Bracelet with Cultured Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Czech Fire-Polished Beads
Lush Embellished Bracelet
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Sherry SerafiniTo learn more about Sherry Serafini, read her jewelry artist success story here
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This bracelet is fun to make! You can run wild with embellishment, since there is no set pattern to follow. It can be made as full and colorful as your heart desires with just a few simple stitches.
Creating a Square-Stitch Base
To work the square stitch, string on six size 8/0 seed beads. This is the first row and should be on the left.
Each time a row is finished, pass the needle through the entire previous row once more, and then up through the just-finished row to add strength.
Adding the Clasp
Thread a needle with approximately 18 inches of doubled thread and weave into the last two rows of one end of the beaded square stitch.
Pick up a size 8/0 seed bead, five size 15/0 seed beads and pass your needle through an end hole on one half of the clasp. Pick up five more size 15/0 seed beads. Pass the needle back down through the size 8/0 seed bead.
Repeat this step for the other side of the clasp.
There are several embellishment stitches that will be used randomly to create this bracelet.
Pick up a size 6mm satin blue bead and a size 15/0 dark gold bead. Skip the dark gold size 15/0 and pass the needle back through the 6mm bead and into the edge bead on the square stitch.
Pass the needle through the size 8/0 in the square stitch base directly beside the one exited. Pick up five size 15/0 blue beads, pearl, five more size 15/0 beads and pass through the bead directly one beside the one just exited creating a loop.
Pick up three size 11/0 aqua seed beads, a Swarovski cube crystal and a size 15/0 dark gold seed bead. Skip over the size 15/0 bead and pass the needle down through the Swarovski cube and through the three size 11/0 beads. Pass the needle into the size 8/0 directly beside the one exited creating a stack.
Tip: When your threads become short, weave them into the square stitch and tie off and knot in between beads. Begin a new thread the same way the first one was started.
Adding a stop bead: Stop beads are used to help hold the beadwork in place while you weave or create your deign, but are not meant to be part of the overall finished design. I recommend choosing a bead that is very different from the beads in the finished piece to help differentiate the stop bead from the beads in the design.
String a bead onto the thread. Bring the bead down to the end of the thread (or leave a tail length as indicated in the directions for the project you're working on). Pass the needle through the stop bead again, it will be set in place, temporarily with a loop around it. Begin your project.
Remove the stop bead by gently pulling it toward the end of the thread, once the design is complete or the directions for the project indicate.
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