This underwater beaded box was originally published in Bead & Button Extra in August 2018. So, if you are a subscriber, you can get the pattern there.
If you’re not a subscriber, this link will give you more information. Or, you can just grab your copy of the pattern from me here.
To make your underwater beaded box, you will need:
- Size 11 delicas
- GemDuos in Aqua splash
- Your choice of beading thread
You will need a beading thread that gives you good tension and is strong. For me, that is Fireline. But I realise that your choice may be different. So, go with whatever works for you.
I also suggest that you keep to the Aqua Splash colouring for the GemDuos. I chose these deliberately because they look like rippling water.
Experience and Techniques
The underwater beaded box is made using Peyote stitch. You should be comfortable with circular and tubular, plus ‘stitch in the ditch’ before you try this. If you need any reminders, you can check out my free tutorials here>>
I recommend this project for advanced beaders. Or at the very least, for someone who has previously made one of my beaded boxes.
I often make boxes using size 10 delicas. But for this, I have used size 11. So, that means it will feel a little more tricky to stitch.
About the Underwater Beaded Box Pattern
I made this box for the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. They had sent me a pack of beads to try, including the new ‘splash’ coating on the GemDuos. As soon as I saw it, I thought of water.
I also wanted to experiment with a different shape for a box. So, I don’t know if you’ve seen a diamond shaped box anywhere else, but I hadn’t. The GemDuo shape leant itself to this idea. So, everything else followed from that.
Once I had thought of rippling water, I began to think about what might be found in the water. So, imagine the box lid is a beautiful lake. On the sides of the box, we take a glimpse at the fish and water weed that live below the surface.