Cuff Bracelet with Seed Beads, Cultured Freshwater Pearls and Moonstone Gemstone Cabochons


This bead-embroidered cuff was inspired by Sherry Serafini--a master beaded-jewelry and accessories designer. To view her work, enter Sherry Serafini in the search box found at www.firemountaingems.com/videos.

Designed for a special wedding day, many types of beads are used to create a ceremonial palette of white and silver. Change up the type of beads, colors and patterns to suit your style or theme of your next special occasion.
STEP 1
Lay Larger Components on Foundation to get a Feel for the Designs Momentum Using a marker or pen, sketch the dimensions of the cuff onto the Lacy's Stiff Stuff™ beading foundation, allowing for at least an extra 1/4 inch along each edge. Using scissors, cut out the pattern.

Place your larger components, cabochons and ball chain connectors, onto the foundation to get a feel for the momentum of the design. Trace around the components once they are in position then remove them and set them aside in order (or take a picture for future reference).

Tip: You can create a symmetrical design or one that is free flowing--there is no wrong way to go!
STEP 2
Mix a batch of two-part epoxy. Glue the components onto the foundation and allow the adhesive to cure.
STEP 3
Using a thread burner, cut a comfortable length of FireLine then thread on a beading needle.

Tip: This design was made using size 12 and size 10 beading needles. The needle was changed, as needed depending on the size bead and bead hole.

Stitch a Row Of Seed Beads Aroung Component Using size 15 seed beads and the beaded backstitch, stitch a row of beads around the component closest to one edge--for this design it is a large oval cabochon.

Backstitch a Second Row of Seed Beads Around Component Backstitch a second row of size 15 seed beads around the first row.

Add a Pearl to Design Using Stop Stitch Changing the type or color bead you are stitching with, start a third row of beaded backstitch. At any point in the row that suits your design, add a pearl and seed bead using the stop stitch.

Use Picot Stitch to Create an Area of Beads to Fill in Using a picot stitch (also called moss stitch), begin an area of beads that fills in and stretches the beadwork to the edge of the pattern on the beading foundation. Make this section as wide as your design calls for.

Fill in Remaining Gaps with Bugle Beads Switch to adding bugle beads by passing your thread up from below, stringing on a bugle bead then passing your needle back down through the foundation right at the end of the bugle bead. Pass through the bugle bead twice to ensure it stays secure--with their sometimes sharp edges it is better to have two passes of thread, just in case.

Add more bugle beads so they flow along the second beaded row. As the bugle beads reach the edge of the pattern, fill in any remaining gaps in the beadwork around the first cabochon using the picot or moss stitch.

Fill In Remaining Space Using Picot Stitch Fill in any remaining space around the cabochon using the picot stitch.

Tip: When your thread is getting short, work toward a good place to stop. Carefully stitch under a thread or two on the back side of the beading medium. Form a half hitch knot. Repeat to secure. Add a drop of glue for added security. Allow the glue to cure then trim the thread. Or, if you happen to end your thread near a tail of thread, tie the threads together using a surgeon's knot.

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STEP 4
Soften the Distance Between Pearls Using Seed Beads When using a backstitch to stitch pearls along the edge of a large component, it is nice to soften the distance between each pearl, using a row of seed beads. Bring the needle up to the front surface between two pearls. Pick up enough seed beads to span the distance then pass the needle through the surface to the back side, forming a ''bridge'' of beads. Repeat to fill in between each pearl, or in a nice pattern over size 8 seed beads.
Use Bridge Techniques to Cover Ball-Chain Connecter with Seed Beads Use the same bridge technique to create rows of beads to cover the center area of the ball-chain connector.
Embellish Flower Component When embellishing the silver flower components, use the same ''bridge'' stitch between each petal. Use a stop stitch to accent the center and use backstitch to accent the edges.
Finished Filling Beading Foundation Using the backstitch, stop stitch, modified backstitch and picot stitch, fill in the beading foundation, creating designs around the components so they flow from one to the next along your design.
STEP 5
Trim Foundation Around Bead Work Finish off all threads then trim using a thread burner. Cut the beading medium close to the beadwork without clipping any threads.
STEP 6
Glue the Beaded Foudation to the Top of the Cuff Prepare a batch of two-part epoxy and apply to the back side of the beading foundation. Apply a thin layer to the cuff then bring the cuff and beading foundation together. Set the cuff aside until the adhesive is cured.
STEP 7
Glue a Piece of Suede to the Underside of the Cuff Using scissors, trim a piece of suede to fit the beading foundation. Apply a layer of two-part epoxy to the material and the underside of the cuff. Join the suede and the cuff together then allow the adhesive to cure.
STEP 8
Start a new thread, and tie an overhand knot at the end. Pass the needle through the beadwork near the edge and close to the suede. Pass the needle through the edge of the suede and then the edge of the beadwork. Pick up a pearl then a size 15 seed bead. Pass the needle down through the pearl then through the suede, joining both layers. Keep tension snug. Bring the needle back up through the same bead. The bead will stand up on the edge of the cuff. Pick up another pearl and size 15 seed bead then continue around the entire cuff in this manner, using the brick stitch, sandwiching the bead in between the suede and the beadwork. (The cuff in the design shown does not have pearls along the shorter ends of the cuff--size 11 beads were used instead.) When you've stitched on the last bead, meeting the first bead, pass the needle down through the first bead. Weave the needle through the beadwork and knot off in several places. Clip the thread.

Tip: Due to the stringing holes in pearls, it is usually easiest to thread them on using a size 12 needle. Due to the thickness of the material, sometimes it is necessary to switch to a size 10 needle after the pearl has been strung onto the thread. Sometimes it is also necessary to use pliers to pull the needle through both layers of materials. If you find this is the case, be careful pulling as the needles are sharp and the needles are prone to breaking when put under too much stress.
STEP 9
Hanging Drops from Ball-Chain Connector Thread an oval silver bead onto a headpin. Begin a wrapped loop. Open the formed loop and pass it through a loop on the ball chain connector. Finish the wrap and trim any excess wire. Repeat to add a second oval bead drop to the same loop on the connector.

Open an 8mm jumpring and pass it through the Swarovski heart pendant; close the jumpring. Use a 5mm jumpring to connect the 8mm jumpring to the other loop of the ball chain connector.

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