The first time I made a Spiky project was in 2017. I got the inspiration from the Beaded Ball Project online class we had then. When we completed the class I wanted to add a new element to the completed Beaded Ball and the ‘Spiky Beaded Ball‘ emerged!
I made a Lemon Neck piece and called it the LEMON SPIKES.
About the Spikes
The name ‘Spiky’ reflects the scattered and sassy appearance of the design giving off a costume yet simple piece.
The spikes were borne from the Picot added throughout the Beaded Ball cross weaves.
One may ask, how do you wear this then since the spikes are all over the Beaded ball. Is it not uncomfortable?
No one will prefer a piece that keeps them uncomfortable unless you are making a Halloween bead project or an Avant Garde piece.
Anyway the picots do not have sharp edges and are not uncomfortable rather we wanted to create a flat space, a flexible bare area that sits on the skin. This allows the piece to lie flat and settled on the neck while the other parts are covered with spikes.
Read along, I will show you more…
Some bead Artists call the Beaded Ball design, ’90 Beaded ball’ too.
Idea: The 90 connotes the number of beads needed to complete a Beaded Ball. When adding the Spikes, you will probably need 18-20 pcs of rondelles to make picots.
Now let gather some materials for this project.
For the Beaded Ball:
Size 2 or 11/0 seeds and 6mm rounds
For the spikes:
Size 1 or 15/0 seeds and 8mm rounds
Nylon threads(I used 0.30mm)
Size 11 needle (You can get 2 pcs of needle ready if you are comfortable to bead with two-needle cross-weaving).
Time to invest: You will need 15 minutes to complete a spiky beaded ball.
I made 2 spiky beaded balls so I spent approximately 15x 2= 30mins to complete 2 spike balls.
Colors: I used 6mm coffee rounds/11/0 brown seeds for the Ball and 8mm coffee rondelles/15/0 green seeds for the spikes.
Directions: There are three major steps involved
Step 1: Get Your materials
This step has been sorted above.
CLICK HERE I made a video on how to make this project, very detailed and simple.
Get your materials and watch it here.
Step 2: Make Your Beaded Ball
In this step, you will need the 90 beads to make a beaded ball.
a). In the first row, you will form a circle of 5 seeds.(You can use either use one needle or two-needle crossweave).
b). The second row, pass through each seed on the first row. Pick 5 beads(alternates of seed/rounds) to form a circle till you complete that row. You will notice each circle is a circle of 6 beads.
c). The third row, pass through each bead cluster(cluster of two’s or three’s) to complete a ‘circle of 5’ or ‘circle of 6’ alternatively.
d). The fourth row, pass through each bead cluster(cluster of three’s) to complete a ‘circle of 5’ or ‘circle of 6’ alternatively.
e). Join all the seeds on each end to form a circle of 5.
Now, follow the steps on the video HERE to make the second beaded ball.
Step 3: Adding the Spikes/Embellishing with spikes
Click HERE to watch how I embellished it
Pass your thread through a bead on each circle, make a picot and pass to the next circle in a serial motion till a bare area is left.
For each beaded ball, you will likely make about 15-18 picots till you complete embellishing.
Here is a Ball I made for my slippers
Length of the Piece: The beaded ball is usually a length of 2’inch unless you are using smaller beads to make it.
Pattern: The pattern is basic cross-weaving
Beads: You can use any bead shape of choice, size or type .
I used glass seeds and plastic rounds/rondelles to complete the design.
Findings: If your piece needs a finding, you can use any finding of choice to make yours.
Threads: So I used 0.30mm fishing line. This diameter allows free passage through the beads choosen for the project and makes the design to maintain the right ball shape.
What I won’t tell you
This part of what I won’t tell you is subject to your experiences working on different bead projects.
- Beading Board
I use beading board always, Beading Boards cannot be emphasized enough. There are lots of advantages using beading Boards. Let me know if you need a tutorial on how to make one.
- Colors to use
Picking colors and choosing the right color is really important in beading as this defines the response expressed from the project.Choosing colors is often a challenge in beading. So I included helpful tips that I use to pick new colors for a project.
Based on how I am feeling, Color wheels, Off Ankara cloths, Home Decors color combo, Favorite Color, Off other bead designs, From word of Mouth, Other designs
- Your finished Length:
This is dependent on the type of piece you have in mind. If you want to make a bracelet, measure your wrist with a tape, subtract an inch for the clasp and hook.
If you want an earring, sketch your design and bead along.
If you want to make a Neck piece, you can check the standard Neck lengths available on the net but you can always create a custom neck length for your projects.
Get a tape, note and measure the following:
- Various Neck sizes(child, small, medium, large, extra-large).
- Length of choice (for collar, choker, princess, matinee, Rope, etc )
4. Your Findings:
I usually use Buttons as toggle hook/clasp. But if you do not particularly want buttons in your designs, there are many findings to choose from.
Use threads you are used to and are comfortable to work with. I love fishing line nylon thread. A lot of Beaders work with Fireline. Fishing line is quite accessible in local stores in my locality so I work with it always.
Spiky beaded designs are easy to make, timeless, and sassy. Once you get the hang of it, it will be your best design. Let me know what you think after you complete the is project.
Watch it here
As usual , Have fun always.