How to Make a Bicone Bead Ball

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Create your own mini-crystal ball using a right-angle weave beading technique and bicone crystal beads. Bicone beads are shaped with a center section that's wider than the two end points, similar to stacking two pyramids end to end. Bicone bead balls work as jewelry components or as embellishments for key chains. To make larger bead balls, use 8mm and larger bicone beads. Large bead balls work as home décor and holiday decorations.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft monofilament line
  • Scissors
  • 30 4mm bicone beads
  • Jeweler's glue
  • Cut a 24-inch length of soft monofilament line.

  • String five bicone beads to the center of the line. Insert the end of the right side of line through the last bead added on the left side. Pull the thread taut to make a circle.

  • String four 4mm bicone beads onto the left line to lay flush against one of the beads in the first circle. Cross the right line through the last bead added on the left line. Pull the line taut. Insert the left line through the bead next to the last bead added. Pull the line taut. You will have two beaded circles with two beads lined up at the cross point of the left and right side lines.

  • Add three 4mm bicone beads to the left line. Cross the right line through the last bead added and pull the line taut. Cross the left line through the bead adjacent to the last bead. You will now have three conjoined circles with two beads lined at the cross point.

  • Repeat Step 4 two more times, then insert the right line through the two beads at the cross point. You will now have three beads lined at the cross point.

  • Add two 4mm bicone beads to the left line. Cross the right line through the last bead. Put the left line through the adjacent bead. Two beads are lined at the cross point. Notice that the conjoined bead circles are curving.

  • Add three 4mm bicone beads to the left line. Cross the right line through the last bead. Insert the left line through the two adjacent beads that are lined up side-by-side at the cross point. Notice that there are three beads in a linear row at the cross point.

  • Add two 4mm bicone beads to the left line. Cross the right line through the last bead added. Cross the left line through two adjacent beads. Repeat this step two more times.

  • Insert the left line through one bead adjacent to the bead it is exiting to complete the circle. Add the last 4mm bicone bead over the left line and cross the right line through it. Tie the two lines together in an overhand knot. Repeat the knot. Cover the knot with jeweler's glue. Cut the excess line.

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