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Beaded Grandfather Clock Instructions

Beaded Grandfather Clock Pattern - Beaded Clock Pattern - Free Beaded Craft Instructions


 

Make this elegant beaded grandfather clock for your mantel or to give as a gift.

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Materials Needed:
  • 50 - 8mm crystal faceted
  • 1200 - 10mm crystal faceted
  • 4 - 10 yd hanks of monofilament
  • 1 set of clock hands, 1 pendulum clock movement, battery
  • 1 clock face
  • 1 - 40mm swing pendulum
  • Scissors, glue, ruler

Instructions







Helpful Hint: Bead projects are a lot easier to do than they look. The basic idea is slipping beads onto cords and criss-crossing cords through beads. Terms like "ladder","add on" row and "joining in a circle" are just used to describe the different steps.

Terms:

A "Ladder"
A Ladder is the row that is made to start off. It is made by slipping a (side) bead, (center) bead and a (side) bead onto a cord and criss-crossing cords through a (center) bead. See Fig 1
Slide the beads to the center of the cord. Then, build the "ladder" to whatever length necessary by adding a (side) bead to each cord and criss-crossing through a (center) bead. See Fig 2
Joining a "ladder" in a circle:
This is done by slipping a (side) bead onto one cord and then slipping that same cord through the first (center) bead at the other end of the "ladder" that started it off. Then, criss-crossing cords through a new (side) bead. See fig 3.
An "add on" row is adding a row onto the last one. To do this, slip a (center) bead and a (side) bead onto the outer cord (which if you like to work toward the right the left cord is the outer cord or if you work to the left the right cord is the outer) and criss-cross through a (center) bead.
After you have criss-crossed through a (center) bead the cords will be coming out of the top and bottom of the (center) bead as in fig 4. When the cords are coming out of the top or bottom the bottom cord is always the inner cord and the top cord is always the outer cord.
Then, slip the inner cord through the next (side) bead of the previous row. See Fig 5.
Slip a (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross through a (center) bead.
Continue this step all the way around the row. To do an "add on" row, the very first step is to slip on two beads and criss-cross through a third bead. After that, the rest of the row is slipping on one bead and criss-crossing through a second bead.
Joining an "add on" row in a circle:
When you have slipped the inner cord through the last (side) bead of the previous row, slip that same cord through the first (center) bead that started this row. Then, criss-cross cords through a (side) bead.

* Always be sure to keep the cords pulled very tight. Pull cords very tightly each time you criss-cross cords through a (center) bead. It will not work to wait until the end of the row and then pull tightly, you must pull tight after each step. If the row you are working on is coming out rippled looking instead of flat, then the cords are not pulled tight enough.

After completing each row stop and look at the row. If it looks odd or out of shape it is probably not correct. You may have added an extra bead or forgot to slip the inner cord through the next (side) bead and it is easier to pull apart after each row than getting too far and then realizing you've made a mistake.
It is not recommended that you read the pattern first and then go back. The directions may be very difficult to understand by just reading and not doing. Instead, follow each step doing just what it says and you will find that it is not as difficult as it may seem. Refer back to the Terms for help.

Use all 10mm beads unless otherwise stated.You will be beginning at the bottom of the clock and working up from there.

1. Cut a 76" piece of cord. Build a "ladder" that is thirty-six (center) beads long.

2. Join this ladder in a circle and tie and trim off. Form this circle into a rectangle that is seven (side) beads wide and eleven(side) beads long.

3. Cut another 76" piece of cord. This next row will be going flat.
(a) Slip through two corner beads on any one of the four corners of your rectangle. Slip a (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross throug a (*center) bead.
(b) Slip the inner cord through the next (side) bead of the previous row. Slip a (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross through a (center) bead. Continue this along the row until you get to the last bead of this row.
(c) Slip the inner cord through the next two corner beads and criss-cross through a (center) bead.
(d) Continue along the row repeating step (b) along the sides and when you reach a corner follow step (c).
To end the row: after you have slipped the inner cord through the last bead of the previous row, slip a (side) bead onto the other cord. Slip that same cord through the next (center) bead that is already there and tie and trim off excess.

4. Cut a 2-yard piece of cord. This next row will be going up from the last flat one. Slip through one of the (side) beads of the previous row. Do a regular "add on" row along the straight edges, but when you reach the corners they will be done a little differently than the last row. When you have slipped through the last bead of one side, slip a (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross through a (center) bead. Then slip through the next (side) bead of the next side. This is different because in the previous row on the corners you would slip through two corner beads at once. On this row you will slip through one bead at a time all the way around the row and do a regular add on row. Do not add or omit any beads at the corners. End the row as before. Tie and trim off excess cord.

5. Slip a 60" piece of cord through two corner beads and do another flat add on row as in step 3. Tie and trim off excess cord.

6. Slip a 54" piece of cord through one of the side beads of the previous row. Do another add on row going up from the previous flat row as in step 4. Tie and trim off excess cord.

7. This next row will continue to go up, but will start the opening for the pendulum. Slip a 68" piece of cord through the bead shown in (fig 7). Do another add on row working toward the right (down the side, across the back and up the other side). The row will end where shown in (fig 7), slip the cord through the bead shown. Then, slip a (center) bead onto that same cord and criss-cross through a (side) bead. This will have put the cords in position for an add on row. Do not tie or trim off cords.

8. Do an add on row working towards the left along the previous row made in step 7. Tie and trim off excess cord.

9. Slip a 68" piece of cord through the (side) bead that ended the previous row. Do two more add on rows along the previous. Tie and trim off excess.

10. Slip a 68" piece of cord through the (side) bead that ended the previous row. Do two more add on rows. Tie and trim off excess.

11. Slip a 68" piece of cord through the (side) bead that ended the previous row. Do two more add on rows. Tie and trim off excess.

12. Turn the clok so one of the sides are facing you (the top row on the side is three (side) beads long). Slip a 24" piece of cord through the first (side) bead on the left of this top row.
(a) Slip a (center) bead and (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross through a (center) bead.
(b) Slip the inner cord through the next (side) bead. Slip a (side) bead onto the outer cord and criss-cross through a (center) bead.
(c) Slip the inner cord through the next (side) bead. Then, slip a (center) bead onto that same cord and criss-cross through a (side) bead. DO NOT tie or trim off.

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