Iris Pendant

pendant measures 7/8"

pendant measures 7/8"

The word Iris comes from the Greek goddess of the rainbow.  The many colors of this round pendant reminded me of an iris, with it’s lights and darks slicing from the center to the outer circle. Beautiful twin hole beads make this project possible.  Silver lined crystal delicas and round silver beads add to the detailed design. Like so many complicated looking projects, this is a lot easier to make than it appears.

 

Directions

Step 1 - The pendant is made up of four rows of circular beading. The red circles in the illustrations represent the thead.   The bead colors are intended to make the instructions easier to understand. Thread a big eye beading needle with about 24” of beading thread.

step 2 - Add 9 twin hole beads to the thread leaving a long tail of about 6”.  Bring the needle back through the same 9 holes ending where you started, forming a circle.

step 2 - Add 9 twin hole beads to the thread leaving a long tail of about 6”.  Bring the needle back through the same 9 holes ending where you started, forming a circle.

step 3 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the second row.

step 3 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the second row.

step 4 - Add another twin hole bead then move the needle through to the next hole.  Add a new bead between each of the original 9 beads working your way around in a circle.

step 4 - Add another twin hole bead then move the needle through to the next hole.  Add a new bead between each of the original 9 beads working your way around in a circle.

step 5 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the third row. 

step 5 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the third row. 

step 6 - Add a crystal seed bead, a twin hole bead, another crystal seed bead then move the needle through to the next hole.  Add the seed beads separated by a twin hole bead between each of the beads in the previous row, working your way around in a circle.

step 6 - Add a crystal seed bead, a twin hole bead, another crystal seed bead then move the needle through to the next hole.  Add the seed beads separated by a twin hole bead between each of the beads in the previous row, working your way around in a circle.

step 7 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the fourth row.  Add a crystal seed bead, a round silver bead, and another crystal seed bead.  Move the needle to the next hole.  Continue working around the circle in this way.

step 7 - Bring the thread through the hole on the opposite end of the bead to start the fourth row.  Add a crystal seed bead, a round silver bead, and another crystal seed bead.  Move the needle to the next hole.  Continue working around the circle in this way.

step 8 - Bring the needle through all the fourth row beads a second time to reinforce the circle.

step 8 - Bring the needle through all the fourth row beads a second time to reinforce the circle.

step 9 - Lead the needle through the bail following the arrows.  Go back through the three center beads then up through the bail a second time.

step 9 - Lead the needle through the bail following the arrows.  Go back through the three center beads then up through the bail a second time.

step 10 - To secure the thread, knot it after going through three or four beads, working around the circle.  Finish with a double knot and cut off the thread.

step 10 - To secure the thread, knot it after going through three or four beads, working around the circle.  Finish with a double knot and cut off the thread.

step 11 - Thread the needle with the long tail thread from the first row.  Add a round silver bead to the tail. 

step 11 - Thread the needle with the long tail thread from the first row.  Add a round silver bead to the tail. 

step 12 - Put the needle through an opposite bead hole.  Work through the beads of the first row knotting between them. Cut off the excess thread. Add a jump ring to the bail and attach the pendant to a chain.

step 12 - Put the needle through an opposite bead hole.  Work through the beads of the first row knotting between them. Cut off the excess thread.

Add a jump ring to the bail and attach the pendant to a chain.



Supplies

At Amazon

  •  beading thread
  •  big eye beading needles
  •  Teal Iris twin hole beads
  •  silver lined crystal seed beads 11/0
  •  3mm round silver beads
  •  1/4” wide bail
  •  jump ring

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