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 Bracelets with Seed Beads 

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Snake Skin Made from Twin™

Preciosa Ornela presents the Twin two-hole seed bead. Twin, a new seed bead product from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand, offers much more creativity and options during creative work with Czech seed beads. Try using it and create a highly effective multi-rowed bracelet strung on elastic material. The following is a manual for the production of a simple, but highly effective bracelet. The layered arrangement of the new Twin seed bead creates the "snake skin" effect. The number of rows of these seed beads strung on a flexible stringing material is entirely up to you, but the effect arises after the production of the first three rows.

The standard length of the basic stringing should be 18.5cm. You will also achieve the same effect when using an inflexible stringing material. However, the bracelet must then be completed with an individual closing solution. We hope you enjoy your beadwork with Twin.
: : : Materials : : :
  • Seed bead, Czech glass, crystal with brown lining, Twin
  • Seed bead, Czech glass, #8 rocaille
  • Flexible stringing material (Opelon, Elastomer, LYCRA)
  • Thin, line

  • Optional:
    End of Materials List

    The Procedure:

    Step 1
    Since the elastic cord won’t easily fit through the eye of the needle, thread about 4 inches of thin thread through the eye of the needle and tie closed to create a loop. The elastic cord can then be passed through this loop to allow for easier stringing.

    In the first row of the bracelet, string the Twin seed beads and the rocailles alternately so that the length of the stringing corresponds to the required final length of the bracelet. If you begin the stringing with a Twin, the last seed bead will be a rocaille. Straighten the stringing, check that the required bracelet length has been achieved and cut the stringing material so that the ends are sufficiently long for tying it off with a strong (at least triple) knot.
    Step 2
    Only string Twin seed beads in the next rows. Start the stringing at the site of the knot from the first row. Pass the needle with the flexible stringing line through the nearest free hole of a Twin seed bead from the basic ring and add another Twin. Continue in this way along the entire circumference of the basic ring. Straighten the stringing again, tighten the stringing material and cut it so that both ends are long enough to be firmly tied off with a triple knot and then cut off both ends. Continue in the same way in the further rows of the bracelet. The number of rows is entirely up to you.
    Step 3
    If you decide that it is time to finish the bracelet, follow the same steps as above, but with rocailles being added instead of a new row of Twin beads. When you have added rocailles all the way around the bracelet, tie securely and trim the excess thread. An alternative outer row created by alternating Twin seed beads and smaller sized Farfalle seed beads (2x4mm) is also very interesting.

    Have a question regarding this project? Email Customer Service.

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    children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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