FREE beading pattern for Bugle Deco Necklace

This design is a geometric V-shaped necklace using Czech #3 (6.4mm) bugle beads and 11/0 seed beads.  It is pictured below with the Bugle Deco Earrings pattern from my previous post as the pendant, but really could be used with any pendant.  As always, when working with bugle beads, I recommend using Fireline to keep the sharp edges of the bugle beads from severing the thread.  When making the pendant for this necklace, I substituted the 6/0-8/0 bead at the top with a regular 11/0 seed bead, since no jump ring has to go through it to attach to the necklace.  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Bugle Deco Necklace

FREE beading pattern: Bugle Deco Necklace

Zoom/Print Instructions:

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FREE beading pattern for Bugle Deco Earrings

The geometric angles in this design give it an Art Deco feel from the Roaring Twenties.  These earrings are fairly quick to make, and require round beads or crystals (4mm, 6mm, and 8mm), Czech #3 (6.4mm) bugle beads, 11/0 seed beads, plus an 8/0 or 6/0 bead at the top to put a jump ring through.  This design works equally well with smaller Czech11/0 seed beads (like the orange/gold and aqua/silver examples) or larger TOHO 11/0 seed beads (like the red/bronze and silver/clear examples).  Using the larger TOHO beads result in a slightly more elongated shape.  The last few photos show the pattern works equally well as a pendant to accompany the earrings.  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Bugle Deco Earrings

FREE beading pattern: Bugle Deco Earrings

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page). 

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FREE beading pattern for Trinity Necklace

This design is all about groups of three, which inspired its title.  This pattern requires 6mm and 4mm round beads or pearls, 6mm bicone crystals, and 1 or 2 colors of 11/0 seed beads.  Smaller Czech 11/0 seed beads work just as well as larger TOHO 11/0 seed beads do with this design.  Using the larger seed beads results in slightly larger triangle components.  This difference can be seen in both close-up images, which show the smaller seed bead components above the larger seed bead components for comparison.  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Trinity Necklace

FREE beading pattern: Trinity Necklace

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).

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FREE beading pattern for Tudor Cross Pendant

I really love how this pendant turned out!  It comes in two flavors: Diamond-shaped and Cross-shaped.  Both require Superduos, 4mm and 6mm round beads or pearls, and 11/0 seed beads.  When experimenting with different color combinations, I found that a higher-contrast seed bead color accentuated the outline of the cross-shape better.  Between the smaller Czech 11/0 seed beads and larger TOHO 11/0 seed beads, I found the smaller ones worked slightly better.  However, larger TOHO beads still worked in this pattern (see the dark copper and bronze examples below).  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Tudor Cross Pendant

FREE beading pattern: Tudor Cross Pendant

Zoom/Print Instructions:

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Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page). 

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DIY Sweater Clip in 3 Easy Steps

This is a bit different from previous posts, as this beading project utilizes pliers and glue instead of needle and thread.  I have been on the look-out for a nice sweater clip for my open-front sweaters (or even a cape clip or dress clip I can use as a sweater clip).  I prefer the clips to be close together to cinch in at the waist, but most of the clips I’ve found are too far apart for that.  So I found a way to make my own, and I absolutely love them!  They hold thick or thin sweaters without snagging, and can be created with casual or formal looks.  The materials are inexpensive, and these sweater clips make great Christmas gifts.  I hope you enjoy this project!

DIY Sweater Clip

DIY Sweater Clip Using Double-Link Beads

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clips

Materials

  • 2 large flat-back beads (can be single-link, double-link, or single-hole flat beads)
  • 2 clip-on earring backs
  • jewelry or metal glue
  • jump rings and pliers
  • chain (optional)
DIY Sweater Clip Materials

DIY Sweater Clip Materials

Step 1:

Glue the earring clips to the back of the beads.  For single-link or single-hole beads, earring clip should point towards the link or hole.  For double-link beads, earring clip should point in between the links.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 1

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 1

Step 2:

Bend the ends of the earring clips 90-degrees in.  This allows the clip to grab and not slip off the sweater, and to hold without snagging.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 2

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 2

For greater grip, you can snip out a small section at the end of the clip to create two teeth, using wire cutters:

DIY Sweater Clip: step 2b

DIY Sweater Clip: Step 2b

Step 3:

Connect the two beads using jump rings and chains, with the clips facing outwards.  If using single-hole flat beads, connect them with a wire first (with a loop at each end), then add a chain via jump rings.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 3a

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 3a

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 3b

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 3b

More Examples:

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clip Using Single-Hole Beads

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clip Using Link Beads

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