How to Make DEW EYES

Some people may wonder ‘why mint’?, im sure you know the answer to that..like why not mint, mint is so calm yet tasty.lol

I saw an eye and followed it, could not sit still till I made mine and called it DEW EYES!

This is a detailed post of How I made the DEW EYES.

INTRODUCTION

If you have been following my posts on Instagram here, you would know about the journey of this beauty. But the part i did not tell is what led to the project. Stick with me, I will tell everything.

Right now lets dig in

About the DEW EYES Project/Patterns

I used three basic beading techniques,
1. The 2-drop tubular Peyote
2. Netting Stitch
3. The RAW (Right angle weaving)

DEW EYES is made up of a Rope length and numerous bulbs built on the rope. See pic

It is a 3 step process:
Step 1:
I started with the length; I needed the tube to be big and costume like so I added more beads to achieve a 2′ diameter tube. Then changed from the standard length of collar to add an extra length of a matinee.

 

Note: The more you add beads in two’s ,the more the diameter increases.

Notice the main length was stitched with 2 drop tubular peyote while the extra length was stitched with Netting.

Step 2:
Next, was adding the bulbs. As I add-on, i needed to add more
and ended up adding 20 pieces of bulb to give it a retro costume vibe.
The Bulbs were attached to the length using Right angle weaving.

Step 3:
The last part was adding the Toggle. I used 2 buttons and stitched on each end of the rope then wrapped the toggle with a 24mm gauge copper wire to make the hook/toggle.

Once I completed the process,closed up the tube,added finishing and trimmed off excess thread. DEW EYES was completed.

So You know:
I made the Rope length using the 2-drop tubular peyote and the ends(extra length) with netting stitch while the bulbs are right angle weaving.

Tip:

  • To get a smaller Rope length for your piece, measure the ring as you start to add new beads.
  • You can use a 3-drop peyote(work in threes’) instead of 2-drop peyote to increase your pace and time spent working.
  • You can wrap all the bulbs you need for later. To attach simply use a split ring to addon.

2-DROP TUBULAR PEYOTE STITCH

In case you’re asking, what is 2-drop peyote technique? .

Here is a brief introduction.
The Peyote is a unique stich, perfect for beginners. The basic idea of the stitch is: String 1 bead,skip 1 bead and pass through the next bead.it is that simple.I call it the ‘skip n pass’ flow.

There are 8 variations of peyote namely:
1. Flat Even Count
2. Flat Odd Count (The difference between the 2 variants above and below is in the number of beads used on the starting row ie either even number of beads or odd number of beads).

3. Tubular Even Count
4. Tubular Odd Count( The difference here lies in the number od beads and it takes a tubular shape).

5. 2-drop Peyote
6. 3- drop Peyote
7. There is a Freeform Peyote. This allows stiching the variants above without a definite pattern. It uses non- uniform beads to make a freeform.

8. Circular peyote

So What is 2- drop tubular Peyote?
As the name suggest, this is a peyote stitched in a ring and forms a tube as you bead along and it is successfully stitched with a needle.
The ‘skip n pass‘ flow uses 2 beads to form a tubular shape that will add up to a length. Here is the direction: String 2 beads,skip 2 beads and pass through the next 2 beads.

Tubular Peyote is perfect for beaded ropes,Necklaces, toggle clasp, beading a bezel to a ravioli and bracelets.

Direction:
Here is a general illustration of the steps, there are various videos on Youtube illustrating this technique.

Step 1:The knot
Here, you tie one end of your thread to a knot then fix your neddle on the other end.

Step 2: The Circle
Assuming you want to get started with Even count 2 drop tubular peyote, pick up an even number of beads in two’s. while odd count is odd number of beads in twos. Then form a circle.

Step 3: The skip n pass
This is very simple, pick up 2 beads, skip the next 2 beads, and pass your needle through the next 2 beads. That is it!
Next,

Step 4& 5: Step up and closing the spaces

Stitch through the next 2 beads, pick new 2 to close up the spaces.

