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TUTORIAL Great Balls of Spikes Beadwoven Beaded Bead INSTANT DOWNLOAD



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A tutorial for a wonderful exuberant ball of Czech spike beads or Czech gumdrops, held in place by a network of seed beads and Czech fire polished beads. The beaded ball is hollow and self supporting, and can be beaded in a couple of hours by a confident intermediate beader using Netting and Modified Right Angle Weave. This beaded bead forms one of a series of pieces which I made for a project called 'Beading Beaded Beads' which you can read about on my blog www.theindecisivebeader.com.

The finished black, white & neon pink version of this piece is available in my Etsy shop, so if you're not a beadweaver but still love it why not have a look and buy a ready made unique pendant, or contact me to request a custom version?

The nine page tutorial contains a full materials list, with suggestions for colour schemes, and every step is fully illustrated with a detailed diagram showing thread paths etc, as well as being written out clearly (in English).

You will need:
12 Czech Spikes (7mm x 17mm) or Gumdrops (7mm x 10mm)
3mm Fire-polished or Round beads
Size 11 seed beads in a highlight colour
Size 8, 11 & 15 seed beads in the main colour
Size 11 seed beads in the secondary colour
Beadweaving needles, thread of your choice, scissors.
Materials packs are available in my Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/476701081/materials-pack-for-great-balls-of-spikes (spikes) and https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/476702591/materials-pack-for-great-balls-of-spikes (gumdrops).

The tutorial will available through Etsy for you to download as a PDF as soon as possible after Etsy detects a cleared payment.

EU buyers please note that Etsy adds VAT on top of the £5 selling price - in my PayHip shop I am able to include the VAT in the £5 price, so you may prefer to buy your instant download there. It's exactly the same product - https://payhip.com/b/5Ywo

As a beader who designs and sells largely to support my own out of control bead buying habit, you may make from my tutorials to sell (in small quantities only) so you can buy lots more beads (and tutorials), but please ensure you give me full credit as designer.
Please do respect my rights as a designer and do not pass finished pieces off as your own design, teach the design, or reproduce this tutorial or the images in it in any way. Please see my FAQs for further details. Thank you!

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Alisa 21 Jul, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This was a fun pattern! You do have to trust the process because it can be a bit ‘loosy goosy’ when you are making it. But it comes out great! Now to just find more spikes!!

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Cate Jones 16 Feb, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous pattern and I cant wait to make it! THank you!

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Linda Taylor 15 Dec, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

really like this pattern. I chose different colours and loved how it turned out

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Kathleen Earles 18 Aug, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

thorough pattern by which to learn bead embroidery. presents several colorways

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