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Starry fruit

Starry fruit

Brooch made from the PRECIOSA Cornelian Star and PRECIOSA Twin

Make an effective brooch with grapes created using a new type of rocaille with a combination of glass types. Try the new Czech seed bead, PRECIOSA Cornelian Star.

A cornelian is a rocaille with a round hole, an intermediate layer of white chalk with a rounded edge and an overlay of transparent glass in purple, black, blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange and red. The PRECIOSA Cornelian Star is a new type of cornelian which has an intermediate layer in the shape of a six-pointed star. The points of the white core shine through the transparent color overlay and their shadows create the impression of fine stripes. The PRECIOSA Cornelian Star can be manufactured in a size range from 8/0 to 34/0. The interesting shadowing effect on the surface especially stands out in the larger sizes.

Designer: Aleksandra Lysenko

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Materials and tools:

PRECIOSA Rocailles 

311 19 001; 10/0; 50220 olivine (R10)

hvezdan uroda rokajl50220 10 

20080 purple (R10) 

hvezdan uroda rokajl20080 10

311 19 001; 8/0 50220 olivine (R8)

hvezdan uroda rokajl50220 8

20080 purple (R8)

hvezdan uroda rokajl20080 8


117 01 323; 2.5 x 5 mm; 50230 green

hvezdan uroda twin

PRECIOSA Cornelian Star (C)

311 69 001; 6/0; 5/0; 31/0; 32/0; 33/0, 34/0; 23708 purple

hvezdan uroda kornelian 23708

hvezdan uroda pomucky

a brooch fastening; thread; a needle; scissors

The procedure:

Step  1
First sew the grape leaves according to the illustrations. You will need 2 large, 4 medium and 4 small leaves. Start sewing the leaves from the centre. Prepare ca 30 cm of thread and two needles for the smallest leaf. Then string T on both threads and then one T on each thread, one T on both threads, one T on each thread and finally one Twin on both threads and tie the ends of the thread together (fig. no. 1a). Then continue with one thread. Thread the needle according to fig. no. 2b and sew on the remaining Twin. Do the same on the other side with the second thread and then sew in both ends. The other leaves are sewed analogously according to fig. nos. 3 and 4.

small grape leaf
fig. no. 1a, fig. no. 2b

patern blank 3step1 2

medium-sized grape leaf
fig. no. 3

patern blank 4step1 3

large grape leaf
fig. no. 4

patern blank 5step1 4

Step 2
String the finished leaves onto a thread: small, medium, large, medium, small, 1x R8 and tie a knot. Sew the leaves together behind the threads which visible from the sides (fig. nos. 5 and 6).

fig. no. 5

hvezdan uroda 5

fig. no. 6

hvezdan uroda 6

Step 3
Sew a band of R10 rocailles at the width of the brooch fastening and "zip it on" (fig. nos. 7 and 8).

fig. no. 7

hvezdan uroda 7

fig. no. 8

hvezdan uroda 8

Step 4
Create the grapes. String 25x olive R8, 3x R10, 1x C8 and 1x purple R10 onto the thread, then skip the R10 and return through the 5 rocailles (3 small and two big). Repeat the procedure, proceed upwards from the smallest to the largest cornelian beads (fig. no. 9). Thread the line through the stems 2 or 3 more times and keep adding stems until you are satisfied (fig. nos. 10 and 11).

fig no. 9

hvezdan uroda 9 

fig. no. 10

hvezdan uroda 10

fig. no. 11

hvezdan uroda 11

Step 5
Now, sew all the parts to the brooch fastening (fig. no. 12). The brooch fastening should be on the bottom and the leaves should cover the fastening and the upper part of the grapes. You can also attach a decorative spiral. 
Sew two rows of R10 using the peyote stitch and tighten the thread. You can also make stems of red currants using red cornelian beads.

fig. no. 12

hvezdan uroda 12hvezdan uroda 13hvezdan uroda 15hvezdan uroda 14

hvezdan uroda 16