Bracelet with Swarovski Crystal Open Square Focal Components and Seed Beads
Peyote Linked Squares
-- Designer --
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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Capture diamond-like sparkle with this peyote-stitched link bracelet. Metallic Delica seed beads plus Swarovski crystal equals big-time glitter.
- Cut a 2-yard length of Nymo®
- Thread on 6 green Delicas; bring them to the end of the thread, leaving a 12-inch tail, which will be used later
- The 6 beads will be considered the first row for the instructions, but really only complete half of your first row as peyote takes two back-and-forth passes to complete one full row.
- Pick up a Delica and pass the needle through the next-to-last bead (5th) strung in the first row
- Pull the thread so the new bead and the 6th bead in the first row are stacked on top of each other
- Pick up another Delica, skip the 4th bead strung in the first row, and pass the thread through the 3rd bead in the first row
- Pull the thread so the new bead and the 4th bead in the first row are stacked
- Pick up another Delica, skip the 2nd bead strung in the first row, and pass the needle through the 1st bead in the first row
- Pull the thread so the new bead and the 2nd bead from the first row are stacked. Notice the zig zag pattern developing, with some beads "popped up" and some not
- Pick up a Delica and pass the needle through the first bead that is "popped" up
- Pull the thread so the new bead sits in place, stacked on the end bead in the previous row
- Pick up a Delica and pass the needle through the next popped-up bead
- Repeat one more time, adding a bead between each popped-up bead
- Weave your needle by zig zagging through beads, until it exits the third bead from the end (either side)
- Pick up three Delicas
- Pass the needle down the next bead in the strip (4th) and back up the 5th
- Pick up three Delicas, pass the needle down the next bead then up the 7th, that completes 2 picots
- Repeat to complete 6 picots
- Weave your needle so it exits the 4th bead over from your last picot (18th in the row), leaving three beads without any picot in the center of the strip
- Repeat Step 4 to complete 6 more picot
- Weave your thread to exit the 2nd bead on the other edge of the Strip
- Repeat Steps 5 and 4, backwards to mirror the picot edging on the other edge of the strip
If you find any places the needle is having a hard time passing through, either work in a different direction or carefully pull the needle with pliers.
- Pass the needle down the tube, passing through the bugle beads
- Pick up a 4mm crystal and one size 15 seed bead
- Pass the needle back through the crystal, without passing through the size 15 seed bead again
- The needle will exit the other end of the tube; pull the thread so the crystal sits in the tube
- Repeat Step 17 so each end of the tube is accented with a crystal
- Continue to pass the needle back and forth through the crystals and seed beads to secure, working until it gets too tight
- Carefully weave the needle into the beadwork in the tube
- Weave in a zig zag pattern to end the thread; trim any excess
- Weave the other end of the thread into the beadwork as well; trim any excess
- Pick up the bracelet
- Using the needle on the end of the ladder-stitch beadwork, weave the thread through two center beads, of one row in the toggle, choosing and area that isn't already filled with thread
- Pass the needle back through the last two beads added in the ladder, back through the two beads in the toggle and back down the ladder, weaving back and forth, then back into the peyote strip on the diamond
- The beads will begin to get filled with thread at this point--be very careful pulling your needle through as the beads will break if forced. You can use a pair of chain-nose pliers if needed
- Weave the thread ends into the bead work; trim any excess.
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