Cuff Bracelet with Paua Shell Cabochon and Seed Beads
-- Designer --
Sherry SerafiniTo learn more about Sherry Serafini, read her jewelry artist success story here
: : : Materials : : :
- Cabochon, paua shell, 25x18mm oval
- Thread, Nymo, nylon, size B, black
- Lacy's Stiff Stuff
- Leather scrap, black, 9-1/4x3-1/2 inch
- Beading needles, #10, 1-1/4 inches in length
- Beading needles, #12
- Adhesive, E-6000 jewelry and craft
- Czech glass beads
- Metal beads
- Seed and bugle beads
1-inch brass cuff base
Black permanent fine-point marker
Dowel rod or toothpick for gluing
- Cuff bracelet bases
Lose yourself in the exquisite detail of this beautiful beaded cuff. A combination of stitching and adhesives bring it all together on a brass base. Sherry Serafini shows you how.
|Roll a thin layer of glue to the back of the cabochon and glue to the center of the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Allow the cabochon to dry.|
|Bring the needle up from underneath the Lacy's Stiff Stuff, right next to the cabochon. String on two size 15 seed beads, allowing the beads to rest against the side of the cabochon.|
||Pass your needle down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff so the beads are sitting securely against the cabochon. Pass the needle back up through the Lacy's at the starting point and pass the needle through the same two beads exiting the second one.|
||Pick up two more size 15 seed beads. Slide the beads snug up against the previous two. Pass the needle down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and bring the needle back up, coming up between the second and third bead in the row.|
|Pass the needle through the third and fourth beads. Continue around in this manner until you have encircled the entire cabochon.|
|Embroider beads on the rest of the Lacy's, using backstitch or stop stitch (see below), using the bugle beads, pearls and seed beads.
Backstitching: Pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff, string on a bead or two, depending on size, and pass back down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff pulling the beads snug against the material. Pick up two more beads, at the most, and continue in this manner. When backstitching with larger beads like pearls, larger size 6mm beads, or odd shaped beads, stitch on one bead at a time and pass through twice. Using the black marker, draw a design to help guide where to place the beads, or make a random design for a surprise ending.
Stop Stitch: String on a larger bead and one smaller bead (this could be a size 11) which will act as your stopper. Pass down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff, skipping over the size 11 bead, pass back through the larger bead to the underside of the Lacy's Still Stuff. The smaller bead will be sitting on top of the larger bead.
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