Free Project: Shell Game Rope

Free Project: Shell Game Rope

♪ [music] ♪ Sometimes, I will be teaching in a
classroom and a student will be doing something in a way that’s not exactly the
way that we’re supposed to be doing it. And I’ll kind of tease them,
“Oh, look. You’re making your own
unique variation of this.” Well, sometimes, that’s not teasing. Sometimes,
what they’re doing will turn out to be a whole new project, or a new piece of a
project that is valid in its own right. Actually, I have this funny story to tell
about this particular project that we’re going to go over just now, it’s called the
“Shell Game” necklace, bracelet. It’s a rope, so you can make it
either a necklace or a bracelet. And one day, my mom and I were both
sitting there in the living room, watching TV at night, beading away like we
do and I said, “Hey, what are you working on? That’s really
pretty. I really like how that’s coming out” And she’s like, “Oh, I’m making a
double spiral rope.” I was like, “Really? Let me take a look at that.” And
I made her give it to me. I’m looking at it closer, I’m like, “This
is really cool, but this is not how you do a double spiral rope.” So she was actually
doing it wrong, what she thought was a double spiral rope, and instead it turned
into this fabulous project. So it just goes to show…don’t worry
about mistakes because sometimes, those mistakes turn out to be diamonds.
And this one certainly has been. So let’s take a closer look at the
project, and I’ll show you how to make your double spiral wrong, and make it look
fabulous. This is what it work looks like. And one of the reasons she was working
with it is because we frequently will hear from people that they want to use bugle
beads. They keep buying them, and then they’re not really quite sure
what to do with them. Bugles work up beautifully in a spiral rope. Look at how
in kind of gives the shell effect to it. And that’s why we named it “Shell Game.”
So this is actually a double spiral rope done wrong. So those of you who have done
spiral ropes before, this is going to be very easy for you to
pick up. If you need a tutorial on how to do just a regular spiral rope or even how
to do a double spiral rope the correct way, I will pop links up for both of those
videos, because I do have those filmed. So I’m starting out here with a stopper
bead and I’m going to pick up five of my size eight core beads. Core beads means
that that’s what’s running down the center spine of…you can’t even see it on this
particular project, but if you kind of peer really close in here, there’s some
bronze spine beads right in the center there. They’re really just something for
us to attach all of these loops to. So there’s our five spine beads. Now we’re
going to pick up five size 11 beads for our loop, and one bugle bead. Let me tell
you here. These are the materials that you’re going to need. You’re going to use
size 8s for your spine, size 11s for your loop, and a 6 millimeter
bugle bead. Six millimeter is sometimes known as a size three bugle bead also. Six
millimeter, size three. So you’re picking up those beads, and then
you’re going to pass through all beads in that spine, that center spine again. So
all five of those. Okay, so that’s our first loop. Now, without
adding any more spine beads yet, we’re going to add another loop just the
same. So we’re adding five of the size 11s and one bugle bead, and then we’re passing
through those same five spine beads again like so. Now if you were doing a double
spiral the proper way, you’d have one of these off to one side,
and one off to the other side. But because we’re doing this, basically,
the wrong way, we’re going to push those off to the same side every time. Now we’re
going to add our second round here, which means that we now need to add a single
spine bead. So I’m picking up one of the size eights, and then the beads of our
next loop. So that means three of our size 11s… I’m sorry. Five of our size 11s and
one bugle bead. We’re bringing that all down to the piece here because we’re only
then going to pass up through the top five spine beads, meaning we’re dropping one
below, and we’re passing through the one that we just added. Okay. When we tighten,
you want to keep making sure that this loop is sitting off to the same side.
So we don’t want, all of a sudden, this loop to be off this way. It always
needs to be off to the same side. I’m pushing mine to the right, but you can
push them to the right, you can push them to the left. It doesn’t matter.
You just want to pick a direction and be consistent with it. So now, that was my
first loop out of this new spine bead. Now we’re going to add a second loop the
