Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beadwork's 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest: Sneak Peek!

For those of you who have been following Beadwork Magazine's 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Series, I received permission from the magazine's editors to put together a special sneak preview of the fifth design in the series! Now presenting... The Dewdrop Beaded Bead:
This design came about after I created a related bracelet with tila beads and drop seed beads. I thought the bracelet pattern might look nice as a beaded bead, so I wrapped a small portion of it around a round core bead and joined the ends together. Then I wove in some netted caps to each side, and this barrel-shaped tila-and-teardrop design was born.
The Dewdrop beaded bead uses the three standard sizes of Japanese seed beads, Miyuki's two-hole tila beads, and fringe drop beads in both the 3.4 mm and 2.8 mm sizes. I've woven it in several color palettes, and several other variations are possible which I discuss in the pattern.
The Dewdrop Beaded Bead pattern will be published in the October/November issue of Beadwork Magazine. More information about the 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest is available on the Beading Daily website. Check out my versions of the previous beaded beads in this series here, here, here, and here.


  1. Gorgeous beaded beads! <3

    I made my very first beaded bead just a few days ago. They're addictive, aren't they? The possibilities are endless.

  2. Your design looks great. I have been following along with the previous beads, and look forward to the new issue. I'm glad to have a sneak preview, as I will have to purchase some of the required beads for this one.
    One of the other beads was a real challenge, but I did manage to conquer it, and I am ready for the next one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks! Beaded beads are quite addictive, and the possibilities are indeed endless.
    I'm glad that you found this preview useful! I figured that tila beads and small drop seed beads aren't in everyone's bead stash. Since the contest deadline is so soon after the design's publication date, the editors agreed that this sneak peek would help everyone to obtain the needed materials. I'd love to see your versions of these beaded beads!

  4. Thank you for the sneak preview. I cannot wait to see the instructions. It looks like an awesome bead!


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