The very popular barrel pony beads are available in a huge range of single colours and mixes but pretty stars, flowers, butterflies and hearts are also available. Use with cotton cord or stretch elastic to make quick and easy jewellery. These pony bead projects from The Beadery in USA, the manufacturer of these beads, will give you some ideas for making jewellery and decorations
The beads come in lots of different colours and mixes. They also come with different finishes such as opaque, pearl and sparkly.
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Pony Beads Bracelet
This project is very versatile and you can vary it in many ways to create your own individual jewellery bracelets. The project shows you how to make a stretchy bracelet with barrel beads and another type of pony bead plus 6mm facetted beads.
You can vary the mix of beads, for example using the barrel beads with pony bead flowers instead of the skull beads shown here.
This mix of colours on this bracelet creates a pretty rainbow effect. You can also experiment with other colour combinations for the different types of beads to create a different look. Try mixing some sparkle pony beads in to catch the eye.
You can also add extra rows to your bracelet. Adding more rows and using just the barrel beads also allows you to your own designs, such as a flower, within the bracelet. The barrel beads will fit snugly together that it is also easy to make geometric patterns.
Pony Bead Key Chain
This project uses the barrel pony beads but you can also try adding in other shapes such as the hearts.
Pony Bead Zipper Pull
This is a handy pull for jacket or rucksack which you can make with different pony bead shapes
Pony Bead Flower Banner
This pretty daisy could be used to make a decoration or, for example, little mats.
Pony Bead Iris Window Decoration
Here, the pony barrel beads are used to create a pretty iris design to make a decoration.