exact same way. So one, two, three, four, five, and a bugle
passing through that same top five spine beads. So now we’ve got two loops out of
that spine bead. You’re going to forget, at some point, whether you have already
done two loops or not. You’re going to walk away, come back to
your piece and go, “No, wait, do I need to add a second one here?” What
you can do is look at the top here. So if you look at the top, you can kind of
see how many loops you have coming out of that top bead, and that will remind you
whether you need to add a loop or whether you’re ready to start adding another spine
bead. And in this case, I’m ready to add another spine bead. So
I’m going to just keep going here and adding a couple more rounds so that you
can kind of see this start to fill in. Because some of the comments that I got
from my original…oops, and the bugle. Can’t forget the bugle
bead. That makes the whole shell thing going on. From my original videos that say
they felt like I stopped too soon. They wanted to see the whole spiral kind
of fill in a little bit more, so just hang out with me here while I do
this. So you’ll notice now that because I added a new spine bead on top, that means
I’m only doing the top five spine beads. So just remember each time that you’re
just going to do the top five. So now I need a second loop out of that
guy. One, two, three, four, five, and a bugle. We’re just
passing through the top five. One, two, three, four, five, there we go.
See how this is kind of starting to fill in on the back here as I’m pushing
everything to the side. What you’re going to see as we keep going is it’s going
to start filling in underneath here also. So we’ve got our two loops out of the
spine beads. We’re going to pick up one new spine beads for the first loop.
Okay. I’ve gone ahead and beaded ahead a little bit so that you don’t have to sit
here and watch me do all this. And you can see that as we’re pushing
these off to the same side, how it starts curling around in front, And
that means when you go to grab those top five spine beads here, sometimes you kind
of have to pry in here a little bit. Now this isn’t too far down the path, so
not having to do too much prying, but you can kind of have to go, one two,
three, four, and then kind of pry the loops apart to find number five, to pass
through to get your next loop in. Let’s see here. My thread’s kind of
caught. There we go. Like so. Well. Come off. There we go. So here’s two
loops then on this one, I’m ready to do my next one and add a new
spine bead, and then we’ll just be catching the top five. You can see how
this…as this goes around, it ends up covering all of these spine
beads and it all starts swirling in. And that’s why you have to be very to keep
pushing it off to the same side each time, so you get that beautiful swirl action
going on. So when we come back, what I’m going to do is show you how to
attach the clasp. It’s easy. So now you have yourself a section of
rope, you certainly can make it a bracelet or you can make it a necklace length. And
we have kits available for both bracelets and necklace lengths or combo of the both,
because it’s nice to wear the matching sets sometimes. Your clasp, if you use the
clasp that’s in your kit, it will add about an inch of length to
your rope, so take that into account when you’re deciding your end points. Let me
show you close up how you’re actually going to attach that close…that clasp
that’s what I’m trying to say. Clasp. So here I am, Barbie’s decided that
this is the perfect length for her little Barbie bracelet. So with our thread coming
out that top spine bead, what you’re going to do is you’re going to
pick up two of the size 11 seed beads. I’m sorry. Actually, three of the size 11
seed beads, half of your clasp and then another three of the size 11s. And this is
for the square part of your toggle clasp. We’re going to do something slightly
different on the bar side, just so you know. So then I picked up
another three on this other half of the clasp, and then we’re going to pass down
through one or two beads in the spine. It doesn’t really matter. Somewhere around
one or two. So that just created a little loop on top here for your clasp. What we
need to do is reinforce that. And to reinforce it, it means we need to
turn around and go back through those loop beads again. So the easiest way to do this
is actually, to follow one of these loops that’s coming out of this particular bead
intersection where my thread’s coming out. Let me tell you something, the instinct
here’s going to be the easiest way to turn around and go back is to tie a knot here,
