|An early work from 2010 when I was just starting beadweaving|
By far the most common component in beading seems to be a 'bezelled' something or other, it can be a simple pendant, part of a larger necklace or bracelet or be a feature of earrings and rings. It's a 'must-have' technique in any beader's arsenal.
There are many ways to create a bezel but this is my tried and true version.
You can get a downloadable copy here.
Tips on Bezels
· When working on smaller stones omit the overlap. The larger stones need a little give as the peyote rows ‘snug’ the bezel around the stone.
· With smaller stones work less rows of peyote...work one row in B beads and one row in C beads.
· If the bezel is too loose add another row of C beads to each side.
· For thin stones or flat back stones you may need to omit the peyote row of A beads.
|My polymer butterfly wings had holes to anchor the bezel where the wings dipped in.|
Formula for Circular bezels
When working with circular stones there is a formula for working out how many RAW stitches you will need. You will need to know the diameter of the stone.
Diameter of stone x 2.5 divided by 2 = number of RAW stitches
This means for a 12mm stone:
12 x 2.5 = 30 30 divided by 2 = 15 So you will need 15 stitches.
This means for a 14mm stone:
14 x 2.5 = 35 Round up to 36. 36 divided by 2 = 18 So you will need 18 stitches.
This means for an 18mm stone:
18 x 2.5 = 45 Round up to 46. 46 divided by 2 = 23 So you will need 23 stitches.
NOTE: If you are embellishing the edge of the bezel it’s easier to work with
an even number of stitches so you would round up to 16 stitches
for a 12mm and 24 stitches for an 18mm.