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Peter Cottontail Napkin Ring

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Peter Cottontail Napkin Ring Instructions
Designed by Artbeads

This cute little bunny will make an impression, whether it's used as a napkin ring for a special Easter dinner or placed elsewhere around the home. This bunny by Eri Attebery is a bit more complicated to make than some of the other designs on our website, but we've included step-by-step instructions with helpful pictures to guide you through the entire process.

Bunny's Head (Back)

Step one:
Cut 36 inches of Fireline string and thread both ends with beading needles. Separate out 20 Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION bicones in Light Rose. Hold one end of the string in each hand. Pick up five pink bicones with the Right string. Pass the Left string through the last pink bicone, forming a circle. Center the circle on your string, pull tight.

As you string the remaining beads, you will move in a counterclockwise direction.

Step two:
Pick up four bicones with the Right string. Pass the Left string through the last pink bicone that you picked up. Pass the Left string through the pink bicone nearest to the one with which you ended so that both of your string ends are mirroring each other. Your design should now look like two interconnected circles.



Step three:
Pick up three bicones with the Right string. Pass the Left string through the last bicone that you picked up. Pass the Left string through the pink bicone nearest to the one with which you ended so that both sides of your design are mirrored. Your design should now look like three interconnected circles.



Step four:
Pick up three bicones with the Right string and pass the Left string through the last one. Pass the Left string through the bicone nearest the one with which you ended. Keep in mind that the beads you will need to pass through will be on the outer edge of your design.

Step five:
Pick up three bicones with the Right string and pass the Left string through the last one. Pass the Left string through the two pink bicones nearest the one with which you ended on the left side. Keep in mind that the bead through which you will need to pass will be on the outer edge of your design.

Step six:
Pick up the last two pink bicones with your Right string. Pass the Left string through them both and pull tight. Your design should now look like a half dome. You will want to position your dome so that it sits like a bowl. Your string should be on the right side of the dome, with one string pointing up and one pointing down.



Bunny's Head (Front)

You will now use the remainder of your beads. Hold the string pointing down in your left hand and the string pointing up in your right hand.

Step one:
Pick up two pink bicones with the Left string. Pick up one Swarovski 5810 6mm round pearl in Light Blue (the bunny's eye) with the Right string. Pass the Left string through the pearl and pull tight. Pass the Right string through the two pink bicones on the outer edge that are closest to the bottom of the Light Blue pearl.

Step two:
Pick up one pink bicone with each string, pass the Left string through the bead on the Right string, pull tight. Pass the Right string through the two pink bicones on the outer edge that are closest to the bottom of the bead with which you ended.

Step three:
Pick up one pink bicone with the Left string and one pearl (the other eye) with the Right string. Pass the Left string through the pearl. Pass the Right string through the two pink bicones on the outer edge that are closest to the bead with which you ended.

Step four:
Pick up one pink bicone with each string. Pass the Left string through right side bead. Pass the Right string through the two pink bicones on the outer edge that are closest to where you ended.

You also want to pass the Right string through the pink bicone directly above where the string is now exiting. Both sides will now be mirrored. Your right string should now be facing towards the right "eye."



Step five:
Pick up one pink bicone with the right string, and pass the Left string through it.

Bunny's Nose

Pick up one Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone White Opal with each string. Pick up the Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl in Black (the bunny's nose) with the Right string and pass the Left string through the Black pearl. Pick up one white bicone with each string. Pass the Left string through the left side blue "eye" pearl. Do the same with the right side "eye" and string. Now both strings should be exiting the top of the bunny's eyes going towards the top of his head.



Bunny's Ears

Pass the Right string through the two pink bicones directly above where your string is exiting so that the string ends up at the top center of the bunny's head. This is where your bunny's ears will start.

Step one:
Pick up five pink bicones and one round 11/0 ceylon light pink TOHO™ bead with the Right string. Pass the right string back through the last pink bicone added and pull tight. This is the point of the bunny's ear.