and then turn around and go back up. The reason I don’t suggest you do that is
because we’re going to be reinforcing this multiple times, so it’s possible that
you’re going to block up holes by tying a knot right there. So I actually think that
going around one of these loops is a better option. But if you’re more
determined to do a knot, then go for it. The worst that could happen is you have a
hole blocked up and you might have to come up with an alternate thread path. So
here, my thread is coming out between these two spine beads. I know that there’s
going to be a loop that’s associated with that, so here’s the loop that’s coming out
of that inner section. I’m going to follow those beads and pass
my thread through all the beads of that loop like so. We’re going to follow down
where it goes back into the spine. And then we’re going to pass up through
all the spine beads from there. And you’ll probably have to do this in multiple
passes. This is the kind of thing you want to do when you’ve got really good
lighting and you’re not going to get interrupted, so that you can kind of
really just sit and concentrate on what you’re doing. Okay. So there I’ve come
up through all those beads. Now I can reinforce this pathway, because look here
where I’ve got a bunch of extra thread showing. So this is going to be a perfect
opportunity for me to kind of tighten it by passing through and reinforcing. In
this particular clasp, if you’ll notice, the beads are actually passing through the
hole of this clasp freely, so you wouldn’t necessarily have had to do
the three on one side and three on the other. But different clasps have different
hole sizes there, so sometimes, you do, and sometimes you don’t. Just so
you know. Okay. So there we’ve passed through all of those again. And then we’re
going to do the same thing. So last time I
had gone down two… Let’s go down, say three or four, wherever
my needle just kind of comes out. Let’s see, wiggle, wiggle. There we go.
And now, I would do the same thing. So here, my thread is coming out of this
intersection. Here’s a loop coming out of there and pass through that loop, come
back up, reinforce one last time through there. And then this time, when you come
down, if you like, what you can do is, instead of going around a loop…
because that would be our last pass of securing that clasp area, you could
actually tie a knot. And let me show you how that would happen. So we’re just going
to catch the threads that are holding that spine section together. What I want to
make sure I don’t do is catch any other thread. So it’s just going to be the
threads in that center spine. Pull down so I’ve got a little bit of a loop
left. Pass my needle through the loop. And then I want to tighten this down nice
and slow, make sure the knot tightens in between that intersection there so that we
don’t have any thread showing. And then I would probably move another
bead away, tie another knot. In general, I like to tie two to three
knots if I’m going to tie knots, so do the same thing to tie another knot.
And then, this part of your clasp is done. Now, the second half of your clasp is
going to be similar. And I’m just going to kind of show this to you on the sample. We
need to make this elongated a little bit, and the reason is you need to be able to
get this toggle bar up high enough through the round part of your clasp, so that it
can attach. That means we need a slightly longer piece of just seed beads here.
Coming out of that main spine bead there, we’ve picked up one, two, three, four,
five, six seed beads, attached the clasp, picked up two seed beads, and then passed
back down through those same four so that you’re just creating a single line
here. And then, going back and doing the reinforcement the same way. It’s very
similar, it’s just the numbers of beads that you’re picking up that’s slightly
different. I know that I’m not demonstrating that for you, but it is
available, all the written instructions, and diagrams are available in the written
set of instructions that is a free pdf download on our website at
jillwisemandesigns. com. We also have kits available, three different color ways. And
in the the necklace, or the bracelet, or the necklace and bracelet
combo. I think that’s everything that I have to say, so I know you guys are going
to enjoy this one. I, actually, when I was making up the sample,
I was having a lot of fun with it. I haven’t made one in a really long time,
and this is one of those very zen-like beading projects, because you don’t have
to think about it too much. You get into the rhythm and this is a good
TV watching program. I really enjoyed making it,
and I hope you do too. ♪ [music] ♪

