Beaded Ornament Tutorials 2

Beaded ornaments

First, you need an ornament. If you want, you can remove the color by soaking in bleach or ammonia (do not combine these!). Some gentle scrubbing may be needed. If there is color on the inside of the ornament, add some salt to the liquid and shake gently til it all comes off. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Next you need beads. I use seed beads (size 11 mostly), bugle beads and then whatever larger beads I can find. I try to keep the larger beads under 15mm. I mostly use the cheap seed and bugle beads available at Wallyworld or chain craft stores. I prefer silver lined seed beads for the sparkle.

You also need beading thread, beading needles (size 12 is a nice size), sissors, and clear glue for sealing knots (I use Fray Check for fabric).

These ornaments aren’t only for Christmas nor do you have to use traditional Christmas colors. I’m making one in pink!

This is the second type of netting. I call it diamond netting.

String enough seed beads (main color) to fit around the neck of your ornament. Keep it an even number. You may want to make every other bead a 2nd color (accent color) to make it easier to find later.

Tie into a circle and pass through enough beads so that you are coming out of an accent color bead (the blue ones in the pic).

Now you have 2 choices. Simple diamond or diamond and long diamond.

Simple is better for small ornaments. I’m doing the long diamond variation. I’m also adding a larger bead to the intersections, which is optional. What is in ( ) in the instructions are the extra beads.

If you end with a long diamond:

String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed (one larger, one seed), one bugle, one seed ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed (one larger), This is one diamond, one long diamond. Add more as need to fit your ornament. End it with one more seed bead.

Another way of saying it would be:

Diamond – 2 sets of seed, bugle, seed, separated by a larger bead, with a larger bead at the beginning and end as well.

Long Diamond – 3 sets of seed, bugle, seed, separated by a larger bead, with a larger bead at the beginning and end as well

But don’t double up on larger beads.

I’ve probably just confused you more.

Keep in mind that you may have redo the first few rows a few times. It’s difficult to tell how many beads to use until you have several rows done and can see how much room the diamonds use. I’m trying 3 sets of diamond-long diamond for mine.

If you end with a long diamond:

Skip the last bead and go back thru the 2nd to last bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru the 4th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top. Now if all goes well and you counted right, you should come out even. If not, just try again. This looks difficult and to be honest, the first few rows are confusing, but after that it’s very obvious what to do next…til you get to the end lol.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring.

**** String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead of the 2nd row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (larger bead), the bugle and the 5th accent (larger).

Repeat these 2 steps to the bottom. When you get to the 2nd to last accent (larger) stop. We’ll finish this row and start the next all in one step.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger), one seed, skip the last bead and go thru the 2nd to last one. String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring. ****

Repeat the part in between the **** until you are coming out of the 2nd to last bead in the ring before the starting bead in the ring. You may do this on or off the ornament, I prefer off the ornament til near the end.

Well, I was wrong on the length so had to start over. This time it’s 2 sets plus a regular diamond.

If you end with a regular diamond:

Skip the last bead of the first row and go back thru the 2nd to last bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed ,

Go thru the 3rd accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top. Now if all goes well and you counted right, you should come out even. If not, just try again. This looks difficult and to be honest, the first few rows are confusing, but after that it’s very obvious what to do next…til you get to the end lol.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring.

**** String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead of the 2nd row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (larger bead), the bugle and the 5th accent (larger).

Repeat these 2 steps to the bottom. When you get to the 2nd to last accent (larger) stop. We’ll finish this row and start the next all in one step.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger), one seed, skip the last bead and go thru the 2nd to last one. String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 3rd accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring. ****

Repeat the part in between the **** until you are coming out of the 2nd to last bead in the ring before the starting bead in the ring. You may do this on or off the ornament, I prefer off the ornament til near the end.

Turns out that 2 sets plus a regular diamond was wrong too. It’s just 2 sets, which puts me back to ending with a long diamond.

Now on to joining the 2 sides. It’s probably best to do this on the ornament. Do the second to last row as normal. It’s when you get to the bottom and start going back up that you join things together. It’s a lot like zippering together the sides.

Ending with a long diamond:

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead from the bottom of the first row, along with the seeds, bugle and the 3rd from the bottom accent (larger) bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the first last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

Continue like this to the top. When you are to the top, go thru the circle seed bead as usual. You should not be able to tell where you joined the netting when you are done.

Ending with a regular diamond:

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead from the bottom of the first row

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 3rd from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the first last row, along with the seeds, bugle and the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 6th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

Continue like this to the top. When you are to the top, go thru the circle seed bead as usual. You should not be able to tell where you joined the netting when you are done.

You can stop here as it’s very pretty just like this or embellish.

Variations:

Skip 2 or 3 beads in the ring instead of just one. This only works with ornaments with a wide neck. It will spread the netting out more.

Getting ready for fringe:

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, it will still be too long. You’ve got several options:

1. Weave down to the bottom of the ornament. Connect the last seed bead of each row into a circle and pull tight. Go thru the beads again. It will hang loose but there are still things you can do with it.

2. Only weave down to the point where if you connect it, it’ll be tight. I’m not so fond of this one as it makes the extra bits all spikey. You can weave thru the extra bit, connecting them to try to straighten them out.

Fringe:

All the fringe ideas of the last tut also work for this type of ornament.

Balloon Fringe

There is one type of fringe that only works if you’ve connected this type of netting at the very bottom and it’s too long. Think of a hot air balloon. A large bead, beaded basket or some other basket of the right size can be attached to the bottom and the whole ornament will look like a hot air balloon. If you’re using a non beaded basket, be sure to embellish it before attaching it.

This would look so cute with the basket filled with candy.

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Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 10:15 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I SO want to do this for Christmas!


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