At a beading play date earlier this year, my friend mentioned that there is a serious lack of jewelry that represents Judaism – especially at holiday time. I pretty much promised myself that I would make some designs to make up for that.
This is the first one, a Star of David pattern done in brick stitch.
The Star of David is a hexagram or six pointed star – and depending on the colors you use, it can be a strong symbol of Judaism, or just a six pointed star. As a symbol of Judaism, it is most often in shades of blue since that is how it appears on the Israeli flag. Metallic beads like gold or silver also reinforce the religious symbolism of the design.
However, I have seen some examples of hexagrams that outline only the outside shape of the star – and it just looks like a six pointed star, not a symbol of Judaism, so I think this design has some flexibility.
I made two separate star designs. I have been trying out new (to me) bead design software called Beadographer to design these. It has a free option, but the paid version is only $6.99 per year, so I splurged. Previously, I was using BeadTool 4, which I still like, but I just wanted to try something else.
The first design is a brick stitch diamond shape with a two tone blue star. The two tone part was a little trickier to bead than I thought it would be, so that led me to try a second version. I also wasn’t thrilled with the diamond shape, but I like it more now than when I originally made it.
I used 6 lb FireLine in Crystal and the bead colors are duracoat opaque azure blue (DB2134), opaque capri (DB0659), matte rainbow white (DB0851V), and galvanized silver cut (3594SB).
The second version uses the same colors minus the DB0659.
Or I could’ve just gotten lucky. That happens too.
Here is the bead diagram for the second version. this one includes the five bead hanging loop at the top.
The point cut off the diamond shape at the bottom might seem a little random, but I remember liking the design at that stage when beading the first design.
Another thing I love about this design is the silver cut beads. They are so sparkly! Even though there are only six of the beads in the points of the star, they really add to the design.
A new trick I’ve learned is to use bee’s wax on my FireLine. It seems strange because FireLine doesn’t really need wax, but I’ve found it is useful to ‘stick’ the two sides of the thread coming through the needle together. I’ve noticed less tangles and easier stitching. Goes to show that you never stop learning if you keep trying new things.
I wax the thread after I’ve threaded the needle and am ready to start stitching. I wax starting at the needle and pull the thread through the wax bar to the end.
A few in-process stitching photos because I liked these shapes and designs. This is just after completing the first point of the star.
This is a few rows later. It’s a pretty cool geometric design that could be used in a fringe earring.
I hope you found this project helpful and will consider sharing it with a friend who might enjoy making it OR make some jewelry for someone like my friend who has trouble finding Judaism oriented jewelry.
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