Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beadwork's 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest: Cube Cluster

I completed my version of the second beaded bead in Beadwork's 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead series, Gwen Fisher's Cube Cluster (check out my previous post in this series here).
This is a sister design to Gwen and Florence's popular Octahedral Cluster beaded bead; it uses the same lace overlay technique over a hollow cluster of beads, only with the geometry of a cube instead of an octahedron. The result is a slightly larger beaded bead (about 1 inch in diameter) which is a great size for focal bead, with a hole large enough to accommodate a cord or a chain.
After weaving together many Octahedral Clusters in the past, the Cube Cluster was quite fun to construct. My color palette was dictated by the 8 mm round beads and 3 mm fire polish beads that I had on hand, but I combined these brown and metallic beads with green patina seed beads for a near-neutral color scheme. I'm amazed the sturdiness of this hollow beaded bead; an inch in diameter and no squish!
This design can be challenging to construct if you're unfamiliar with the lace overlay technique. If you've constructed an Octahedral Cluster before, I think you'll be able to weave together a Cube Cluster from the abridged version of its pattern in the current issue of Beadwork magazine. The full pattern is available from beAd Infinitum in a 2-for-1 deal with the Octahedral Cluster pattern. Both beaded beads complement each other quite well (as you can see in this photo Florence posted in her Facebook album).
The Cube Cluster beaded bead pattern can be found at beAd Infinitum, and an abridged version can be found in the April/May issue of Beadwork Magazine. More information about the 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest is available on the Beading Daily website.


  1. Brown never looked this good before. Wow. It's a stunning color combination. Thank you, Cindy, for the nice article about my pattern as well as the beautiful photos.

  2. Thanks for your comment on my site, Cindy! As I am a HUGE fan of beaded beads, I'm delighted to find and join yours. I'm having a great deal of fun with the beads for this contest; we'll have to touch base when the next one comes out! Can't wait to see yours....

  3. Thanks Lori! I'm honored to be contributing a design to this series of beaded beads. Mine will be the last in the series, to be published in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine. But in the meantime, I'm having lots of fun creating the rest of them. I can't wait to see Cindy Daniel's beaded bead - hers is the only one I haven't seen yet.


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