Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How to Make a Crystal Bead Figurine

Beading is becoming a popular craft. It has left the world of flat two-dimensional jewelry and clothing direction and entered the world of three-dimensional figures. Some designs are very interact and complex, while others are very simple and perfect for kids crafts. Here is a simple doll for beginners.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:

  • 6 3 mm Swarovski Bicone
  • 2 5 mm Swarovski Bicone
  • 6 6 mm Swarovski Rivoli
  • 6 8 mm Swarovski Rivoli
  • 40 mm eyepin
  • 0.3 mm Nonelastic thread
  • Polymer clay doll head or large round or bicone bead.

    Making the Doll

  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of thread about 5 or 6 inches long, or longer if that makes it easier to work with.

    Thread two 3 mm bicone beads to mark the center of the thread.

    On the each side of them thread one 3mm bicone bead and one 3mm bicone bead.

    Re thread the end of the thread through each 5 mm bicone bead respectively.

    Add a 3 mm bicone to each respective end of the thread.

    Knot the thread and cut off the excess as close to the beads as possible.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a piece of thread about 5 or 6 inches long, or longer if that makes it easier for you to work with.

    Thread six 6 mm rivoli beads in a row.

    Knot the ends, forming a circle, cut the left over thread as close to the beads as possible.

    Repeat Steps 1 through 3 of this section with the 8 mm rivoli beads.

  3. Step 3

    Slide the circle of 8 mm rivoli beads on the eyepin followed by the circle of 6 mm rivoli beads then the bicone arms.

    Last, slide the doll head, or the bead you are using for the head, on the eyepin.

    Using the round nose pliers, roll the end of the eyepin down towards the head/bead to create a loop

Tips & Warnings
  • Sometimes the thread knots will come loose, a good way to prevent this is to dab them with clear glue or clear nail polish. It is not impartiality to make these figurines with Swarovski crystal beads, less expensive glass or even plastic beads will work just as nicely. To make things even easier, instead of assembling all the needed bead supplies yourself, try looking for prebagged kits. These kits will contain all the items needed to make the figurine except the tools and are found at local craft and bead stores. For the tools, any local hard ware supply store will have what you need, also local craft stores as well as beading and jewelry supply stores.

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