A couple months ago I finally learned how to create a simple beaded ball. Or at least, this is my variation.
Materials you will need:
12 beads // 24 for two balls
nylon monofilament (can use fishing line also)
scissors or wire cutters
Strand FOUR beads.
Take ONE end and thread it through the LAST bead on the opposite side. So it will look like a loop. Pull and tighten.
Thread TWO beads on one side, and ONE bead on the other side.
Take the end with the ONE bead on it and thread it to the last bead on the other side. It will look like a loop (sound familiar?) Pull and tighten.
When you tighten it, it will curl in. Don't ask me why, haha.
You repeat STEP THREE and FOUR again.
If you were to straight it out, it would look like this, see? What you are basically doing is making the first shape over and over again but using ONE bead from the previous shape:
Thread ONE bead to both sides. Thread through the LAST bead. Pull and tighten.
This is kind of tricky.
What you have to do now is complete the ball shape. So you will take the TWO ends and thread them through the LAST bead (that one that is curled up.)
You're almost finished!
I like to thread the ends through the bead ball to reinforce it, aka make it stronger. So take ONE end and just thread it through adjacent holes. You can do it to the other side too, just make sure you have enough string so when you're finished, you can tie them together. They should 'meet' each other:
I double knot them:
Then trim the ends off.
- There will be gaps with bigger beads.
- If you use teeny beads, they will end up looking like Konpeito, the Japanese star candy ^^ haha
- I like making pearl bead balls the most!!
Thanks, and happy creating! If you make anything, please share (: