Learn how to make a stunning peyote cuff embellished with seed beads and O Beads. This project was inspired by a beautiful cuff made by Jane Harris using the same peyote base but embellished with a beautiful mixture of different coloured 4mm Swarovski Crystal beads.
11/0 Miyuki Beads in Duracoat Galvanised Champagne (you will have a lot of beads left over from a 24g tube)
15/0 Miyuki Beads in Fuchsia Lined Crystal (you will have a lot of beads left over from a 24g tube)
O Beads – Crystal Sliperit (1 tube is sufficient unless you really heavily embellish the cuff – we only used one tube in our example)
10mm Amethyst Round Swarovski Crystal Bead
Fireline Beading Thread
Size 12 Beading Needles
Step 1 – Peyote Base:
1. Thread your needle with a 2 meter length of Fireline beading thread. Pick up 1 11/0 and bring the thread back around the bead to create a “stop” bead:
2. Now pick up a further 9 11/0 beads:
3. Now pick up another 11/0, skip the last bead that you threaded and go through the next bead. Continue adding beads in this way until you get to the end of the row:
4. Now your row will look a little like this (a bit like a zip!). The beads that stick up are often referred to as the “up” beads, and the recessed beads are often referred to as the “down” beads:
5. For the next row pick up a bead and go through the last bead that sticks up from the first row. The beads that you are adding will fit into the recessed spaces:
6. Continue adding rows this way until the bead work is the desired length – approx 15cm is an average length.
Step 2 – Adding the picot edge:
1. Thread your needle with a 2 meter length of thread and join into your beadwork by tying the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead. Exit one of the 11/0 beads in the edge of the cuff and pick up 3 15/0 beads. Go through the next 11/0 in the edge of the cuff. Continue all the way down one side of the peyote beadwork. Take your needle and thread back through the beadwork to the other edge of the cuff and repeat.
Step 3 – Creating a basic bead toggle:
You will need a large bead either 8mm or 10mm works well and 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads, beading needle (size 12) and beading thread (Fireline or S-Lon).
Take your thread so that it exits a bead in the centre of your beadwork. Pick up 10 seed beads followed by an 8mm or 10mm bead. Pick up one more seed bead:
Now miss out the last seed bead threaded and take your needle back through the 8mm or 10mm bead. At this point you can either go back through the line of 10 seed beads that you added in step 1 or thread on another 10 seed beads as shown below:
Now take your needle back through the beadwork and back through all of the beads in the clasp to reinforce it. Finish off your thread by sewing back into the beadwork and knotting the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead and trim.
To make the loop for the other side of the clasp pick up a quantity of seed beads that will just fit around your 8mm or 10mm bead – you don’t want it too tight but too loose will cause the clasp to fall open. Sew back into the bead that you exited your beadwork from and go back through all the beads in the loop to reinforce. Finish off your thread by sewing back into the beadwork and knotting the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead and trim.
Step 4 – Embellishing the peyote cuff
1. Thread your needle with a 2 meter length of thread and join into your beadwork by tying the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead. Exit one of the 11/0 beads in the cuff and pick up 1 O Bead and one 15/0. Miss out the 15/0 and go back through the O Bead and through the base of the cuff. Sew into an 11/0 in the cuff base and exit at the front of the cuff. Continue adding O Beads to the front of the cuff until you are happy with the effect – you can add as many or as few as you like!
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