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Beaded Beads: Jewelry Inspiration, Patterns, and Tutorials

Updated on January 17, 2015
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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My beading hubs have been very well received so I'm writing another one. This time I decided to focus on beaded beads. This is not one of my particular fascinations right now like Czech dagger beads are, but it is a widely used technique with many possibilities for jewelry making. I have experimented with a few simple beaded beads and will probably experiment with more in the future. I have included a variety of beaded bead patterns, both for single beads and for projects that included beaded beads. I have also included examples of work with beaded beads. Enjoy and happy beading!

You can find all of the patterns that I reference in this hub by searching "beaded beads pattern" under the Supplies Tab on Etsy.

Please that unless it is specified otherwise, all patterns are: PDFs ONLY, for beginner beadweavers and beyond, and are for personal use only.

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Elegant Soiree - Large Burgundy Beaded Beads Earrings in Sterling Silver Cups

Beaded beads make wonderful earrings.  There are a number of different possibilities for the earring wires.
Beaded beads make wonderful earrings. There are a number of different possibilities for the earring wires. | Source
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Pattern #1: Japanese Screen Seed Bead Bracelet Kit

This listing is for the full kit with beads and wire. The beads included in this particular kit match the third photo in the listing. It is recommended that you have some experience with the peyote stitch before attempting this project. There are numerous color combination possibilities as well as ways to customize the bracelet such as different bead widths.

Crystal Beadwoven Pendant Unique Jewelry Golden Lace

This elegant beaded bead makes a beautiful pendant.  Matching beaded beads would make a perfect set for earrings or you could make a set of beads for a coordinating bracelet.
This elegant beaded bead makes a beautiful pendant. Matching beaded beads would make a perfect set for earrings or you could make a set of beads for a coordinating bracelet. | Source
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Pattern #2: Bead Jewelry PDF Pattern, Necklace, Stone and Glass with Beaded Beads

This tutorial combines beaded beads with glass beads to make a beautiful necklace. The color combinations and possibilities for bead components are endless.

3 tier Beadwoven necklace in turquoise, orange and white: Combine several beaded beads with wire work to create stunning pieces like this one.
3 tier Beadwoven necklace in turquoise, orange and white: Combine several beaded beads with wire work to create stunning pieces like this one. | Source
Incorporate beaded beads into your bracelet designs.
Incorporate beaded beads into your bracelet designs. | Source
Purple Slide Necklace Peyote Tube: A beaded bead, with or without embellishment, can make a gorgeous focal for a necklace or bracelet.
Purple Slide Necklace Peyote Tube: A beaded bead, with or without embellishment, can make a gorgeous focal for a necklace or bracelet. | Source
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Pattern #3: Chiricahua Necklace Pattern

This pattern combines two different beaded beads to create a necklace. The different sizes and shapes of the beads creates a beautiful, textured look. This pattern is appropriate for intermediate beadweavers and beyond. It uses right angle weave, spiral rope, and stringing techniques.

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Pattern #4: Blooming Beads - Volume One

One of Carol's most popular patterns to date is her Blooming Beads pattern package with four original beaded beads. It's not hard to see why this pattern set is so popular. As the beaded beads require odd count peyote, the package is appropriate for intermediate beaders and beyond.

Golden Beadwoven Necklace with Trinity Focal

I included this example in one of my triangle hubs, but it was too perfect not to include it here, too.  I love how she combines different beaded beads for this necklace.
I included this example in one of my triangle hubs, but it was too perfect not to include it here, too. I love how she combines different beaded beads for this necklace. | Source
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Pattern #5: TUTORIAL - Beadwoven Treasure - Crown Bead and Hana Ami motif

There are so many possibilities for this simple bead. I love how it can be used for pandora bracelets. The beaded beads add a unique touch to the bracelets.

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Pattern #6: Netted Beads Tutorial

This tutorial uses a netting technique to work up these little beads. The second photo in the listing shows a variation also included in the tutorial. The different sized beads coordinate perfectly for bracelets and necklaces.

