Today we will make another beaded jewelry product - a ring with an image of a heart. For weaving we will use the technique of brick stitch.
We will need:
- size 11 seed beads of three colors; I used seed beads of light-yellow, orange and red colors,
- nylon fishing line 0.2 mm thick and two beading needles (as usual in the brick stitch technique, you can also do with one needle only).
As I have already said, we will use the technique of brick stitch. This beading technique is well-known to us; the basics of such a technique you can learn in this and this tutorials.
For weaving take a line of 1 m long (or a little longer to have a spare length if your ring turns out to be bigger than mine).
Start weaving approximately at a distance of 25 cm from one of the ends of the line and at first make a single chain for the 1st row of the beadwork. The length of the chain should be equal to the length of the ring’s circumference. My chain consists of 27 seed beads in the following sequence: 7 orange, 3 red, 17 orange. If your ring requires another quantity of beads in the row, vary the quantity of orange beads at the end of this row and accordingly vary the quantity of beads in the other rows: at the beginning of the each even row and at the end of the each odd row.
For further weaving use only the longer end of the line. The shorter end of the line will be used at the final stage of weaving, so leave it alone for a while. If the needle on the shorter end of the line bothers you, you can take it off for now.
All the other rows weave in brick stitch using the following pattern:
2nd row: 2 light-yellow beads together, then one by one 15 light-yellow, 4 red and 6 light-yellow beads.
3rd row: 2 orange beads together, then one by one 4 orange, 5 red and 16 orange beads.
4th row: 2 light-yellow beads together, then one by one 14 light-yellow, 6 red and 5 light-yellow beads.
The base of the ring is finished. Now proceed with making the heart. The center part of the heart can already be seen on the ring’s base, so we only have to make its upper and lower parts.
First, make the upper part (or, strictly saying, even two upper parts) of the heart. Pass the working line through beads so that it comes out from the nearest red bead in the last row of the ring’s base.
Next, using the same brick stitch technique, add two red beads one by one
and then add one more red bead just above those two.
After that pass the line back to the last row of the ring’s base, so that it comes out from the nearest free red bead in that row.
Now repeat the previous step, making the second upper tip of the heart: add two red beads one by one and then add one more red bead above those two.
The upper parts of the heart are finished. Pass the working line through beads across the beadwork, so that it comes out from the extreme red bead in the first row of the ring’s base.
Then make the lower tip of the heart in the same way as you previously made either of the upper tips.
Weaving is almost completed. We don't need the working end of the line anymore, so pass it through beads across the beadwork changing the direction a few times, and then trim it.
Now fold the beadwork so that both its short ends are positioned close to each other and, using the starting tail of the line, connect both ends of the ring together by sewing the first bead in the each row to the last bead in the same row.
Thus sew the first and the last beads in all the rows. Weaving is completed.
We only need to secure the tail of the line. Pass it through beads across the beadwork changing the direction a few times, and then trim it.
The beaded ring is finished!
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