Playful Pinwheel Necklace Instructions Designed by Meg Mullen for Gardanne Beads
A lovely enameled component from Gardanne Beads pairs wonderfully with colorful seed beads and silk ribbon in a bead embroidered focal that's sure to catch the eye. The fun part about this piece is that the cut-out design allows your chosen bead backing to shine through, adding to the overall design! Meg Mullen designed this necklace for the February 2016 issue of Bead and Button Magazine. See other ideas for using Gardanne Beads items in your designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Place the Gardanne Beads teal enameled brass pinwheel link onto a bead backing of your choice. Keep it in place by sewing up through the bead backing and out of one of the small cut-outs on the outside edge of the pinwheel. Add a TOHO 8/0 seed bead and a TOHO 11/0 seed bead to the thread. Go back down through the 8/0 seed bead and the bead backing. Reinforce the stitch for extra security. Repeat for every small cut-out in the pinwheel. The beads should keep the link in place.
Step two: Use TOHO 8/0 seed beads to make a two-seed-bead backstitch around the pinwheel link. For help with this technique see our instructions.
Step three: Attach a second piece of bead backing to the back of your focal and finish the edges using 8/0 seed beads and the brick stitch technique.
Step four: With your thread coming out of one of the seed beads on the edge of your focal, add three 11/0 TOHO seed beads to the thread. Go back down through the same edge seed bead. Go up through the next edge bead. Add a 4mm Swarovski bicone to the thread and an 11/0 seed bead. Go back down through the bicone and the edge bead. Come up through the next edge bead. Repeat this pattern all around the edges of your focal.
Step five: Add a beaded bail to the top of your focal using 11/0 seed beads. Then, slide a silk ribbon through the bail.
Tools & Supplies: KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Light Blue (STRNG-0110) The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
List of Components: Gardanne Beads Teal Enameled Brass Pinwheel Link (FIND-2077, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow-Frosted Dark Peridot (TBRD8-164BF, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Light Gold (TBRD8-22F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Higher-Metallic Emerald Iris (TBRD11-506, qty 1) 3-Foot Hand-Dyed Silk Tahitian/Aqua Blend (RBSILK-THAQ, qty 1) Swarovski 5328 4mm Xilion Bicone Graphite AB2X (5328-GPH2AB4, qty 21)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Lillypilly Designs 4 x 8.5-Inch Plain Montauk Ultrasuede Sheet (EMBMT-0635) Lillypilly Designs 4 x 8.5-Inch Plain Sand Ultrasuede Sheet (EMBMT-0636) Gardanne Beads Seafoam Enameled Brass Pinwheel Link (FIND-2076) Gardanne Beads Red Enameled Brass Pinwheel Link (FIND-2078)