Tusk the Elephant by Harolah Cheser
Thread size 20, Beads: 9 seed beads and two tusks.
Earring hooks: 2
R = ring
vsp = very small picot
B = bead
2B = two beads
Note: 2 B = 2 ds, bead
clr = close ring
CH = chain
RW = reverse work
DNRW = do not reverse work
SR = split ring (/)
DS = double stitch
+ = join
C&T = cut and tie
t = slide the tusk on the shuttle thread into position
For the head and ears, slide 1 tusk, 7 B, 1 tusk onto the shuttle thread into position.
R 5 t (tusk) 6 2B 6 vsp 2 B 1 B 1 B 2 vsp 6 2B 6 t 5 clr RW
CH 5 + (join to base of tusk)35, arch (compress)
CH + 4 - 4 + 35, arch (compress)
CH + (join to base of tusk)5 + at start C&T. Trunk.
SR 5 B / 5 clr
SR 7 / 7 clr
SR 9 / 9 clr
R 9 + (join to base of tusk) 12 + (join to base of tusk) 9, clr. Finish ends.
Tusk the Elephant Diagram
Notes: The use of the word arch or compress refers to shaping the chain. Holding the last double stitch firmly, slide the double stitch back to where the chain began. This forces a curve or arch into the work. If you feel there was too much compression, lay the chain down flat on the table and use the back of your thumbnail to gently brush the tops of the double stitch. This allows them to spread out a bit.
On the diagram, the trunk begins at the tip and split rings take the work back toward the head. The tip of the trunk is marked as a split ring. Since it is the first it need not be a split ring. Either way you tat it, be sure to move the bead up to the center point of the ring.
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