These are instructions for working with the patterns for creating
Beaded Snakes, Lizards and other Critters.
Most of the beads in the pattern are laid out in horizontal rows. The
horizontal rows all connect in relatively the same manner. To reduce clutter
in the patterns, no indications were made for how to connect them. Other beads
extend off to the sides of the main pattern and do not follow the basic
horizontal row pattern. Where they get attached to each other is indicated
with little tape marks.
There are three basic techniques used in creating your bead critter:
Starting, Working a horizontal row, and Attaching legs:
Start your beaded critter:
- Choose a long piece of ribbon (4 feet is sufficient for the patterns
- Take the correct number of pony beads for the first row of the beaded
critter's head and string them on the ribbon. Put them in the middle of the
ribbon. This will be the nose of the critter.
Work a horizontal row:
- Take one end of the ribbon and put all the beads on it that are needed for
the next horizontal row.
- Take the other end of the ribbon and run it through the same beads in the
opposite direction so that they criss-cross inside the beads.
- Pull both ends of the ribbon and the beads will form a second row of beads
behind the previous row.
- Keep threading both ends of the ribbon through each row of beads -- as you
did in steps 1 and 2 -- following the color pattern provided. Make sure you
pull the ends tight after each row.
- Take the ribbon that was used to create the last horizontal row. Run it
through the beads of the leg.
- Next run it through the three beads of the foot
- Finally, run it back through the beads of the leg again.
- Repeat for other leg
- Your ribbon is now in position to do the next horizontal row.
- Note, if the pattern you are doing has no foot on the leg, simply skip the
last bead when running the ribbon back through the leg again.
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