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101  3D Beaded Bat with pics and tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: August 01, 2006 04:27:39 AM
3D Beaded Bat with pics and tutorial

I had a bad bout of insomnia last night, so what to do? Figure out how to bead a bat, thats what.

This is the end product:


I used:
Size 8 seed beads BROWN (main color)
3 black magatama drops, for eyes and nose
Two brown drops (part of the ears)
Nymo D thread + beeswax
Beading needle

28 guage wire
Unknown guage, but quite thick and sturdy, wire
Assortment of small black beads.

I think the wings look a bit not-quite-right Im working on a pattern in seed beads, but Im quite busy at the moment, so it may take a while.

I think hes pretty cute though Smiley

On to the Tute:

Step 1
Start by threading three brown beads on to your thread (about a meters worth), sliding them to the end (leave a 6inch tail), and tying them together securely in a circle (picture a). Go through the next bead.

Step 2
Add 2 bead in each gap 6 altogether. So, you exit one bead from the first round, then thread on 2 new beads, and then you go through the next bead from the first round. See picture b.

Step 3
Add a new bead between each bead threaded on in step 2 6 in total
(each row like this is called a round, by the way)

Step 4
Add two new beads between each bead added in the last round. (picture c)

Step 5
For the next two round, add one new bead between each bead from the last round.

Youve built the base, hooray!

Now youve got the hang of rounds (adding the next row by adding beads in between the last rows beads), the sequence for the sides is:

1 per gap (tension quite tight here)
Alternate between 2 and 1 bead per gap
(by now you should see it looks like a little basket picture d)


You get a nice tall basket by here (pictures e and f)

1 every other gap, sewing through the other gap, pulling it.
(see diagram below at this point to explain the last two rows)

You are creating the neck, picture g

in a minute you will start flaring out for the head :
1 between every bead from the last round

1 every other, three times. Then, one in every gap, to build the muzzle at one end. This row adds 9 beads in total
Picture i -
2 beads between the first 3 gaps (the ones made by skipping gaps (sewing through them)in the last round
(diagram explains)

at this point, dont make your tension too tight

Step up through the two beads that started the row.

Next row, add beads in the gaps as follows: 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1 black drop, 1, 1, 2. Step up. (picture j)

Next row: 2, 2, 1, 1, skip, skip, 1, 1, 2

Next: 1, 1, 1, black drop, 2*, 1 black drop, 1, 1, step up
* skip the black nose bead, pinching the nose and making it pointy

Next: 2, 1 (you go through the first eye here), 2 (between the eyes), 1, 2, 1. Step up
Adjust the drops so that the black eye bit faces out.

Next: 1 every gap
Next: skip, 1, skip, 1, skip, 1.

Go back through the 3 beads you just added, pulling them together in a circle. Go round a couple of times to close up the top of the head. (picture  L)

Finishing off:

To make the ears
With the eyes and nose towards you, exit the back right bead in the top triangle of the head. This should be above the gap between 2 beads.
Go through the 2 beads, from back to front. These will form the base of the ears.

Directly on top of the 2 beads, sew a brown bead, a brown drop and a brown bead in a loop: http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/5817/diagram5tr4.jpg

It should look like this:

Do the same thing on the other side. Youve add the the ears!

The body is now finished weave in the thread, then secure with a surgeons knot. Dont cut the thread though if youve still got quite a bit left, because youll use it to sew on the wings.

Wing Instructions:

I tried a couple of things, the neatest seemed to be wire-wrapping. Eventually Id like to do them in beads, in brick stitch, but Ive got a lot on my plate, so dont hold your breath.

Wire-wrapped wings:

Take your thick wire and bend it into bat-wing shapes. Twist it to secure, then cut the wire (pictured)

Take your thin wire (28 guage dont be lazy like me, and just use beadalon, it more trouble than its worth.). tie/wrap it on to the thick wire shape, and start to wrap a sort of random criss-cross of wire along the frame of the wings. Tie the wire if you need to to secure it along the wire.

Once you have a criss-crossing, you can keep doing the same thing, but with a few beads on too. I used a variety of black beads, spaced out along the wire. Add as many or few as you wish. I reckon if you did this neatly, the bat wings would make a neat pendant in themselves.


Using the thread still in the body, sew the wings on at an appropriate height I did it at the neck, that way the shape helps to hold them.

And the finished effect:


Hope you like! Comments/criticism very welcome
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102  Re: Anyone Bead Weaving? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by sophieangele on: July 30, 2006 04:08:29 PM
Another chronic illness beader here Smiley I swear they keep me sane!

I love beadweaving because there are some truly beautiful patterns out there, and because each amulet/panel you make is like a mini canvas, a little work of art.


I get the same calm feeling as when I'm oil-painting - it's therapeutic when I'm in pain, or my head is fuzzy. (though my petterngoes all wrong when I try and bead while brainfogged!)

 I think there is also something quite soothing about hte repetition, watching something slowly take shape, piece by piece, in a way you don't really get with stringing or even things like netting. woven panels or bags can also be used to showcase embellishments and beading virtuosity Wink

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103  beaded pot/vessel - with pics! in Beads: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: July 29, 2006 11:47:33 AM
My most recent project has been making this beaded trinket pot. I made it in matsuno size 8s, and it was quite hard to get right - I'm still not quite happy with the tension and stuff.
I do like the stripes though!

Lid on:

Lid off:

It was made with instructions from a Bead and Button magazine - I think you can buy it on their website actually. But now I've got the basics, I reckon I could do other shapes as well, by using the same principles.

Any comments/criticisms gratefully accepted!

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