My little boxes are self-supporting, peyote-stitched vessels, woven with cylinder beads. I developed this technique by applying to beadwork the same principles that are used to increase in crochet.
These boxes may be as small as 1″ (2.5 cm) wide—or as large as your patience (and tension) will allow.
The process of making a box has many steps. As you complete each step, write down what you have done in case you need to refer back later in the project.
Before you begin a new step, read through that section carefully. There are several instances in which the instructions differ for different types of boxes. There may also be important or helpful notes to help you work.
Study the diagrams carefully, and make sure that your beadwork structure conforms to the diagram before you proceed to the next row.
There are patterns and instructions for twelve boxes, three of each of the four shapes: triangle, hexagon, pentagon, and square. There are also instructions for two oblong variations. The patterns and instruction sections have been arranged from the easiest box to build (triangle) to the more complex (square), but you may begin with any of the four box shapes. Whichever you choose, you will begin making each box at the center of the base.