I've been trying to come up with a design to showcase all five beaded beads, but haven't thought of anything yet. It is probably just as well since only two of the beaded bead patterns have been published.
The first pattern is Seeing Stars by Melinda Barta and was published in the February/March issue of Beadwork.
I didn't think I would like this pattern at first. You bead four tiny stars and then start to link them together. I don't usually like beading the same motif several times, but I made an exception for this project. The little starts are adorable.
These took almost no time at all and are a great way to use those left over seed beads.
I kept the same multi-color scheme in the Cube Cluster Beaded Bead, designed by Gwen Fisher and published in the April/May issue of Beadwork. Gwen is a mathematician and incorporates a great amount of geometry and symmetry in her designs. I am constantly blown away by what she can imagine and then put into beaded form.
Gwen's beaded bead was no exception. I loved this bead. As complicated as it seems, it is a very simple, symmetrical (and organized) beaded bead.
I'm very excited to see the next few beaded bead patterns. I am hoping an idea will begin to form.