Step 6: The Next Row/Rinse and repeat
It is quite easy to follow.

This is the end of the brief description and direction.

Let’s Continue..

The Netting stitch
This is the go-to stitch for every bead lover, easy to bead and build up, forms a lattice network and the perfect stitch for rope projects.

The Bulb
The interesting thing about the bulbs is once you get your round of choice(I used 16mm bulbs), attach to the main length..you just made attached a bulb!

So you can use any size of choice of bulbs and attach with a stitch of choice too. A lot of beading Artist prefer circular peyote stitch to weave the bulbs in place too but I decided to use Right angle weave (RAW) cause RAW is the technique I am comfortable with and my favorite stitch.

Tip: Be comfortable while beading!

Colors:
I used 2 colors: Mint and lemon

Length of the Piece:
The length is a small Matinee 21′ and a half

Materials used:
8/0 or size 3 luster Mint seeds
11/0 or size 2 lemon seeds
6mm tea round
16mm Mint Round Pearl
size 11 Needle and 0.30mm fishing line.

Pattern:
Peyote, Netting and RAW.

Beads:
Here are the beads I used
For the 2 drop peyote: 8/0 or size 3 Mint seeds

The Netting: 6mm tea round; 11/0 or size 2 lemon seeds

The Balls: 16mm rounds with Size 3 mints

Findings:
2 beautifully embellished Bead Buttons
24mm gauge copper wire for the hook/clasp

Threads:
0.30mm fishing line

What I wont tell you:

a). Beading Board:
If you are beader with little space and tend to have beads all over the place in the house or workspace, Beading Board is a must-have to keep your beads and un-finshed projects in one place and organized. I have about 4 beading boards and they are all packed with unfinished projects. Let me know if you want to make a DIY Beading Board.

b). Colors to use:
So Mint was the color I had in mind for this project, but i added lemon at the ends as the extra length. You can decide to pick monochrome or any bead color combo of choice. If you are indecisive what colors to select? pick your best colors or pick 2 combos left in your stash.

c). Your finished Length:
The finished length is up to you. I love collar and Matinee. The finished length of this project was a matinee (21′ and half). It is a perfect matinee on my neck but will be choker on a bigger neck.
Most of my projects are usually Matinee but if you working for a client, follow the specifications.

d). Your Findings
Stick to the accessories you know how to use. It makes the work move faster.
I love buttons, the shiny ones get to me all the time so i use it mostly for my projects unless the client specifies.

e). How many beads you will need
I used a quarter bag(about 2 cups) of Mint seeds ,a cup each for the 15/0 lemon seeds and 6mm tea rounds.

Make sure you have an idea of the type of project you want to make and get extra material incase it finishes in the middle of the project and there is no replacement. (some beads can be limited edition)

Challenges during beading this project
I complained a lot about the length getting Squishy as i stitched the 2 drop peyotes.

There are likely reasons
1.Uneven seeds
2.Tight tension

So you may want to get delica beads, as they lie beautifully flat and are the best choice for bead weavings like peyote.

To reduce tight tension, you may have choose a thread with small diameter. Also you have to be careful that the diameter is not so small as to cause the rope to fold.
I used 0.25mm fishling line then changed to 0.30mm which was appropriate.

Inspiration

You know there are lots of beautiful beadworks out there. i got fascinated by a #beadwork made with about 80 #rivolis. It took weeks to complete and it is really beautiful.

This picture her b was the light bulb moment!

This beadwork is from @damnedhalo from Instagram ..ohh,the picture is not doing justice to the #sparkles and lights it reflects

WHAT I WANTED:  So I got inspired to make my own signature design, but I wanted the feel of

–a naija costume vibe, yet fresh.
–Then have some unique repeating elements.
Mint was the ideal fresh, Adding bulbs was the best retro element and big Tubular piece is the ultimate Costume

That’s how I made DEW EYES!

Conclusion
Once you are inspired to make a project, go along with it not minding how it will turn out. Rare Beauty comes from the unexpected works.

Let me know what you think but for now….

Have fun beading Always!

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