Comments (78)

  1. You are so awesome!!!! Best instructor ever. Fun and fabulous!!!! Thanks Jill.

  2. Soooooooooo Pretty! Great mistake! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Very cool! As you were making it I started thinking, wouldn't one "Shell make a cool earring, perhaps with a little bicone on each end, maybe the bottom one could dangle….( sorry I might not be describing this right). At any rate this is a gorgeous pattern THANKS

  4. wow i love it!! gonna try it soon…i love the necklace ur wearing jill!! does it have a tutorial?

  5. Yeah Jill, yeah, June!  Thank you for this project!  Blessings on your new place, I'm so excited for y'all!!!

  6. Love it, thank you for sharing with us! ❤️

  7. i love it! great tutorial as usual…you are an awesome teacher! Is that crystals I'm spying on that purple mug?

  8. Thanks, Jill's mom for the pretty bracelet. Turned out really pretty. Thank you for sharing the tute.

  9. Very pretty. Thanks to Team Wiseman for sharing it. I'm that person with loads of bugles and no idea on what to do with them. I can feel lots of colour combos flying off my beading tray. Great job ladies. xx

  10. I Love it …I need some bugles !!!

  11. Yay Momma June! Love it.

  12. I love your tutorials! So easy to follow.

  13. very pretty. I will have to try and make one. thank you.

  14. Wow Mama June make awesome mistakes cause this is beautiful. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you! I love it & can't wait to make it.

  16. Reminds me of a celebration like Christmas or New Years. Perfect timing! I just finished making my first spiral rope bracelet. This will definitely be on my " to do" list. Thank you for your awesome tutorials!!!

  17. Very nice, love it.Thanks for sharing.

  18. Awesome tutorial! I love all your tutorials and you. Thanks to Mom for making a diamond mistake. Off to get my beads…

  19. I really love the affect of this! I can't wait to try it! Thanks Jill! 🙂

  20. Love this Shell Game design. So much fun, Thank you Jill's mother, and of course Jill for showing us how to do it.

  21. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing this pattern. You are a great beader.

  22. I would love to win this set. I am new to your videos and I love them. They are so easy to follow.

  23. thank u so much for using bugles they r one of my fav u r the person who taught me how to begin beading i would just like to say thank u and i appreciate all the videos u give us

  24. Thanks for the beautiful pattern and superb tutorial. I enjoyed making this so much that I had a hard time putting it down. I had 9mm bugles so used them and they worked wonderfully. I made the entire bracelet out of gold bugles and gold galvanized seeds. It looks like an expensive gold jewelry piece.

  25. a must try,thanks Jill, please I sent you a message on Instagram,thanks

  26. Love this! If one had a plethora of #2 Czech bugles, would you recommend the same number of 11s? I cant even remember why I bought all of the #2s but I have a ton. Just wondering! Thanks again, Jill, for everything.

  27. me gusta aprender pero resulta q cadi todo está en ingles.

  28. My wire was to thick, so I made earrings instead of a necklace. The following will be the necklace 🙂

  29. this is a beautiful project, but I really wanted to see how those beginning loops filled in. You said you would work longer so we could see the process. Then you worked off camera 'so we wouldn't have to watch you. The watching was what I wanted.

  30. Hi Jill,
    I just watched this and I love it. I am gonna make a couple of bracelets. they're gonna make great christmas presents. Thanks so much and keep the good tutorials coming.

  31. Muy lindo y bien explicado gracias

  32. very nice i like it very much thank you

  33. Thank you for this nice tutorial!!!!
    I love the way you're explaining <3 It's really easy to follow!

  34. I.m confused, at the bottom of the video it says 1/2. Where is 2, I can"t find it.

  35. I love this, I made one for my daughter for Christmas.

  36. Hi Jill I am not getting the shell effect. What am I doing wrong?

  37. couple of tips #1 This gorgeous bracelet is a thread eater, I had to add thread twice & it totaled up to over10ft of thread. #2 Watch your tension, (don't pull too tight) or you won't be able to get your needle into the spine. Otherwise, I love it! It wears very nicely and sparkles like crazy!

  38. What is the name of the little lap desk your working on?

  39. I love your videos. Thank you!

  40. it looks like movie theatre popcorn i love. it🙂❤

  41. Hi Jill, thank you for this wonderful tutorial.  I am working on mine now but am having a lot of trouble.  For some reason when I go back through my spine beads am having trouble passing thru them.  I just can't seem to get my needle in..  I am using a size 12.  Also is there a way to attach the ends without a toggle clasp and turn it into a bangle

  42. Bellísimos todos tus trabajos, gracias por compartirlos!

  43. It is good to be creative, so make use d gift that d Almighty Lord has given u.'

  44. Jill, eres mi faborita, te admiro mucho y siempre busco tus ultimos proyectos

  45. hi Jill i love all your projects can you please tell me were i can find beading boards like yours

  46. Really neat bracelet! Thank you for sharing this with us. I am definitely going to make this. Thanks for all you do!

  47. I did this with junk beads. I used misshapen size six for the center, one eleven, one light pink bugle,2 eleven and one metallic pink bugle and one more eleven. I find that cheap bugles tend to cut whatever thread you may use, hence the elevens in between.I made it long enough to make it a continuous rope. It looks very pretty and it used up so many terribly made beads. LOL Thank your mother for her lovely pattern please. I love it!

