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Mini Beaded Banner
It's nearly Talk Like a Pirate Day again!
I made a miniature Jolly Roger banner in odd count peyote. But don't worry that there are only a few days left! It's in size 8 Japanese seed beads and works up very quickly, or if you make it in size 11 or size 15 seed beads it would work as a brooch or necklace.
The finished size in size 8 seed beads is 3 inches wide by just over 4 inches long not counting the hanger. So it's a good size to decorate your cubicle or to hang from your rear view mirror.
The hanger on mine is made from 10 gauge copper wire that's bent at 90 degree angles on the ends, and then I hammered the ends into paddle shapes and punched them with a metal punch. I used handmade jump rings and handmade clasps to hang that from a copper chain, then darkened it using liver of sulfur.
If you don't want to do that, forming a hanger using a cut down dowel and dowel caps like were used for the beaded knitting needles, painted with ribbon or string holding the dowel between the loops of beadwork will look very nice as well. This time of year you can find some wonderful skeleton ribbons at your local craft store to hang it from. When you finish beading the main part of the banner, go up to bead the loops. The loops will need to worked as long as it takes to go around what your using for a hanger, after the tabs are beaded long enough, you stitch them down to the first row of beading forming loops around your hanger.
Starting the beadwork from the beads marked with the dots, you'll work down. The colors I used were a matte hematite and white luster. One of the nice things about working with the size 8 Japanese beads is that they have large holes and make it very easy to learn odd count peyote. One of the cons is that they are comparatively heavy. Use a strong thread, and thread can be doubled. If you want to make it lighter weight, try the size 8 hex cut beads. That will also be more uniform. You can either use standard odd count peyote or this variation.
This pattern also makes a good gift for the men in your life if they like pirate-y things!
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