A very long time ago, when I first started beading, beaded bottles were very popular beading projects. Even though I loved making peyote stitch needle cases, it took me ten long years to discover how much fun stitching beaded netting is around a tiny glass bottle!
I recently found a set of tiny glass bottles in the scrap book supply aisle at my local craft store, and as soon as I saw them, I thought they would be perfect for practicing my sculptural beadwork skills.
To start off, I decided to make a couple of tiny beaded bottles using beaded netting. The beaded netting works up very quickly (in about an hour), and you can embellish them with any fancy flower or leaf beads you happen to have handy! Use your imagination to add some beaded fringe and a strap for wearing your tiny beaded bottle when you're finished.
- One tiny glass bottle with cork, approximately 2 inches long. (About 1/3" in diameter)
- 5 grams each, two colors of size 15 seed beads (A and B)
- Embellishment beads of your choice (I used a Lucite mix from The Hole Bead Shoppe)
- Beading thread: 6 lb. Fireline recommended
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
To finish your beaded bottle, work the netting until you reach the neck of the bottle. Decrease in your netting by picking up 2A, 1B, and 2A for each stitch, and pull snugly. For the last round, simply pass through the A beads in the round several times, tie a few half-hitch knots, and add a drop of glue if desired.
Embellish your bottle with any beads you have handy. Some ideas: tiny seashells, Lucite flowers and leaves, or crystal bicones will make your beaded bottle even more beautiful! Use your imagination to add a strap and some beaded fringe for a truly unique beaded keepsake.
For inspiration, you can write a favorite quote or prayer on a small scrap of paper, roll it up, and insert it into the bottle.
Thanks to The Hole Bead Shoppe for their yummy Lucite flowers!