Beaded 3D Anchor Tutorial
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July 2012 Beaded 3D Anchor Tutorial Pattern

You can find a variety of Free Arts and Craft Project here, including beading tutorials and other project. This month's project is a beaded 3D anchor, made with glass seed beads, using the right angle weave beading technique.

The pictorials are illustrated with spaces between beads for a clearer direction, in the actual beading, there should be no spaces.

Beaded 3D Anchor:

What you need:

1)   Glass seed beads 11/0 (white and gold), size 12/0 (white)
2)   Beading string (0.25mm)

Always Remember to pull tight on EVERY STEP.

 Beaded Anchor Pattern
Step 1:
  • Cut a piece of string around half a meter long: (work with all white beads)

    Add one size 12, one size 11, one size 12 and one size 11 beads on one end of the string and crisscross the other string through the last bead added.
Beaded Anchor step 1
Step 2:
  • Continue to: (work with all white beads)

    Add one size 12 seed bead on each side of the string and one last size 11 bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 2
Step 3:
  • Continue to: (work with all white beads)

    Add one size 12 seed bead on each side of the string and one last size 11 bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 3
Step 4:
  • Continue to: (work with all white beads) (work with only one side of the string)

    On the left (red) string:
    Add one size 11, one size 12, one size 11, one size 12, one size 11, one size 12 seed bead.
    Cross this same string back up through the second size 11 bead added on this step.
    Add one last size 12 bead and pass the string back down the first bead added on this step.
  • Repeat for the other side of the string (black)!
Beaded Anchor step 4
Beaded Anchor tutorial
Step 5:
  • Continue to: (work with all white beads)

    Add one size 11 seed bead to crisscross both strings through.
  • Continue to:

    Repeat step 2 five more times to achieve a flat cross.
  • Repeat step 1 to step 5  again to make another flat cross.
Beaded Anchor step 5


Beaded Anchor Pattern
Step 6:
  • Joining the two cross to make a 3D cross: (work with all white beads)

    Add one size 12 seed bead on the left (red) string and pass the same string down through the other cross's last size 11 bead added (marked A).
    Add one last size 12 seed bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 6
Step 7:
  • Continue to: (work with all white beads)

    Pass each side of the string through one old size 12 bead beside.
    Add one size 12 to crisscross both strings through.
  • Keep repeating this to join up all the sides of the whole cross and you know its done when you are back to the first size 12 bead you added on step 6. Once you have joined all the sides with size 12 beads, tie off.
Beaded Anchor step 7
Step 8:
  • Cut a new piece of string, around half a meter long: (work with all white beads)

    Turn the finished 3D beaded cross so that the base (four beads represented by the purple beads) faces you.
    Pass the new string through one old size 12 bead marked with a red dot.
    Add one size 12 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 8
Step 9:
  • Repeat step 8 five more times. (note - with different sizes of beads)

    - Add one size 12 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
    - Add one size 12 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
    - Add one size 11 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
    - Add one size 11 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
    - Add one size 11 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 9
Step 10:
  • Continue to:

    Add two size 12 seed beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
  • Repeat this same step two more times.
Beaded Anchor step 10
Beaded Anchor tutorial
Step 11:
  • Continue to:

    Add one size 11 beads on each side of the string and one last size 12 bead to crisscross both strings through.
Beaded Anchor step 11
Step 12:
  • Continue to:

    Repeat step 10 exactly (add three times of six bead circles).

    Repeat step 11 three times.

    Repeat step 8 two times.
Beaded Anchor step 12

Beaded Anchor tutorial

Beaded Anchor Pattern
Step 13:
  • Continue to:

    Add one size 12 bead on each side of the string.
    Pass the top (red) string down through one old bead marked A.
    Cross this same red string through the other bead added on the other black string.
Beaded Anchor step 13

After pulling tight, you should have something like this:

Beaded Anchor pattern
Step 14:
  • Continue to: (use only the left red string)

    *Newly added beads are illustrated by purple beads here.

    Add one size 11 bead on the left (red) string, pass the string down through two old beads marked A and B.
    Add one size 11 bead on the same string and continue to pass the string up one old bead marked C.
    Add one size 11 bead on the same string and continue to pass the string through three old beads marked D, E and F.
    Pass the same string back through the last bead added and down through two old beads marked G and H.
    Pass the same string back up through the second bead added on this step and up one old bead marked I.
    Pass the same string back down through the first bead added on this step and down two old beads marked J and K.
Beaded Anchor step 14
Step 15:
  • Continue to:

    *Newly added beads are illustrated by purple beads here.

    Add one size 11 bead to crisscross both strings through, continue to pass the strings and adding new beads to join up the gap as shown.

    Repeat for the other opposite side of the beaded anchor, adding size 11 beads to join up the gap. Once you are done, tie off, pass the excess through the piece for a more secure knot and add a jump ring or hook to hang as charm or jewelry!
Beaded Anchor step 15

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