Monday, April 18, 2011

Totally tubular beaded beads

On my beading mat April 18th, 2011:
I'm making really super fast and easy peyote beaded beads by stitching small flat strips and zipping them together into tubes. I'm making a ton of them in about every shade of green Delica I have–and if you know me, you know I have a lot of green beads! I made tubes using some shiny hexes too.I am just tubing away, because I need to have as many components as I can in order to play when I make whatever it is I will make. Yesterday Mike and I drove to Baltimore (met friends, had Bertha's mussels) and I beaded in the car all the way there and all the way back!

Tip for car beading--work in larger sizes, it's easier to get your needle through larger bead holes if your needle is bumping around! I worked in size 8 hexes and size 10 Delicas. Hardly any finger stabbing at all. ;-)

I'll be combining the tubes with the Swarovski Dorado 2X crystal bicones #5328 into... something! Stay tuned!


  1. Wouldn't it be fun to have a big tube bead swap meet? Have a group work on using up all those tiny portions left over in their stash, then meet to mix and match!

  2. Can't wait to see what you create!

  3. Wow, I do love your tubular beaded beads, how did you make them ? I am very much a novice at this craft and any help would be appreciated. I live in the UK and I do much of my jewelry making at home using Preciosa components. I do love these as they have such a range of colours and shapes.

  4. These beads are simple--and a great newbie beader project. Work 5 rows in even count peyote using as many beads as you want the length of the finished tube to be: 8, 10 etc. Cylinder beads are great for peyote. Roll the beaded strip into a tube and zip together by weaving through the "out" beads. Learn even count peyote from my Doodlebeads video here!