This is my first tutorial!! So excited about it!
This tutorial will be for a nice beaded ball (also called “soccer ball” because of its shape). The final result is a nice little ball that can be used as a pendant, connected together with other balls for a bracelet, or (as I used it) connected to a chain and ear wires (see my Etsy listing for Turquoise Howlite ball).
You will need:
30 Round/Bicone beads (can be used with either shape)
Nylon / Fishing line – about 2 ft
For simplicity, I colored each side of the fishing line, so it will be easier to use the appropriate color throughout this tutorial.
Start by threading 5 beads on the fishing line, cross the 2 side at the 5th bead (Step 1, beads 1-5).
Thread 4 more beads on the red, cross the 2 sides at the 4th bead (Step 1, beads 6-9).
Thread the red through bead 4, add 3 beads to blue thread and cross at bead 12 (Step 1, beads 10-12).
Continue this way 3 more times until both side? cross at bead 20 (Step 1, beads 13-20).
Continuing from bead 20, thread 2 beads on the blue, thread the red through bead 7 and cross at bead 23 (Step 2, beads 21-23).
Thread 2 beads on the red, thread the blue through beads 8+10, cross at bead 25 (Step 2, beads 24-25).
Continue previous step 2 more times (Step 2, beads 26-29).
Thread one bead on the blue, thread the red through beads 17+19+21 and cross at bead 30 (Step 2, bead 30).
Continuing from bead 30, finish the ball by threading the red through beads 28+ 26+24, and the blue through 22 and 24.
Make a knot, cut off excess fishing line.
Now you can use your new beaded ball for your jewelry !
I also photographed [almost] the entire process: