How to Bead Weave a Star Using Czech Glass 2-Hole DiamonDuos and Seed Beads

SKU VID-1212
Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video, learn how to bead weave a star from start to finish using 2-hole DiamonDuo beads and Toho seed beads. Reminiscent of either a Star of David or a snowflake, this piece can be used as a necklace pendant, a keychain charm or a household ornament!
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hi this is Rachel with beadaholique to show you how to bead weave a star using czech glass to hold diamond duo beads here's a finished piece it features the diamond duo's stone in a star pattern and line with seed beads and this piece is finished with a closed jump ring so you can hang it as a piece of jewelry or as a craft my inspiration for this came about because I was playing with the diamond duo's and I noticed that when you arrange them in a circular pattern they nestle into the six pointed star so I wanted to create a bead woven star of david' that could be worn as a piece of jewelry or used as a charm that you hang in your house around Hanukkah or any other time of year and while I was working I realized that the shape is also reminiscent of a snowflake or even a flower that all depends on which colors you choose for this project I have just a couple of colors of diamond duo's here we have many more than this but just to show you that depending on the colors you choose you can do anything you want with this snowflake star flower it's all up to you so here's what you'll need for this project you'll need some diamond duos you can do this with one color or two colors and I'm going to demonstrate using two colors just to show how that has a nice bit of contrast to this piece you'll also need some seed beads in size 50 know these are Toho seed beads in the color Nichol you'll need a 5 millimeter closed jump ring you'll need some fireline thread and I've already gone ahead and cut about 3 feet of fire line and threaded my needle and you'll also need some thread snips and optionally if you want to make a necklace out of this piece you'll also need a finish chain necklace so I have one here in silver and I'll show you how to make a necklace when the piece is done so let's begin so I'm going to start with this silver color for the center of the star and I want to begin with a tip something I like to do before weaving with any two whole bead is just to poke my needle through both holes of the bead just to make sure that they're both open because there's nothing worse than string a bead and then coming back to work on the other side and realizing that the hole is clods and you have to take out your beadwork so always a good idea to just start knowing all of your beads are ready to use so once you've done that go ahead and string six diamond duo's all facing the same way so all with this textured side up so that's three four five six and slide these down almost to the end of your thread you don't need a big tail but just leave a little bit of a tail to be sure so go ahead and tie a knot and this should make all of your diamond duos curl up into this six pointed star pattern that we talked about don't make you're not too tight because you don't want your thread to you don't want your beadwork to warp any and be too tight while you're sewing but just tight enough to be secure so I'm going to double knot that you can it just a tad now I'm going to take my needle and sew through the bottom hole of the adjacent climb and do a bead and this will just pull that knot into that bead so it will be visible and now I'm going to sew up through the outer hole of that same diamond duo bead so we're going to step up so we're sewing in the opposite direction okay so that's the inner hole there and now I'm going to take some of these dark blue diamond duos and I'm going to surround it with and we're going to string two of these dark blue diamond duos and slide them down and you can see that they just nestled in to the space above these two central diamond zeros so I'm going to sew through the outer hole of the adjacent diamond duo and just have those snap into place like so and I'm going to go around this central star and do that five more times so there are dark blue diamond duos nestled between the holes of the central diamond goes all the way around so I'm going to string two more and so through the adjacent diamond duo so make sure they don't get tangled and turn and repeat so two more down into those and so through the adjacent upper hole of that silver diamond duo and they snap into place so nicely turn and repeat and a string two more diamond do us always with the textured side facing forward and pull get my thread tail out of the way and again to diamond zeros so through the upper hall of the adjacent so for Diamond jewel and pull and for the last time I'm going to pick up to dark blue diamond duos and so through that's silver diamond duo completing this middle circle of dark blue diamond Jose I put it tipped in just so you can see what it looks like so now we have the inner silver star and an outer dark blue ring and next we're going to add the point now that this row of beads is complete I'm going to make a little knot for security on this thread pass here just to make sure nice and secure I like to make a couple of little knots there on my beadwork as I go okay so and after I make the knot I'm going to sew through the bottom hole of that adjacent blue diamond duo and pull tight and now like we did earlier I'm going to step up and sew through the top hole of that same blue diamond duo now we're so in the other direction again and now we're going to start adding the points of the star so I'm going to pick up one diamond duo and I'm actually going to pick it up backward and I'll show you why in a second so I'm going to pick it up with the textured side facing away from me and I'm going to sew through the adjacent hole of that next