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May 2006 Beaded Turtle Charm

You can find a variety of Free Arts and Craft Project here, including beaded project and other project.  This month, I would like to feature the instruction on a beaded 3D Turtle that can be turned into an Ornament, pendant, earrings or charm.

Beaded Turtle

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

Beaded 3-D Turtle

What you need:

1)    Crystal Bicones (17pcs 5mm blue; 12pcs 5mm pink; 10pcs 4mm blue; 
       2pcs 4mm black; 1pc 4mm red; 1pc 3mm blue) 
2)    Beading string (nylon or wire) 0.25mm

Step 1: Before you start, always remember to pull tight on every step.
Cut a piece of thread around half a meter long.
The starting point is marked with a green dot in the picture.
Click on this link for instruction on this step if you have not done RAW before: Right Angle Weave 

Then scroll down to follow the instruction that says: 
Flat Right Angle Weave using double thread stringing method
Make one with the blue 5mm bicones and one with the pink 5mm bicones. (tie off the blue crystal piece and string the thread back through the piece to hide the thread. You can tie a knot just to keep the crystals in place for the pink piece but you need to bead further with both of the threads, so do not cut them off - it's ok not to tie off too but tying to secure is advice for RAW beginners)

Step 2: THE BODY:

Continuing from step 1, I have changed the read thread color to blue as there will be red crystals representing the pink crystals and red thread color will not show.

First, remember to turn the pink crystal piece 90 degrees so that it is a
+shape and the blue crystal piece is still at the X shape.

The blue piece is the stomach of the turtle and the pink piece is the shell of the turtle.

Start tying the two pieces together using the thread from the pink crystal piece. The green dot is the starting point or the point where you left off at step 1.
Pass the thread through the pink crystal on the right side as shown by the black line, crisscross both thread blue and black through the two blue crystal from the blue piece as shown - Important: remember that you should be tying the two pink crystal with the wider gap with the two blue crystal with the smaller gap so that the two pieces are not exactly adjacent on top of one another but a
+ on top of the X.

After tying this two piece together, tie off the threads that you were using for tying and string the remainder back through your beaded creation to secure and hide the thread (no specific order) you should have the pink piece forming a half sphere on top of the blue piece.
Step 3: THE HEAD:

Cut a new piece of thread around 1/3 meter long, (the red dot is the starting point) string on three blue 4mm bicones followed by a red 4mm bicone (mouth of turtle) and cross both threads through this red bicone.
Add one 4mm blue bicone on each side of the thread and add one more to crisscross both threads.
Add one 4mm black bicone (eyes of the turtle) on each side of the thread and add one more blue 4mm bicone to crisscross both threads.
Add one 4mm blue bicone on each side of the thread and crisscross both threads back through the first bicone (with the red dot), you can opt to tie a knot for securing the piece but do not cut the remainder away as you still need them in the next step.
Step 4: Putting Everything together:

Continuing from step 3, the crystal which you ended off at were marked with green.
Turn the body of the turtle belly up (blue crystals facing up) placing the head piece at the blue body where the gap is larger as shown.

On the right (red) thread, string it through the 5mm blue bicone of the body on the right, add one 5mm blue crystal for the front right claw, string the thread back through the bottom two blue crystal on the body. 
Add one 5mm blue crystal for the back right claw, string the thread through the next blue crystal from the body. 
Add one 5mm, one 4mm, one 3mm blue crystal (for the tail) then pass the thread back through the 4mm and 5mm crystals that you just added and further through the next blue crystal from the body.
Add one 5mm blue crystal for the back left claw, string the thread through one blue crystal from the body (leave this string for the moment).
On the left (black) thread, string it through the 5mm blue bicone of the body on the left, add one 5mm blue crystal for the front left claw, string the thread back through the bottom one blue crystal on the body.
Now the two threads meet, you can now tie off and string the excess back into the turtle piece in way you like, just to hide the lines and make the knot stay stronger.

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