Corona Crisis Crafting: Just Bead It

As you probably have noticed by now, crafting is my stress relief #1. I craft so I don’t kill. And right now, stress is getting high. Omicron is raging and our governments have abandoned us. I regularly get messages from the ministry of education that resemble WW 2 perseverance commands: complete bullshit and dangerous to follow (did you know, schools are safe because we wear masks. Nobody who says that has ever tried to make a kid wear a mask correctly for 6 hours and Covid doesn’t are if you mostly follow the rules).

Well, all in all I needed some pretty escape, I saw a tutorial on youtube and thought “I still have all those seed beads from Uli, for once I wouldn’t have to buy supplies”. Well, let’s put it like this: the cheap plastic seed beads were enough to let me try it out and conclude that I like it, so off to Etsy I went. Charly clearly lives in the land where glass sparkles, because no matter what type of beads one might need, you can’t do better than Czech glass beads.

There are different techniques for beading, so let’s start with the first one: The wheels on the bus go round and round:

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These are Miyuki delica beads, they are cylindrical. I found these flat patterns easier than the 3D ones we’ll see later. It’s a bit like crocheting doilies: skip here, add x there, repeat for the round, next round do this.

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Same technique, different pattern. These combine seed beads (roundish) with Bohemian crystals and white wax beads. If you wanted to try your hand at beading, I’d recommend something like this, they’re fairly straightforward and don’t take to much time. Unlike the next project…

Beaded necklace and earrings. The necklace consists of 9 beads that are individually made up of seed beads. The larger bead in the middle has rainbow colours, then symmetrically a blue, a red, a yellow and a green bead. They are strung with faceted black glass beads. The earrings are in the same style, multicolor. The other images show the same jewelry from different angles.

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These are all glass seed beads, except for the black ones, which are Bohemian crystals. After a while you get the hang of the 3D shapes, but until that a lot of cursing was involved. The last tecnique I want to try is block weaving, but for that I’ll have to wait for some supplies to arrive…



  1. says

    These are beautiful!

    Czech glass beads manufacture has a very long tradition going back several centuries. A significant part of that “Czech” tradition has been played by Sudeten German glassworkers. And it included theft of intellectual property from Venice Italians. Its history is long, colorful, and diverse like the beads themselves.
    We used to have a drawer full of beads but I think my sister took them for crafting.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    They are gorgeous. The round ones are reminiscent of one the kind of candies I really like (but the candies are button-shaped and pink or light blue).

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