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Tubular Peyote Decorated Tusk Bead
One of the first beading projects I used to make was to surround crystal points with tubular peyote beadwork. It was tricky because the crystal points were undrilled.
This project will show you how to add the same type of decorative peyote beadwork, but uses a top drilled tusk (or claw) bead. This makes it easier to be sure the beadwork will stay securely in place.
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Tubular Peyote Tusk Bead Materials
To make this project, you will need magnesite (or howlite) tusk shaped beads. These are readily available online or in bead stores and come in white, imitation turquoise and bright dyed colors. If you are familiar with tubular peyote, you could also try this technique on top-drilled crystal points.
The other materials I am using are 11/0 delica seed beads, fireline bead thread and tulip beading needles.
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Even Count Tubular Peyote
Even count tubular peyote is used to surround the top of the tusk bead.
To start, string enough beads to fit tightly around the tusk bead at the point where the holes are. If it is an odd number, remalve the extra bead so the beadwork stays tight around the bead.
Pass the needle back through the beads so you have threaded through the beads one and a half times around.
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Attach the Beaded Ring to the Tusk Bead
Put the thread tail through the tusk bead. This is how you are going to secure the peyote to the tusk bead.
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Tie the Threads Using a Square Knot
Slip the beadwork ring over the tusk bead. Both the tail thread and the working thread will be on the same side of the tusk bead. Tie them together in a square knot to secure the beads in place.
Stitch through the other half of the beads to tighten the ring of beads.
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Begin Tubular Peyote
To begin the tubular peyote, pick up a bead, skip a bead and stitch into the next bead on the prior row. You will be adding beads so they are going down the tusk bead towards the point.
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Pull Thread Taut to Move Beads Into Place
Pull the thread tight and make sure the bead stacks on top of the bead beneath it as shown in the picture
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Continue Tubular Peyote
Continue tubular peyote for the rest of the row, Pick up a seed bead, skip a bead, and stitch into the next bead on the prior row.
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Pull Thread Taut to Complete the Peyote Stitch
For each stitch, pull the thread tight to make sure the beads are stacking
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Add the Last Bead on a Row and Step Up
At the end of each row, you will add the final bead to complete the row. Then, you will stitch into the first bead of the row to step up to the next row. This is only needed when you are doing even count peyote.
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Stitch into the Up Beads in Each Row
After the step up, add a bead and stitch through each of the up beads in the row. When the row is complete, you will step up to be ready to stitch the next row.
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Stepping Up in Even Count Tubular Peyote
Once you get the hang of stitching the rounds, stepping up is a simple as adding a bead and stitching through the next two beads (the last up bead and first bead of the next row).
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Four Rows of Tubular Peyote
This picture shows four rows of tubular peyote around the tusk bead. The base ring is considered two rows and then two additional rows have been added
One of the most fun parts of this project is that you can vary the look by changing the number of rows you bead.
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Six Rows of Tubular Peyote
I took photos every couple of rounds ot peyote so I could refer to them and decide which I like best. I tend to like an even number of rows.
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Eight Rows of Tubular Peyote
I decided that I like eight rows of tubular peyote. At this point, I weaved the working thread back up towards the top of the beadwork in the middle of the row. This is where I am going to add an additional strip of peyote that will form the bail for the pendant.
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Add a Peyote Stitch Bail
When I started beading the bail, the beads were not in the proper position. I added a single bead and then stitched back down into the tubular peyote in the opposite direction.
This reinforces where the beads atttach to the bail.
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Flat Even Count Peyote Bail
Once the thread is back in position, pick up a bead, stitch through the up bead. Then pick up a bead and stitch through the up bead in the opposite direction. This is the same technique used to make the band for the peyote flower ring band.
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Continue the Peyote Stitch Bail
Continue stitching the bail. It needs to be long enough to fold over the top of the bead with enough room between the bead and bail to fit whatever chain or cord you wnat to use.
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Zipping the Flat Peyote Bail
When the peyote is long enough, you will attach it to the other side of the peyote strip. This is usually called zipping the peyote together. Like the teeth of a zipper, the beads must be up on one side and down on the other side in the place they are going to join.
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Reinforce the Beadwork Connection Point
Reinforce the connection points by stitching though the beads a couple of extra times. Tie off the thread ends by stitching into the beadwork and using half hitch knots to secure the thread periodically.
Trim the cord close to the beadwork using a thread burner or scissors.
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Peyote Beaded Tusk Necklace
Add a chain to hang your pendant.
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Peyote Beaded Tusk Variations
This picture shows how different the finished pendant can look depending on how thick you make the beadwork band. The beaded tusks look great individually or with a group of other charms on a necklace.
They can also be used as earrings.