Sea Turtle Beaded Bead Pattern


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Continuing on from my Star fish beaded bead, I have another aquatic bead for you. This sea turtle beaded bead sits really well with the star fish. So, like me, you could create an entire necklace on this theme!


Your sea turtle beaded bead just needs a few grams of size 11 seed beads. You will use three colours to give the pattern for the shell and body.

I strongly recommend that you use seed beads rather than cylinder beads for this. (Don’t know the difference?…then check out this blog!) This will give your turtle a more rounded shape, which suits it better than the harsher cylinder beads.

Made with size 11 seed beads, the sea turtle beaded bead measures just over 1″ in length (head to tail). If you wish, you can also try this pattern with other sizes of seed bead. Just one word of warning…size 15 beads may end up with a hole that is too small for stringing. But this also makes a really cute ornament!

You also need your favourite beading thread and you usual bead-weaving tools.

Techniques and Experience

You will be working in circular and tubular Peyote. So, this is ideal for anyone who enjoys Peyote stitch.

I have written very detailed instructions, with lots of diagrams to illustrate thread paths. So, even if this technique is fairly new for you, you should still be able to manage this project. I have linked to free tutorials and blogs in the pattern. So, you can use these to refresh your memory if you need any help with techniques.

About the Sea Turtle Beaded Bead

This may look like a cute little ornament… But I have actually designed the structure of this sea turtle so that it has a hole through it and can be strung. The hole runs from head to tail – as shown in the photos. You will create it as you bead.

Now, if you prefer an ornament, you can always fill in the hole. But my mission for 2019 is to make 50 new beaded bead designs. So, I’m taking all the ideas I can for this year-long project!

I hope you like this little sea turtle and enjoy stringing it with some other beaded beads…

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