Bracelet with Czech Glass Pellet Beads and Soutache Cord

A practical Pressed Bead, Preciosa Pellet™, whose shape enables it to supplement many varied types of beads and seed beads, has been presented in Preciosa Ornela's new collection for the upcoming season in the second half of 2013. The so-called interlocking effect is enabled by the central slimming of the glass cylinder in the 4x6mm size which means that the individual beads interlock precisely during a simple stringing. These beads are especially an excellent partner for both sizes of the Preciosa Farfalle™ seed beads or for the new Preciosa Thorn™ bead. Preciosa Pellet is also ideal for use in techniques such as braiding. Braid was once abundantly used to decorate uniforms or folk costumes. At present, the popularity of braid or soutaches in the production of original pieces of jewellery and decorations is on the increase. The Preciosa Pellet bead excellently supplements the best selling braid size at a width of 3mm. Try out the braiding technique in connection with this universal bead and produce a simply, basic soutache meander. We wish you much adventurous inspiration when discovering-further combinations and options using the beads and seed beads from the Preciosa Traditional Czech Beads brand.

Measure the required length of the soutaches. Choose one color as the main soutache and cut it at a length of 1m. The remaining 1-2 soutaches will be about 25cm shorter. Pay attention to the direction of the fibers which are intertwined in the central section and create a herringbone effect. Place the individual soutaches together so that the direction of the fibers is always the same.
Place the soutaches together so that the longest of them is longer by 12.5cm on each side. Sew the soutaches together in the central section so that the knot is hidden in the first meander. Place the individual stitches carefully in the central section and do not overly tighten them so that you do not deform the soutache fibers. The stitch will be longer from the external part of the meander and shorter from the internal part.

Sew 1 x P into each meander. Then sew the resulting soutaches together. Sew through the next part of the soutache meander together and add another P and then sew all of the soutaches together again. The outer color of the soutaches alternates in the individual meanders. A standard 17.5cm bracelet requires 34 x P.

After reaching the necessary length of the bracelet, thread the excess soutache through the loop on the clasp and tighten well. Create a bow from the remaining part of the soutache, and hide the ends of all the soutaches in it and then carefully sew it up. Use the same procedure on the other side of the bracelet where you should shorten the soutaches as needed and melt the ends.

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