Iced Bun Pattern
These cute little iced bun earrings or key ring are a very quick project to make. The pattern includes four pages of written instructions with diagrams. The project uses a combination of circular Peyote and tubular brick stitch, with increases. As long as you are familiar with these techniques, this pattern is suitable for all levels. It uses a very small number of seed beads, so is ideal for using up odd leftover beads. If you have a copy of my original miniature beaded cakes book, then you may already have seen this project featured in the gallery. You can easily make your iced bun earrings smaller or larger by using a different size of seed beads, but if you are just starting out with this pattern, you would be well advised to begin with larger beads until you feel comfortable with the techniques. They are not difficult, but can be a little fiddly! I used some scraps of tissue to stuff my iced buns so that they would keep their shape. When you come to attach the earring or key ring finding, I would recommend using some French Wire to do this and you can find a handy sheet all about this here.
For anyone who is wondering what iced buns are, I would describe them as the predecessor of cupcakes! They are a similar shape, but smaller in size and not traditionally decorated with the type of fancy icing that we see on cupcakes. However, they were a childhood favourite of mine – home-made by my Mum. Sometimes they are referred to as fairy cakes, although these often have extra slices of cake perched on top of the icing, like fairy wings…this was a speciality of my Grandmother. So I think that probably explains why these little cuties sprang to mind when I was creating ideas for beaded cakes!