Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Seed Bead Stitch Markers

In one of my Rav groups we got to talking about seed bead stitch markers and the various methods to make them. This is my method, enjoy! :)


* Size 15 or 11 Seed beads: Size depends on the size you want your markers. Size 15 are very tiny beads and will help produce a very tiny marker. I usually use size 11 for bigger markers.
* 2 mm Crimp Beads
* Beadalon or Softflex: I use Beadalon since I can easily find it in at my local craft store, Softflex usually has to be ordered or purchased at your LBS.
* Optional: 4mm focal bead or charms. Note: Charms usually come with a little ring (jump ring) to hang from a chain, usually these are too big. I recommend getting 2mm jump rings instead.
* For bead charms you will need 1 1/2” - 2” headpins depending on the size of your beads.


* Crimping Pliers or Jewelry Flat Nose Pliers

* For Bead Charms you will also need Jewelry round nose pliers.


1. Make any bead charms you will use for your markers
2. Cut a piece of bead wire about 3” long. You can adjust this length as desired.
3. String your design of beads onto wire. You can do all beads for dangle free markers, or add a charm in the middle.
4. String on crimp bead on one end. Take the opposite end of the bead wire and string it through the opposite end of the crimp bead. Your wires will cross as illustrated below: (amount of beads strung are for illustration purposes only, you will need more)

5. While pulling both wires snug either crimp the crimp bead or squeeze it tightly with your flat nose pliers to secure the wire and crimp bead in place.
6. Enjoy!


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