Step two:
Pick up four pink bicones with the same string, pass the string through a pink bicone on the bunny's head so that the string returns to the top center of the bunny's head.

Your string should be pointing towards the center of the bunny head and not towards the outside of the head. Set the Right string aside.

Now, we will build an ear on the left side.

Step three:
Heading for the top of the bunny's head,
pass the Left string through the two pink bicones so that this string is at the top center.
Also pass through the first pink bicone that makes up the right side ear.

Step four:
Pick up four pink bicones and one TOHO™ bead. Pass the string back through the last pink bicone that you added and pull tight.

Step five:
Pick up four more pink bicones. Pass the Left string through the pink bicone at the top of the bunny's head so that your string is exiting the bead and pointing towards the center, just under the ears. Pass both strings through to the backside of the bunny head and knot them behind the ears.



The Band

You can use any pattern you like to build the band. We used pink bicones and TOHO™ beads.

Step one:
Cut a length of Elonga approximately three times the length you really need. We chose to start at the pink bicone beside the blue "eye" pearl. Pass your string through the pink bicone and center the bicone on your string. Pick up six seed beads with both strings. With just one of your strings (it doesn't matter which one) pick up a pink bicone and pass through it with the opposite string. Pull tight.

We repeated this step one nine times, but you can make the band as big as you need it to be. After you've made the band as big as you want, pass the string through the pink bicone opposite the bead that you started from and knot your string. You can add a drop of superglue to the knots to keep them in place.



You can make this bunny in any size, using the same amount of beads.
Estimated time: 1 hour
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Elonga Multi-Strand Stretch Cord - 0.7mm (ELONG-07)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
The BeadSmith Assorted Sizes Big Eye Beading Needles 6-Pack (NEED-15)
The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 50 Yards (6LB Test) (FL06CR50)
Superglue gel (SPRGLUE)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Light Blue (5810-BLULT6, qty 2)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone White Opal (5328-WHOP6, qty 4)
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Black (5810-BLK4, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Ceylon Light Pink (TBRD11-911, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Rose (5328-ROLT6, qty 54)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Colorado Topaz (5328-LCT6)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone White Opal (5328-WHOP6)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Black Diamond (5328-BKD6)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black (5810-BLK6)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose (5810-PRO6)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Sterling Silver-Plated (TBRD11-714)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Transparent Lustered Light Amber (TBRD11-103)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Crystal (TBRD11-21)
The Beader's Companion (BOOK-21)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Light Blue
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Light Blue
Code: 5810-BLULT6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
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Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone White Opal
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone White Opal
Code: 5328-WHOP6
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Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Black
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Black
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Ceylon Light Pink
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Ceylon Light Pink
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Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Rose
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Rose
Code: 5328-ROLT6
Length 6mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
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Alternate Components

Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Colorado Topaz
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Light Colorado Topaz
Code: 5328-LCT6
Length 6mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.27 $0.24$0.24 $0.21$0.22 $0.19
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Black Diamond
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Black Diamond
Code: 5328-BKD6
Length 6mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.27 $0.24$0.24 $0.21$0.22 $0.19
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black
Code: 5810-BLK6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose
Code: 5810-PRO6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Sterling Silver-Plated
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Sterling Silver-Plated
Code: TBRD11-714
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Crystal
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Crystal
Code: TBRD11-21
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The Beader's Companion
The Beader's Companion
Code: BOOK-21
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Qty>

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Elonga Multi-Strand Stretch Cord - 0.7mm
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Nipper Tool
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The BeadSmith Assorted Sizes Big Eye Beading Needles 6-Pack
The BeadSmith Assorted Sizes Big Eye Beading Needles 6-Pack
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The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 50 Yards (6LB Test)
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Superglue Gel
Superglue Gel
Code: SPRGLUE
.07 oz (2g) 
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