Welcome to my new blog and my first blogpost! I am inaugurating my blog with a free tutorial for an easy triangle using the popular SuperDuo beads. A new range of these beads is being launched and I was playing around with them recently as part of my work with the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. I wanted to stick to clean lines and geometric shapes to bring out a specific feature of these new beads. The result was a triangle pendant and I thought it might be of interest to some beaders to know how to make a triangle with SuperDuo beads.
The instructions below are for the triangle component only. Choose a beading thread (such as Miyuki) in the same colour as the SuperDuo beads.
How to make a triangle using SuperDuo beads:
1. Bead through two SuperDuo beads and pass through the second hole of the last SuperDuo picked.
2. Pick up one more SuperDuo and bead back through the previous two SuperDuos and through the new one. Go through all three beads again to secure. Pass through the second hole of the last SuperDuo to prepare for the next bead.
3. Pick up one more SuperDuo and secure to previous beads as in Step 2. Pass through the second hole of the last SuperDuo (this bead will form one side of an angle of the triangle).
4. To form an angle, pick up one 11/0 and one SuperDuo, pass through the second hole of the SuperDuo, pick up one more SuperDuo and bead through the last two SuperDuo beads of the previous side of the triangle. Bead through again to strengthen (at this point you can add a loop, see 4b below) and then pass through the second hole of the last SuperDuo to continue.
4b. You can add a loop of of beads at one of the angles of the triangle to hang from earwires for quick pair of earrings.
5. Add more SuperDuo beads, always weaving back twice to secure before adding the next one.
6. Continue adding SuperDuo beads until you reach the desired length. Remember to finish off a side with a SuperDuo bead on the outside of the triangle to prepare for the next angle.
7. Continue as in previous steps until the triangle is completed. Ensure that the number of beads is equal on each side. Join the last and first SuperDuo beads to close the triangle, using the working thread to bead forward through a couple of beads and the tail end to bead back.
You can add embellishments to the outer edges such as seed beads to cover the threads or small beads to sit between the SuperDuos. Add these embellishment when going through the beads the second time whilst adding new SuperDuos. To make a quick pair of earrings add a beaded loop at one of the angles (see 4b).