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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 17, 2004 - Issue 111


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Sluggo the Snail


What You Need:

How To Make It

  • (38) 9x6 mm barrel pony beads body color
  • (45) 9x6 mm barrel pony beads shell color
  • (2) 9x6 mm barrel pony beads eyes color
  • (1) 1" (25 mm) lanyard hook
  • (1) 1"(25mm) swivel eye lanyard hook
  • 72" of 1/16" nylon craft cord
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • fast drying glue

Step 1: For easier stringing, apply glue and twist each cord end to a point. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Fold cord in half and make a lark's head knot attaching cord to eye of lanyard hook. Make sure ends are even.

Step 3 (tail): String one pony bead (body color) onto one cord end. Thread other end of cord through the same bead from the opposite direction. Pull cord ends to hold bead against lark's head knot.

Repeat to make another row, one bead wide.

Repeat twice with two beads to make two more rows, 2 beads wide. Repeat twice with three beads to make two rows, 3 beads wide.

Step 4 (shell): On one cord end, string four beads (first shell row). Thread other end of cord through the same four beads from the opposite direction. Pull cord ends tightly. Repeat with three body color beads and pull cords tightly, one at a time, so that the four beads from the previous row form an arc over the body.

Follow the pattern to complete the snail, alternating shell and body colors as shown. Be sure to pull cords tightly after each row.

Step 5 (head): The last four rows are flat, and the last two beads strung on are the eyes (eye color.)

Step 6 (finishing): Make sure all beads are nested together, then tie one overhand knot in each of the cords after the last bead. Tie a second overhand knot 1" from the first. Apply glue to knots. Trim cord when dry.

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