  48. A suggestion: when you have a clasp that the seed beads can pass through, use an odd number of beads. That way, the middle bead will sit in the hole and help prevent the edge of the hole in the clasp from rubbing on the thread and possibly damaging the thread (I do this all the time).

  49. Thank you – this is wonderful! I am a big fan of your work!

  50. THANK YOU so much for using bugle beads! I never know what to do with those things. 🙂

  51. My dearest Jill. I am very new to beading. Actually 2 months. I am very crafty as a hair stylist , fashion designer dress maker interior designer all by trade. Beading however has become an obsession. You have kept me up until 4 am, made me late for appointments, had me ignore my husband and so on. I have to say you are amazing and I love you. Your twosies and threesies make me giggle and are very welcome at this hour. So here is a request, not like I have the right to request anything from you this early in the game but wherever I go I buy vintage beads. (Old necklaces etc) I have the finished visual in my mind but I have now idea how to make my visual into reality. But you do! It is frustrating to me because with everything else it comes to life except with beads. Help please!

  52. Scrolling down here it does not look like Jill replies to anyone . Do we just answer each others questions? Confused !

  53. Just a thought on adding the round section of the clasp. If you want to tie knots and then go directly back up without going around I would say to go down five+ beads then knot follow by going down 4 beads then knot then 2 beads and knot to Finnish knots won't block holes

  54. Maginifico, esplêndido, belíssimo.

  55. Very pretty. I'm one of those that have bugle beads, but didn't know what to do with them. Thanks for the idea.

  56. your jewelry projects are wonderful and easy for me. 🙂

  57. I loved it.. But when I've gone to your page the free diagram was not there🤔

  58. It's so cool but u didn't show us how to continue with next shell to make a bracelet. thanks

  59. Lindísimo este proyecto y todo lo q hace, manos bendecidas le dió el SEÑOR! BENDICIONES y adelante.

  60. buenas tarde no hablo ingles pero e aprendido con el paso a paso gracias te admiro mucho todo lo que haces es espectacular marina desde Caracas VENEZUELA

  61. Hi Jill
    Such a wonderful design, but it is driving me crazy. In the video, it sounds like for every spine bead, there is a loop with a bugle , 5 11s and and a seed bead, but the second loop has a spine bead. Is that right?

  62. what type of thread and needle size needle

  63. I love this bracelet! It builds up fairly quickly and is a great project to sit on a tray as you're watching movies over 2-3 week nights : ) I've done a few necklaces in various color combos for different outfits now, but I like a wider bracelet so I've made my bracelets in same color combos to match but in very different designs by doing wide sections of herringbone weave using the seed beads, and then equal sections of herringbone with the bugles. Or you could do it all in bugles if you do put a seed bead between every one ( I always add a seed bead between each bugle as I work it up so that the bugles can't cut my thread!! In fact, I call bugles 'thread-cutters'…!!! ) I hope this idea appeals to others who are looking for other ways to use up their bugle beads : ) Happy beading!!

  64. This is how I did a section to hang a shell I had beaded. Was beading on an airplane and doing it by memory, wrong. But I didn't know it was wrong and I loved it also!

  65. Can’t wait to get my beads and craw tool.


  67. Very nice pattern, and shown in a very clear way. Thanks!

  68. GORGEOUS! Once again, THANK YOU for sharing with us! Hugs 2U!

  69. I found you looking for a method for increasing peyote. I find you instructions clear and easy to follow.

  70. No entiendo. Será. Xq no habló. Este. Idioma 😝

  71. super cool hope I can do this justice love the style the pattern is unusual so I like it even more

  72. Thank you! 😊🌸

  73. How would that work as a necklace

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