I recently purchased a small package of Miyuki 24 karat gold plated Delicas, and they have raised my bead stitched pendants to a whole new level of glam. I am so glad I made that purchase. They’re a little pricey, but I got a decent deal through Artbeads. Typically when I am beading, an occasional seed bead goes flying off onto the floor. They’re so inexpensive that I don’t bother looking for them. They disappear when I vacuum. But not these guys. So far none have bounced off, but if they do, I’ll be down on the floor with a mag light.
I used all Delica’s: white, gold, turquoise and aqua. Along with Fireline beading thread.
I created this simple diamond pattern for my first project with the gold beads. I started my project at the longest row of the bottom diamond. I worked my rows going down to it’s point, and tied off my thread. Then I picked up the tail at that longest row and continued working rows to the top of the white diamond.
To get started I added a stop bead to my thread.
1 – Add 1 gold and 1 aqua bead. Pass needle from left to right through gold bead.
2 – Pass needle down through aqua bead.
3 – Pass needle up through gold bead.
4 – Pass needle back down through aqua bead. Beads should be sitting side by side.
5 – Add 1 aqua bead to your needle and pass it down through your previous aqua bead.
6 – Pass needle back up through the last aqua bead.
7 – Pull tight.
8 – Continue steps 5 – 7 to complete your first row.
9 – Add 1 gold bead and 1 aqua bead to your needle. Pass your needle through the top threads between the 2nd and 3rd beads of your first row.
10 – Pass needle up through aqua bead just added.
11 – Pass needle down through gold bead just added.
12 – Pass needle back up through aqua bead. Pull tight.
13 – Your work should look like number 13 photo below.
14 – Pick up 1 bead and pass needle through threads of next 2 beads from 1st row.
15 – Pass needle back up through last bead added.
Repeat steps 14 & 15 until your row is finished.
16 – Continue rows until there are 2 in last row. Add bead and pass needle down through bead that is next to the one your thread is exiting.
17 – Pass your needle back up through the bead next to the one you just exited. Pass needle through all 3 beads a second time, then tie off your thread.
Remove the stop bead from your starting point, and thread it onto your needle.
Continue stitching all rows until you’ve completed the other end of the pendant.
Before tieing off your thread, add 5 beads and pass through the last bead of the pendant. Go around a second time. Tie off your thread.
You can now add a jump ring into the loop you just created. You’re now ready to add it to a necklace jewelry chain!