Fringe Seed beads

Creating Beaded Edges and Fringe

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I used a wide assortment of them, including Miyuki 11/0, Miyuki 8/0, Miyuki Mixes, Toho 11/0. Toho 8/0, Toho bead mixes, Miyuki Drops, Miyuki Bugles, Leaves, Daggers, 4mm Firepolish, 6mm Firepolish, Flat square beads, Flower beads, Cousin bead mixes, Lentils ** Bead Mat to stop the beads from rolling around on the work surface ** Silamide thread ** Or you can use Nymo if you prefer ** Beading needles. I like short ones, though there are others who swear by the long, really thin style. Try them and decide what works for you. Short beading needles are here and the longer ones are in an assortment, here

Here's the 3 bead picot edging from the video. This was a sample only and will be removed from the piece. I needed something to demo on and this got the call!

This is a project I've had going on for... a while. A long while, but I digress. It's a nice example of the 3 bead picot edging!

And here's the 5 bead picot ruffle.

Fringe! These are the two examples you saw in the video. On the left is a leaf bead that's drilled top to bottom and on the right one that's a side to side drill example. I don't prefer one over the other necessarily. I usually decide which to use based on the color of the leaf bead and how it works with the rest of the beads or with the overall project.

Branch fringe. A simple one with a single branch that was terminated with a drop bead. You can terminate the branches and main fringe with anything you wish of course.

I created and beaded this amulet purse about 5 or 6 years ago. I love to take it out and admire the fringe. If you look closely.

You can see this version of branch fringe has multiple branches which were terminated with a single seed bead of the same size as the fringe and branches - in this case 11/0s. The main length of fringe was terminated with a Miyuki drop bead.

This larger, drawstring purse was made at the same time. It has more elaborate branch fringe...

With more branches, each that were terminated with a drop bead. When I created this fringe I took the time to count and keep track of the length of each branch, where it was located on the main length, and used the same color beads for each branch. When the fringe is viewed as a whole, the effect is one where the colors match as you look across the width of the purse. A mighty task, but it was actually fun to do at the time. Just draw a little chart with the counts and colors, so if you put it down for a while you have a reference when you come back to it!

Which doesn't have to be long to be pretty! If you look closely you'll see there's a single seed bead (it's white - look between the pink ones that rest right at the edge of the flap), then the three seed beads on either side of the dagger.

You'll recognize this from the video. It's just another example of how you can make fringe with many styles of sizes of beads.

Another amulet purse. Longer fringe with a variety of beads. Speaking of a variety of beads... look at the next 4 photos. Each sample was made using Miyuki Multi mixes. If you don't own a big variety of beads the mixes are a good choice to get some easily.

Miyuki Crystal Clear Transparent Silver Lined Miyuki 3.4mm Fringe Seed Bead Glass Tear Drops 25 Gram Tube Approx 650 Beads
Art and Craft Supply (Miyuki)
  • Top quality beads produced by MIYUKI CO. in Japan
  • 3.4mm Fringe Seed Bead also called Tear Drop seed beads
  • 25 Gram 5 inch tube contains Approx 650 Beads
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  • avatar Where can I get seed beads that are all exactly the same size? | Yahoo Answers
    • Look for Miyuki brand seed beads, they're considered the best for a reason and they make a huge selection of sizes and shapes.
      I get mine from Fire Mountain Gems (they don't carry all the sizes/styles), but any respectable bead shop will have them.