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In this tutorial I will share the evolution of a design with you, giving you a few different designs to play with in the process, from simple earrings to the more complex large pod design, with a few design tangents in between.

The components could all be used together in a much larger piece with the large pod as the focal, the smaller pods alongside and the star components as the straps.

The small pods would work well as earrings to match the large pod as a pendant.

Larger earrings could be made with superduos and size 11 seed beads using the simple star design.

All in all, the options are many.

The patterns requirements vary according to what item you choose to make. Materials include: Superduos, Miniduos, size 15 Miyuki seed beads, 3mm bicones or 2mm pearls, size 11 Miyuki seed beads (large pod only), DiamonDuos (small pod only), wire guardians, findings, 4lb Fireline. I used a size 10 Tulip needle and swapped to a size 12 Tulip for the tight thread passes, although a slightly thicker needle would also have worked for them.

The Northern Star is suitable for a beginner, the other items are suitable for a beginner with a little experience and those ready to start to try intermediate patterns. It is very detailed and thorough so easy for a beginner to follow. It does require firm tension and there are some tight thread passes.

I am happy for you to sell items made using the tutorial locally, in galleries and at local craft fairs. I do not permit the selling of items made using the tutorial on the internet. I also do not permit mass production of items made using the tutorial. Please credit me as the designer.

If you would like to buy a finished piece of jewellery please contact me to discuss it.

Please note, the pattern is written in ENGLISH only. The photographs are clear and detailed so many beaders will manage to create pieces using the photographs alone.

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Carol Paris

Northern Star Pod Pendants, Bracelet & Earring Tutorial



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  • Materials: superduos, miniduos, diamonduos, size 15 Miyuki seed beads, size 11 Miyuki seed beads, 3mm bicones, 2mm pearls, 4lb fireline, wire guardians, findings
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