Hannagan Meadow Beadwoven Necklace with Beaded Beads

This color combination and beading style is so elegant.
This color combination and beading style is so elegant. | Source
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Pattern #7: Beading Pattern - Temari Ball Bead Woven Pendant

This pattern takes the concept of a beaded bead to a whole new level with lots of fringe and embellishment. This pattern is appropriate for advanced beadweavers and beyond.

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Pattern #8: Beaded Bead Tutorial SATURN

This is a tutorial for creating a beaded bead around a wooden bead with additional embellishment. She has a separate pattern for the beaded bead without the embellishment, too. I've linked both below.

Amethyst-Kiwi Triple Bubble Earrings-Sterling Silver

Combine several beaded beads in the same style for earrings, pendants, necklaces, or bracelets.  Have fun mixing up the colors, beads, and beaded bead sizes.
Combine several beaded beads in the same style for earrings, pendants, necklaces, or bracelets. Have fun mixing up the colors, beads, and beaded bead sizes. | Source
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Pattern #9: Concave Quads

This pattern uses circular peyote stitch for a unique diamond shaped bead designed for a necklace or a pair of earrings. This is such a fun design.

Looking for a different type of homemade bead component? Make your own tube beads!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      You have shared some really beautiful designs. Thank you!

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      Darlene Yager 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! There are some very interesting and beautiful pieces here. I haven't read the hub yet but have book marked it to come back to.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks ladies!

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow!! You have some gorgeous stuff! My favorite is the 21st Century Slide Bracelet, it's beautiful! Wonderful hub, loved it!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Really great ideas and photos, my favorite is the earrings in the first photo. I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      september girl 5 years ago

      I love to make jewelry, although I admit I am not very good at it. I love this hub! Very interesting, useful and informative. I appreciate you sharing it with us. You have such talent! : )

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much! I hope that you got ideas for your own jewelry making from it.

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      cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hello there Random Creative! I too am from Wisconsin! Your beadwork is beautiful! I would love to learn how to make any of the above designs. How long does it take you to make one piece?

      Love your post and photos : )

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      miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

      Wow, beautiful pieces. I like the 20 century theme. Very talented!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks cre8iv! Always nice to meet someone else in Wisconsin. I can't take credit for the beadwork in this hub, but the creators definitely deserve that compliment. Some basic beadweaving knowledge is required for most beaded beads, but once you have some stitches down, basic beads aren't too tricky.

      The projects here vary greatly for how long they take to complete. Beadweaving is fairly time intensive so even a simple project typically takes a minimum of 1-2 hours.

      Thanks miccimom!

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      sheena 5 years ago

      i love your hub

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      The beaded beads are very beautiful to look at. I don't think I have the patience to learn beadweaving but I do enjoy looking at the designs. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Not everyone does. I certainly don't have the patience for other types of art work, such as wire wrapping. I'm glad that you still enjoy looking at beadweaving!

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      Glenda Mac Naughton 5 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my perspectives beaded earrings in your list - great range of other resources for me to explore now. Cheers Glenda

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're very welcome Glenda! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      My Granddaughter is into making beaded earrings. She doesn beautiful work, I think. I've bookmarked this Hub for her to go back and read again. Great info here.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome Mary. :) Thanks!

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      Mixed Kreations 4 years ago

      Gorgeous beadwork! You have some very unique and interesting designs. My favorites are the 3 tier necklace and the Japanese Screen seed bead. Beautiful work, Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      These designs are absolutely gorgeous. Great work.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you, Carol! I can't take credit for all of these designs, but they are all beautiful.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like the retro look that some of these have. The Hannagan Meadow Beadwoven Necklace is especially beautiful. You've but together a very nice collection of options for bead-crazy crafters. Nicely done.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, FlourishAnyway! Thanks. :)

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      Samita Sharma 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      I enjoyed reading this very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Priyanka Estambale 3 years ago from United States

      These are beautiful pieces of jewellery. Amazing!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, SamitaJassi and Wonder wool!

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Looks amazing!

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