Coral fringe - branch fringe
Summary: A coral fringe can be a beautiful decoration to add to beadwork. It doesn’t have a fixed pattern, so you can add it anywhere in your jewelry design. In this tutorial, we will add the coral fringe to a basic peyote stitch.
Step 1: Start by making the stem of first coral fringe.
1st, pass a wire through the side of a section of beadwork where you would like the fringe to begin;
2nd, insert beads on wire to desired length. Here, we used 14 beads;
3rd, skip over the last bead strung and pass back through three beads;
4th, strain the wire.
Step 2: Make the first branch of the coral fringe.
1st, slide five beads onto the wire;
2nd, skip over the last bead and pass back through the four beads strung;
3rd, pull the wire tightly;
4th, pass the wire back through at least one bead in the stem of coral fringe.
Step 3: Make other branches on the first coral fringe.
1st, slide as many beads as you would like;
2nd, skip over the last bead and pass the wire back through the three beads strung;
3rd, continue to pass the wire back through two beads in the stem of coral fringe;
4th, pull the wire tightly;
5th, slide six beads onto the wire;
6th, skip over the last bead and pass the wire back through the five beads strung;
7th, strain the wire;
8th, pass the wire back through two beads in the stem of coral fringe;
9th, repeat the same steps as used for previous side branches to make more branch and pass the wire back through the stem of coral fringe;
10th, pass the wire up through the bead adjacent to where the fringe branch is added.
Step 4: Make other coral fringes.
1st, pass the wire down through the next bead over;
2nd, pull the wire tightly;
3rd, repeat previous steps 1 through 3 to make more branches;
4th, weave the wire back through the beadwork to its edge.
Step 5: Knot and cut off the wire at the end of the last fringe. You should get the coral fringe as seen below.
If you like this technique, try it out and create your own amazing coral fringe!