the center three picots on the bottom edge of your brooch.
Pass one needle through the picot point to the immediate right of the three picots.
Pass the other needle through the picot point on the immediate left of the three center picot points.
Weave the threads through the edges of the beadwork, through the beading on the brooch and tie off several knots. Clip the threads.
This can be worn as a brooch or using the neckpiece component worn as a pendant. Simply open the pin back, slide the neckpiece component onto the pin and close the clasp.
Slide the pendant onto the desired chain, choker or beadwork.
Add two beads and pull them down to the foundation, laying them in the direction you want them to go.
Pass your needle down through the foundation next to where the second bead rests, pulling all the thread and beads down tight to the foundation.
Then pass the needle back up from the underside of the beadwork where your first bead was strung.
Pass your needle through the beads one more time exiting the second bead.
String on two more beads and pass the needle down through the foundation against the 4th bead.
Come back up between the 1st and 2nd beads, pass through the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beads again, and string on two more beads. Continue on in this manner.
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