Bead Society of Cape Cod

New Location as of April, 2016! The Bead Society of Cape Cod meets the third Thursday of every month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Come for the social hour at 6:15pm, formal meetings begin at 7pm sharp. $6 per meeting for non-members, $40 purchases a year's membership. For more information, please contact us at or write us at P.O.Box 104, South Dennis MA, 02660.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bezeling a Rivoli with an Open Back

We had a great meeting in August learning how to attach clasps and some of us turned our UFO's into finished pieces. Thank you Linda, Jan, Alyce and Peg for sharing your knowledge with us.


Our September program will teach us how to Peyote Stitch around a rectangular rivoli with an open back, a technique called "bezeling". Cabochons and Rivolis have no holes so they need to be encased with a bezel so that the cab/rivoli can be attached to another object.


You should know how to do the Peyote Stitch beforehand so here is some recommended reading:

Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski by Laura McCabe. A great explanation of beading with rivolis.

Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin. Great explanations and lots of inspiration and eye candy.

The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells. This is a classic that will teach you how to Peyote.

All three can be found by going to


Materials list:

24x16 Swarovski rectangular rivoli.

6 lb. Fireline in smoke or crystal.

size 11 delica.

size 15 seed beads.

size 12 needles.


Thread Heaven or beeswax.

Please don't forget:

Beading mat in color contrasting with your beads

Magnifying glasses if needed

Lamp and extension cord if needed

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Finishing School

Judy Langone and her helpers did a wonderful job teaching the Crystal Delight Bracelet at the July meeting. Thank you, Judy for sharing the bracelet with our members.

Our August project is almost everything you've ever wanted to know about finishing necklaces and bracelets. This is your opportunity to finish your UFO's by learning how to:

Add a thread into your finished piece and make your own toggle. (We will provide I pins for the toggle.)

Crimp flexible wire (Softflex, Beadalon) using spring rings, lobster claws, metal toggles.

Use wire guards. (We will provide the wire guards.)

Create button and loop closures.

Bring your unfinished pieces to the next meeting and learn how to attach a purchased clasp or make your own loop and toggle closures.

Materials List:



6 pound Fireline

Size 12 Needles

Jump Rings

Your project and a few extra beads from the project

Basic Tool Kit:

Flat or Bent Nose Pliers

Round Nose Pliers

Wire Cutters


Crimpers (optional)

Please don't forget:

Beading mat - light or dark - in a color contrasting with your beads.

Magnifying glasses if needed.

Lamp and extension cord if needed.