Single-Strand Bracelet with Porcelain Bead, Amethyst Gemstone Beads and Seed Beads
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Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Tammy Honaman, read her jewelry artist success story here
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Combine tubular peyote with a hand-painted porcelain bead, a few complementary beads and a fun clasp for a very dramatic finished piece.
Work your needle through the spiral and then out, through all the complementary and porcelain beads, and then into the seed beads and the clasp again. Pass back and forth as many times as the beads will allow (the needle will be harder and harder to pass through the beads as they fill up with thread--use chain-nose pliers to help pull the needle through, if necessary). Once the clasp is secure, pass the needle through the beads, then into the size 8/0 beads in the rope, working the thread down into the spiral pattern, and passing toward the other end of the bracelet. If your thread will make it to the end, pass the needle out of the last row of seed beads. Tie a surgeon's knot with the two threads on this end and continue back into the rope.
Make a few half-hitch knots once your thread gets to be about 4 inches long. Trim once you've secured the thread.
You may be able to pass the thread through the complementary beads, but not through the pearls. If this happens, instead of passing through the pearls, pick up a few size 11/0 seed beads and "bridge" over the pearl, into the next bead in line. This will significantly strengthen the section as well as enhance your design.
Weave your thread into the spiral rope, making half-hitch knots as you pass between root beer size 8/0 beads. Trim the thread once it's secure.
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