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Beaded Mandala Project

Create a colorful mandala pattern from The Bead Studio using seed beads and craft wire.

Materials:

  • size 11/0 seed beads
  • size 6/0 seed beads (e-beads)
  • 16-18, 4mm beads (crystal)
  • 8-9, 6mm beads
  • 8-9, 8mm beads
  • 1 yard, 28g Craft Wire

These instructions are for an 8 spoke mandala – you may need to add a ninth spoke to keep your mandala flat. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try different bead combinations.

Steps:

  1. String beads on wire in the following order: 1 11/0 SB, 4mm, 6mm, 4,, 3 SB, 8mm, 3 SB, 4mm, 6mm, 4mm.


     
  2. Bring the wire, on the end with the seed bead, around and through the first 3 beads on the opposite end.


     
  3. Pull ends, keeping the beads near the center of the wire, to create a loop.


     
  4. To the top wire add 3 SB, 8mm, 3 SB, 4mm, 6mm, 4mm. To the bottom wire add 1 SB, then bring the end of the bottom wire around and up through the 4, 6, 4, on the top wire.


     
  5. Continue this pattern until you have 8 spokes completed. Add 1 SB to the bottom wire and bring up through the first set of 4, 6, 4, to complete circle.


     
  6. Add 3 SB to each wire, then cross the wires through the 8mm bead. You’re ready to add the E-beads for your second row.
     
  7. Add 3 E-beads. Pass wire through the 8mm bead.


     
  8. Continue to add 3 E-beads after each 8mm bead until complete. (Switch wires if needed.)


     
  9. To add a hanger, cross the wire through the middle E-bead on the last row. Add 6 seed beads on each wire, then 1 SB on both wires and form a loop, wrapping ends around several times, trim and tuck ends.

 

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My daughter in law prefers just white and silver on their tree. Even the lights. I think making a couple of these with those colors would be gorgeous. It's great to have the directions right on the front page too. No digging to find. Thank you so much for offering this.

This beaded Mandala is so cute and I can see some hanging all over the Christmas tree in different colors. I love the beads used on this one the are so pretty. I have never attempted anything like this but they will make a great addition to a tree. What else has anyone used them for? I would love the suggestions. I have lots of seed beads that I have been trying to use up so maybe I will give this a try. Thanks.

Wow, this beaded project is mesmerizing! It would make a stunning pendant or even a Christmas ornament.

I love mandalas. I've been trying to figure out a pattern for one. Until I get that worked out, this will do fine. I love that this has pictures too. I would really like to find one/some using the circular brick stitch. For some reason, I really enjoy that stitch.

I think I'll find this project fun and not to diffecult to do. At last someone is putting out patterns you can actually do!!!!!!!!!

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