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Episode Transcript


In this exciting episode of Better Beader, the talented hosts from Potomac Beads showcase a stunning DIY jewelry making tutorial that is sure to inspire your creativity. The featured project combines beautiful beads and intricate techniques to create a one-of-a-kind piece that will elevate any outfit. Join us as we dive into the step-by-step guide based on the invaluable insights shared in Better Beader Episode 116.

Materials Needed

  • Miyuki Drop Beads (3.4mm)
  • Miyuki Seed Beads (11/0)
  • Potomac Crystal Rondelles (6mm)
  • Beading Thread (Fireline or Wildfire)
  • Beading Needle (Size 10 or 12)
  • Scissors
  • Clasp of your choice

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Begin by cutting a comfortable length of beading thread and threading your needle. Create a stop bead leaving a 6-inch tail to weave in later.
  2. Pick up one 3.4mm drop bead and six 11/0 seed beads. Slide them down to the stop bead, leaving a small space.
  3. Add one 6mm crystal rondelle, followed by six more 11/0 seed beads. Continue this pattern until you reach your desired length.
  4. To add visual interest, alternate the colors of your drop beads and seed beads throughout the design.
  5. Once you have reached your desired length, it's time to add the clasp. String on the clasp of your choice and secure it by weaving back through the nearby beads.
  6. Reinforce the clasp connection by weaving through the beads multiple times, ensuring a sturdy finish.
  7. Tie off the thread with a few half-hitch knots and weave in the remaining tail. Trim any excess thread.

Tip: As you work, make sure to maintain consistent tension throughout the piece to achieve a polished and professional look.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

One of the best things about this DIY jewelry project is the endless possibilities for customization. Consider experimenting with different color combinations to suit your personal style or to match a specific outfit. You can also play with the size and shape of the beads, incorporating larger or smaller drop beads or exploring various crystal shapes to add depth and dimension to your design.

For a more delicate look, try using smaller seed beads or a thinner beading thread. Alternatively, for a bolder statement piece, opt for larger drop beads and crystals in eye-catching colors.


With this comprehensive tutorial, you now have the knowledge and skills to create a stunning beaded jewelry piece inspired by the talented hosts of Better Beader. Remember to take your time, stay patient, and enjoy the creative process. We encourage you to share your finished creations with us and fellow beading enthusiasts in the comments below. If you have any questions or need further guidance, don't hesitate to reach out!

For more incredible beading projects and techniques, be sure to check out other episodes of Better Beader from Potomac Beads. Happy beading!

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