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Beading technique of the week – CRAW – Week 2

Hi beaders. My favourite beading technique for this week is cubic right angle weave, often shortened to CRAW. Variations of the stitch involve adding facets to the beadwork as in modified right angle weave (MRAW) and prismatic right angle weave (PRAW) but let’s focus on CRAW for now.

This lovely donut pendant was made using CRAW and I’ve posted a link to the YouTube tutorial below. Different looks are achieved using different size beads or combinations of pearls, fire polished, bicone crystals and seed beads. An 11/0 seed bead CRAW piece looks very different to a 4mm fire polished bead piece, therefore choosing the right bead and size for your project will depend on whether you are aiming for a dainty or chunky piece.

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CRAW donut pendant

This dainty bracelet was made with Miyuki 11/0 seed beads and embellished with Preciosa seed beads, which are slightly smaller, and looks very different from the pendant and the chunky choker, yet all use the same technique:

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Orb bracelet

CRAW is engineering for beaders and is a good foundation for all kinds of projects. As well as being a very flexible weave it also produces results that are substantial but surprisingly light, such as this lovely choker made with 4mm pearls and fire polished beads:

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CRAW choker

 

Beaders can find this technique difficult to master, but find a tutorial that speaks to you in a way that clicks and you will gain a great addition to your beading skills toolkit. Most importantly, be patient, keep trying and remember that making mistakes is how we learn. Be happy in your beading bubble!

 

Acknowledgments:

Donut pendant tutorial from JRPDesigns – tutorial here: https://youtu.be/nAnyOf6FxQM?t=1m6s

Orb bracelet tutorial from Bronzepony Beaded Jewellery – tutorial here: https://youtu.be/MoNmuNjKZ2s?t=30s

General CRAW tutorial from Jill Wiseman Designs – tutorial here: https://youtu.be/YBPGxnzdROg

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