Beaded Locket Tutorial

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Use peyote stitch and work with size 11 Delicas for this project. You will need a Rivoli and a handful of peanut beads (or similar) for the decoration. Photos inside the locket are not included! This project is suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders. This tutorial is free with a copy of my book, ‘Keepsake cards’ – scroll down and read the description to find out how to get this offer.

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About the Beaded Locket

I designed this beaded locket as I was exploring ideas for my Keepsake Cards project. I was looking at ways in which the card idea could be developed and, since I had already designed an ‘aperture’ card, I realised this was just like a picture frame, so the idea of a beaded locket sprang from there. I also wanted to look at adding three-dimensional adornments to the front of a card, so I took a Rivoli and worked out how to bezel around it to form a heart. I had originally thought to put this on a Valentine’s card, but I realised that it would be perfect for the beaded locket: after all, lockets are about carrying around a memento of someone or something that we love.

The front of the locket is constructed using circular peyote stitch. The back of the beaded locket is made using even count Peyote, incorporating a pattern into the design. So if you think you might need help with following the pattern, you can find a handy free tutorial here. Both halves of the locket incorporate a frame into which you can slide a tiny photo. The beaded locket measures about 2″ (5cm), so it the perfect size for a pendant. You will be working with Delica beads so that you get a really regular shape. I used a few peanut beads to add some adornment to disguise the join between the two halves and add interest to the locket. The whole design is finished with a little peyote stitch beaded bail.

The instructions do make some references to the Keepsake cards book from which this design originated. I had originally planned to include the locket in the book, but I ran out of space! So, for this reason, I am offering this pattern for free when you buy the book. If you would like to find out more about the Keepsake Cards book, or indeed take advantage of this offer, then follow this link.

1 review for Beaded Locket Tutorial

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    kmearles (verified owner)

    Katie writes very detailed, cleverly designed, and easy to follow patterns.

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