diamond duo and pull tight and the textured slide is forward that's just because the direction we're sewing around we're going to be sewing through that pop hole just make sure that when you whatever hole you pick up the bead through it we'll end up with the textured side facing forward okay so that's our first point and now I'm going to pick up 350 no seed beads and so through the top hole of the adjacent diamond duo and now I'm going to add another point bead so I'm going to pick up one diamond jewel backward and so give me that next time and do it over I'll type in it ends up forward I'm going to do this all the way around so it's three more tiny tiny 15 OC beads okay come to another corner add one diamond zero so we're adding the points of the star and also we're starting the process of lining the piece with the seed beads between the points and I think the silver in the stark blue will have a really nice pop of contrast when it's done and now we're going to come in with another corner so if you've got adjacent diamond duo and pull so we're getting there another 350 no seed beads and through the diamond zero next door and then another point picking it up and making sure the textured side is facing away from me and pulling tight and it's magically facing toward me three more seed beads there next diamond zero and one more diamond zero this will be the last point Po and then our last little segment of 315 a seed beads and this time when I sew through I'm going to actually sew through the adjacent diamond geo the top hole the bottom hole of that corner bead and the top hole of the bead next to it some of the soak through three beads here and now I'm going to make a little security not catch the thread and pull tight okay so this is what our piece looks like now you can see it the star shape is together and we just have to finish lining the piece with seed beads so in order to do that first I'm going to pick up 415 OCB and I'm coming out one side of one of the points so I'm going to pick up these four seed beads and sew through the top of the point bead and you see these are just going to lay across the point there and now I'm going to pick up 515 OC beads one two three four five on the needle and I'm going to curl around the top of this point bead and so in the same direction through the top hole of the bead and now these beads are just going to hug the point of that diamond table and now over here I'm going to pick up four more seed beads just like we did on the first side and so through the three bead holes that comprise the bottom of this point here so now you can see that the seed beads lay all along the side of this point and now I'm going to sew through the existing three seed beads between these two points and I'm going to do that process again I'm going to pick up four seed beads so through the top of the point pick up five seed beads and curl over the top of the point and so in the same direction through that upper hole of the point diamond zero and now four more for the other side and through the three holes of the bottom of that point and you can finesse the seed beads so they lay properly along the point next I'm going to go back through these seed beads just to reinforce it and keep sewing around lining the piece with these 15 OC beads and on the last point were to do something different to add the jump ring so go ahead and keep sewing around this piece and I'll see you back here for the last point okay so now I've beat it around most of my star and I'm at the last point here and I'll show you just a minor variation we're going to make so just like before we're going to pick up four seed beads to start for the first side of the point and so through the top hole of that point B and then to loop over the top we're going to pick up six seed beads instead of five three four five six and on to this thread I'm going to string one of my five millimeter closed jump rings and I'm going to sew back through that top hole the same direction and pull and now we just attach this jump ring so this piece can be hung all right and then down the other side we're going to add another four seed beads like usual three four and so through these three bead holes at the bottom of the point and pull tight and just like we've been doing on all of these points as we line them I'm going to sew back through two seed beads that I just sewed in place without getting caught just to make sure they're nice and secure you especially want to make sure that this point is secure with the jump ring hanging from it because this is the area that's going to get the most wear and tear on the piece okay now I'm just going to go back down these four seed beads on the side just securing them up and also the three seed beads between the points why not okay and here I'm going to make another security knot immediately call that type and now I'm going to sew into my beadwork just to tie off these thread tails so into this Simon duo and the bottom hold the middle one too I can get my needle in there there we go and at the back of the piece alright and your beadwork is done so I'm going to go ahead and trim my thread tail nice and close okay and here is your star piece so as I said this can be used as a charm you can make a keychain out of it you can hang it around the house but I'm going to show you quickly how to turn it into a necklace so here is my finished chain necklace and I'll show you just how easy this is you just open the clasp and I'm going to feed this end of the clasp through the jump ring and slide it down and now I'm just going to close the clasp that's what I love about each finished chain necklaces you don't have to do much work and you have a finished piece of jewelry so there you go that is how to be weave the star using two holes by windows you can find all these supplies at beadaholique.com thanks so much for watching

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