This gorgeous artisan lampwork bead (luscious swirling colors!) presented a beading challenge - the 2 holes at the top needed to be turned into a bail:
I chose some burgundy metallic 11/0s, and started by using peyote stitch to weave a circular band through the 2 holes, front to back. Then I started stitching a freeform peyote bail from the back of the circle, increasing as needed to widen the bail. I also started adding in some 11/0 Delicas for a little texture.
view from the back - just starting to increase
Once the bail was as tall and wide as I wanted, I started to decrease, gradually taking it down to meet the circular band I had stitched through the 2 holes, this time meeting at the front. I connected it to the band, and my bail was complete:
I chose to make the bail wider in the back than the front. I think it turned out pretty well!
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