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Compairing 2-Hole Drop Shapes

In this first episode from PotomacBeads, we begin a new series of videos designed to improve the skills and knowledge of jewelry-designers with essential and must-know information. We love helping you to be a better beader. Be sure to let us know in the comments what other future episodes you would like to see.

Episode Transcript


In this episode of Better Beader, we explore the versatility and beauty of 2-hole drop-shaped beads. These unique beads offer endless design possibilities, allowing you to create stunning jewelry pieces with a distinctive flair. Join us as we compare different types of 2-hole drop beads and share tips on how to incorporate them into your beading projects.

Materials Needed

  • Various 2-hole drop beads (e.g., SuperDuo, DiamonDuo, Paisley Duo, Arcos Par Puca, DiscDuo, Kheops Par Puca)
  • Beading thread (e.g., Fireline, Wildfire, or One-G)
  • Beading needle (size 10 or 12)
  • Scissors
  • Bead mat or work surface

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Begin by selecting your desired 2-hole drop beads. Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and colors to create a unique design.
  2. Thread your beading needle with a comfortable length of beading thread, leaving a small tail for weaving in later.
  3. Start by picking up one 2-hole drop bead and sliding it to the center of your thread. Pass through the second hole of the bead to secure it in place.
  4. Continue adding 2-hole drop beads in your desired pattern, exploring different combinations and orientations. Pay attention to how the beads sit together and the overall shape of your design.
  5. As you work, consider incorporating other bead types, such as seed beads or fire-polished beads, to add texture and visual interest to your piece.
  6. Experiment with different stitching techniques, such as herringbone or peyote stitch, to create unique patterns and structures with your 2-hole drop beads.
  7. Once you've reached your desired length or design, secure your thread by weaving it back through several beads and tying off with a half-hitch knot. Trim any excess thread.

Tip: When working with 2-hole drop beads, be mindful of their orientation and ensure that the holes align properly to maintain a smooth, consistent design.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

The beauty of working with 2-hole drop beads lies in their versatility. Consider these ideas to personalize your designs:

  • Mix and match different colors and finishes of 2-hole drop beads to create ombre effects or color-blocked patterns.
  • Combine various shapes of 2-hole drop beads within a single project for added visual interest and texture.
  • Incorporate other bead types, such as crystals or pearls, to elevate your design and add a touch of elegance.
  • Experiment with asymmetrical designs or graduated sizes of 2-hole drop beads for a modern, eye-catching look.


2-hole drop beads offer a world of creative possibilities for beading enthusiasts. By exploring different shapes, sizes, and colors, you can create unique jewelry pieces that showcase your personal style. We hope this step-by-step guide, inspired by the Better Beader episode, has provided you with the knowledge and inspiration to incorporate these versatile beads into your own designs.

We encourage you to share your creations with us and fellow beaders, and don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have along the way. Happy beading!

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