How to make an open beaded heart.
This is the video I learnt from; by offthebeadedpath on YouTube.
My notes below are to be used as quick reminders and also includes some tips and variations from the video.
- Just like How To Make Beaded Heart, this is also a double-layered beaded heart. So you can have two contrasting colours (per layer) for a different look.
- Each layer is made separately.
- I prefer to make the second layer with an extra long thread so that I can carry on zipping up both layers without having to start a new length of thread.
- Zip up on the inner side. Then, weave to the outer circumference and zip up the outer circumference.
- Use smaller bicones when zipping up the inner and outer circumferences.
Once you know how to make the heart, my graph below should help as a quick reminder. This graph is for a single layer of the open beaded heart.
Materials for Open Beaded Heart
- approximately 3 foot thread. Longer for the 2nd layer (so you can continue zipping up layers without starting a new length of thread)
- 84 x 4mm bicones (42 per layer)
- 60 x 3mm bicones (12 per layer + 36 for zipping up)
A Much Lovelier Beaded Heart pendant can be achieved with 3mm crystal bicones and 10/0 beads (or 11/0 if you don’t have 10/0) seedbeads.
In the samples below, I have placed the loop for the bail as shown. It is incorporated into the beadwork when I join the 2 layers together. First zip up the inner circumference. Then place and capture the closed jumpring when you zip up the outer circumference.
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You can also directly incorporate a jumpring or large thin bail directly into the bead weaving. This should be done right at the start. Remember to incorporate the bail into both layers.
This only shows the first open beaded heart layer. When starting the second layer, you will have to start the first four beads around that jumpring.
(Note that in this example, I am using 3mm bicones and 10/0 Czech seedbeads instead of 4mm & 3mm bicones.)
Error: I made an error in using an open jumpring here. It should be a closed jumpring to prevent it ever falling out.