Seed Bead Bezels, Jewelry Making Techniques, Tips and More!
Seed Bead Bezels – So Many Options!
There’s more than one way to create seed bead bezels. In How to Bezel with Seed Beads Bundle there are too many ways to count!
In the seed bead bezel bundle you’ll find great video downloads by Melinda Barta and this Delicate Details Bracelet video by Kelly Wiese.
Pattern compilations and individual jewelry design patterns are brimming with great instructions and illustrations. Each designed to get you beading up some gorgeous new jewelry, like Confection Cuff, a bracelet with a bevy of seed bead bezels, by Csilla Csirmaz.
More Seed Bead Bezels and Beading Projects
Josephine’s Collar, by Jill Devon has a few seed bead bezels worked into the design, not to mention some amazing and substantial beaded links.
Jill Devon is the owner of The Bead Merchant in Colchester, England, founder of The Beadworkers Guild, and coeditor with Liz Thornton of their very popular Introduction to Beadwork series (Beadworkers Guild, 2000). She and Liz have also written and published The Beader’s Floral (2beadwrite, 2007).
In her design, the oval bezel is created using flat and tubular peyote. The smaller bezels are made using tubular peyote and are created the same way as the round links, this time though the links are filled with beads (so clever!). Here’s a view of the back of the bezel assemblies in this dynamic beaded necklace.
A Bright Twist and Fun Fabric Design
What do you get when you combine fun fabric, a bottle cap, beads, and a silk cord? Well, Bohemian Rhapsody, of course! Christine Wilson’s style shines through in this cuff design, which really packs a punch of color.
Christine Wilson retired from a career as a financial controller to raise her beautiful daughter, Heidi. She has been creating jewelry for more than seven years, and she credits her friend Pari Baron for starting her on this amazing journey. Christine serves as newsletter editor for the Great Lakes Beadworker’s Guild. Her bottle cap obsession began with a class from Mary Hettmansperger. Having just attended one of Mary’s workshops, I can totally relate!
To create Bohemian Rhapsody, Christine joins two layers of fabric together then glues the bottle cap to the center. The seed bead bezels is made by combining back stitch and peyote stitch. Add eyelets to each end of the cuff design then lace a silk ribbon through the eyelets to work as the closure.
Finish the edge of the cuff with brick stitch and whipstitch.
A Few Tips Before You Start
Christine’s tips for making this design:
- Some other great fabric choices include laminated cotton, oilcloth, twill ribbon, remnants, or even recycled fabric from clothing.
- Vary the bezel edging by replacing the drops in the cabochon embellishment with crystal bicones. You could also work three-bead picots there instead of drops.
- Peltex one-sided ultrafirm interfacing was used as the foundation here, as it fuses nicely to cotton; however, a nonfusible should be used for fabrics sensitive to heat. Choose a foundation that is heavyweight or use more than one layer.
- Make sure the eyelets are solid and not notched. Notched eyelets will split rather than fold down when set and can be abrasive against skin.
Unique Bugle Bead Bezel
For the unique bezel design in At the Wheel by Julie Walker, bugle beads are stitched to create the frame for the beautiful 30mm crystal chessboard cabochon.
Julie Walker is the owner of Bead Cage Express. After eight years of serving the beading community in Dayton, Ohio, she decided to take her skills to the next level by offering kits, classes, blogs, and tutorials. Julie is the proud mom to four beautiful young women and NeeNa to three. A new baby girl, Mila Jewel, is the latest addition for whom to make jewelry!
In Julie’s design, the bezel is embellished with bicones to add extra bling.
Even the back of the bezel is pretty.
Get Your Needle, Thread, and Beads Ready!
With all the designs and technical expertise found in the How to Bezel with Seed Beads Bundle along with all the other seed bead bezel designs many artists have shared with us here, you’ll have so many options for bezeling crystals, stones, and even bottle caps! Soon, you’ll have to warn your family not to put anything down for too long or it too might get bezeled!
Have a favorite stitch, technique or tip you can share on creating bezels with seed beads? Please share with us in the comments, below.
Yours in creativity,