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Bead Bracelet with Bright Seed Bead Edging

I found this on Pintrest and thought it would be a good article for slider beads as well, for those that like to bead weave.

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  • 35 5mm Tile beads
  • 75 size 11/0 seed beads 
  • 140 size 11/0 rounds
  • 170 size 15/0 round 

You'll also need the following tools and supplies:

  • A size 10 English beading needle (or similar beading needle of your choice)
  • Size D nylon beading thread in cream
  • Beading scissors
  • Thread conditioner or beeswax
  • A 12mm Vintaj dark brass lobster clasp
  • Two 5mm Vintaj brass jump rings
  • A 9mm Vintaj brass figure eight connector
  • Two pairs of chain nose pliers (or one pair of chain nose and one pair of flat nose pliers)
  • Optional supplies of your choice, such as a bead dish, beading mat, or thread burner

Step One:  

Prepare an arm-span length of beading thread, and thread the needle. Fold over six-to-eight inches of thread for single-strand beadweaving. Because we're using nylon thread, it's important to stretch and condition (or wax) your thread before you begin stitching.

Step Two:  

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Pick up 1A (a Tila bead) and slide it down to about ten inches from the end of the thread. (We'll use those ten inches later for an end loop.) Then pick up 1C, 1B, and 1C. Pass down through the second hole in A, and pull the thread taut.

Pick up another set of 1C, 1B, and 1C, and pass up through the first hole in the A bead and the first C that you initially picked up. Hold the Tila between your fingers, and pull the thread taut again.

Add the Second Slider Bead with Ladder Stitch

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Reposition the needle by passing through the next B and C and down through the A again. Pick up 1D, 1A, and 1D. Pass down through the first A again, then through the first D, and up through the second An again. Pull the thread taut.

Add the Seed Bead Edging to the Second Slider Bead.

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Pick up 1C, 1B, 1C, and pass down through the second hole in the second A. Pull the thread taut, and then pick up another set of 1C, 1B, and 1C.

Pass up through the first hole in the second A, then through the previous set of 1C, 1B, and 1C, and finally down through the second hole in the second A. Pull the thread taut again.

Repeat above until the desired length.

Add the End Loops

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Begin the first end loop by picking up 3D, 1B, and 7D. Slide them down against the beadwork, and then pass back through the 1B. Hold the loop in your fingers while you pull the thread to cinch up the tension.

Pick up another 3D, and pass through the last hole in the last A. Pull the thread taut. For extra security, pass through the entire end loop again, following the path of the initial thread.

Weave-in this end of the thread, navigating through the beadwork and following the path of an existing thread. Make two or three along the way. When the thread is securely woven-in, trim it close to the beadwork.

Thread the needle on the long thread tail at the other end of the bracelet band. Stitch the second loop. Weave-in and end that thread.

Attaching the Clasp

 

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Use pliers to attach the lobster clasp and the figure-eight connector to the end loops.

The bracelet is now complete!

 

This seems like a nice way to attach a clasp to a complicated stitched design. In case of clasp failure later for whatever reason, it could be easily be removed and redone.  

We offer a variety of clasps that could be used.  Go here and check them out.

 

BY CHRIS FRANCHETTI MICHAELS



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