This superduo sunshine beaded box tutorial makes a box with substantial storage space and further options for variations. So, let me tell you a little more about the project.
You will be working with superduos, size 11 seed beads and size 8 seed beads to make this beaded box. The PDF tutorial includes details of the exact colours that I used. Plus, ideas for choosing your own colouring.
This is a flexible project in the sense that you can make it in a single colour. So, if you were to do that, you could invest in just one large pack of superduos. Alternatively, you can use even more colour shades than I have done. So, that is a great option if you already have smaller quantities of superduos in your stash and want to use them up.
In addition to the beads, you will also need beading thread. You need something that gives you good tension. My personal recommendation is Fireline, but if another thread gives you better tension, you can use that instead. Again, the PDF includes some tips to help you with thread choice.
Experience and techniques
You are going to be working mostly in Peyote stitch. However, one small section requires you to use basic Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW). I have linked to a free online class for learning the basic CRAW technique if you need it.
I recommend this project for intermediate beaders, and beyond.
This is also available as a complete online class, which includes two additional project variations. The online class gives you the same written PDF tutorial, but also includes video demonstrations of the techniques. So, if you are a less confident beader, that option may be better for you.
Find the details of the class at this link: https://my-world-of-beads.teachable.com/p/sunshine-and-flowers-superduo-beaded-boxes-tutorial/?preview=logged_out
About the superduo sunshine beaded box
The finished size of this beaded box is about 4” (10cm) across the width of the rays and 2” (5cm) high. The box base is 2” (5cm) wide, so it has good storage space. In the gallery, I have included a couple of images showing the box with some standard beading equipment, so you can get a sense of size.
You have plenty of scope for trying different variations in colour. In the online class, I have included another variation – a flower. This uses different colouring and alters the box base structure so that you can add a layer of leaves to sit under the petals. That also increases the size of the box a little.
The online class also shows you how to add a rivoli to the centre of the box top. So, that could be another element to add interest to your superduo sunshine beaded box.