Bracelet with Seed Beads, Czech Glass Beads and Antique Brass-Finished "Pewter" Beads

Peyote Stitch

Cut a 3-foot length of Nymo® nylon thread then thread a beading needle almost doubling the thread (to make it easier to work with) but leaving a tail so you are working with only one thread.

Note: Thread is woven in one direction. By placing the needle on the end first off the spool, the thread passes through beads and fabric easier.
Thread on two of each of the following seed beads:
  • #8 opaque iris dark bronze bead
  • #11 transparent clear bead
  • #11 silver-lined translucent gold bead
  • #11 gold-lined opal seed bead
  • #8 opaque iris dark bronze bead
  • #8 transparent root beer matte bead
  • #6 transparent frosted rainbow root beer bead
  • #8 opaque iris dark bronze bead
Bring the seed beads toward the end of the thread, leaving a 6-inch tail.
Pass the needle back through all 16 seed beads again, then through the first bead strung one more time. Pull the thread so the seed beads tighten up forming a circle. (This is the base row.)
String on one #8 opaque iris dark bronze bead then pass the needle through the third bead in the row (skipping the next bead from where your needle exited in Step 3). String on one #11 clear bead, skip a bead in the base row and pass your needle through the fifth bead in the base row. String on one #11 silver-lined translucent gold bead, skip a bead in the base row and pass your needle through the next bead in the row. Continue skipping a bead then passing the needle through the next available bead in the same order as listed above working until you have added eight beads.

Tip: If this is your first time doing a peyote stitch, please note that the beginning rows can be challenging. The pattern will become clear in the later rows.
Pass the needle up through the first bead added in Step 3. This is called a step-up which positions your needle and thread so you can begin the next row.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4, adding a seed bead in the same color as the next bead in the previous row, until you've created a 2-inch tubular peyote design.
Pass the needle through adjacent seed beads in each of the last two rows and pull tight. Repeat once more to secure the beads in place.

Pass the needle through several adjacent seed beads in the tube to secure the beads in place. If desired tie a knot to secure then trim excess thread.

Bracelet Assembly

Cut a 7-inch length of beading wire.
String onto the length of beading wire: one crimp and one Accu-Guard™ wire protector. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the Accu-Guard leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Crimp, then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire.
String onto the beading wire one 6mm round bead and one rondelle. Repeat to string a total of six sets then string on one 8mm round bead.
Continue to string one 6mm round bead then one #8 transparent root beer matte bead. Repeat this pattern for approximately 2-1/4 inches (matching the length of the peyote stitch).

String the peyote stitch design over this section of the bracelet.
String on one 8mm round bead, keeping the peyote stitch design in place, then string on one rondelle and one 6mm round bead. Continue this stringing sequence for a total of six sets.

Repeat Step 8 to secure the strand.
Pass one 4mm jumpring through the loop on the lobster claw clasp and the Accu-Guard on one end of the beading wire then close.

Attach one 6mm jumpring to the opposite end of the bracelet.

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