GET THAT SOFT
AND FLEXIBLE FEEL
(for circular peyote beadweaving using a form)
One of the hardest things to learn about beadweaving is how to
get that soft and flexible feel to your work. Most often when
starting out it has a very stiff brocade kind of feel. Sometimes
this is preferable depending upon the application. To achieve
a softer more flexible feel, try this tip.
Size your form (toilet paper roll)
by stringing your first row of beads and making it into a loop.
Slide the loop over the split roll (only one side is cut) and
keep it near the bottom edge, tape that end, slide the beads
to the other side and tape it. Slide the beads off and tape the
roll firmly shut.
Now for the tip:
If you were to use this form
as is, your piece would come out too tight. Use an index card
(like a recipe card or use the inserts in magazines, you know
those anoying sign-up cards? They actually come in handy!) and
ROLL it around your form tightly, TAPE it on firmly, and along
the edge, you will need it to go around at least TWICE (if your
form is small,
cut off the excess first before taping shut.) This will give
you the necessary space to keep your beadweaving from being too
tight. There should be AT LEAST a 3 bead GAP once you slide your
bead loop back on, don't worry, it will dissapear after the first
"Branch" fringe which has wonderful applications for
Add beads to desired length.
Go back up to where you want the first
"branch." Usually 4 - 6 beads or more depending on
how dense you want your fringe to be.
Eay embellishment ideas, add a larger or
unique bead on the end of each branch, use different colored
end beads, or diferent colored branches.
for future reference.