Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cube Bracelet pattern facelift

Was playing with the gorgeous Toho hybrid 4mm cube beads this summer and discovered that because the Toho cube holes are so much bigger than the Miyuki cube bead holes, they just swallow up the size 11 seed beads in my Cube Bracelet pattern

So... I used size 8 seed beads and 6mm instead of 4mm fire-polished beads and the result was a heavier, more substantial band so I added the variation to my pattern. 


http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/CubeBracelet.html


Details and beads used here: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/CubeBracelet.html

Betsy at RedPandaBeads.com has the Toho hybrid cubes listed if you want to look at all the pretty colors: http://www.redpandabeads.com/category_s/2688.htm. I love them!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Free pattern: Easy Crystal Bracelet


Easy Crystal Bracelet

Easy Crystal Bracelet
(copyright 2006 Deborah Roberti)

Materials:
  • 3 yards waxed Nymo or C-Lon thread, size D, or 6lb FireLine, whichever is your preference
  • About 100 size 11/0 seed beads or Delica beads
  • About 78 size 4mm Color1 beads (can be any bead type—bicone, round, fire-polished, etc.)
  • About 78 size 4mm Color2 beads (can be any bead type—bicone, round, fire-polished, etc.)
  • clasp
Beads used in photo above:

Top (green and black):
• About 100 size 11/0 Delica beads: Opaque Black DB-10. Can be purchased at RedPandaBeads.com.
• About 78 size 4mm Color1 beads: Swarovski bicones - Khaki. Can be purchased online at FireMountainGems.com
• About 78 size 4mm Color2 beads: Swarovski bicones - Jet Can be purchased from AnyBeads.com or Jet Czech bicones from RedPandaBeads.com.

Bottom (turquoise and green opal):
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: Duracoat Champagne Miyuki Rocailles 11RR4204. Can be purchased at RedPandaBeads.com.
• About 78 size 4mm Color1 beads: Swarovski bicones - Pacific Opal. Can be purchased online at AnyBeads.com.
• About 78 size 4mm Color2 beads: Czech rounds - Opaque Turquoise-Picasso. Can be purchased at RedPandaBeads.com.


Step 1: Thread your needle with 3 yards of Nymo, C-Lon or FireLine.

String a seed bead, a Color1 bead, a seed bead, a Color1 bead, a seed bead, a Color2 bead, a seed bead and a Color2 bead.

Leaving a 10-inch tail for attaching the clasp, tie the beads in a circle with a double knot:



Step 2: Go back through the Color2 bead, the seed bead, the Color2 bead and the seed bead:



Step 3: String a Color2 bead, a seed bead, a Color2 bead, a seed bead, a Color1 bead, a seed bead and a Color1 bead. Go around and up through the seed bead you exited at the beginning of this step (highlighted in RED):



Step 4: Continue back on through the Color2 bead, the seed bead, the Color2 bead and the seed bead that you added in the last step:



Step 5: String a Color2 bead, a seed bead, a Color2 bead, a seed bead, a Color1 bead, a seed bead and a Color1 bead. Go around and down through the seed bead that you exited at the beginning of this step (highlighted in RED):



Step 6: Continue back on through the Color2 bead, the seed bead, the Color2 bead and the seed bead that you added in the last step:



Step 7: Repeat Steps 3 to 6 until your bracelet is about a half-inch short of the length you want it (not including the clasp).



Step 8: Go back through the Color1 bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:



Step 9: String a Color1 bead, a seed bead and a Color2 bead. Go through the next seed bead on the row below (highlighted in RED):



Step 10: String a Color2 bead, a seed bead and a Color1 bead. Go though the next seed bead on the row below (highlighted in RED):



Step 11: Repeat steps 9 and 10 until you get to the end of the bracelet:



Step 12: Go around through the Color1 bead, the seed bead, the Color2 bead and the seed bead (highlighted in RED):



Step 13: String a Color2 bead, a seed bead and a Color1 bead. Go through the seed bead on the row above (highlighted in RED):



Step 14: String a Color1 bead, a seed bead and a Color2 bead. Go though the next seed bead on the row above (highlighted in RED):



Step 15: Repeat steps 13 and 14 until you come to the end of the bracelet:



Step 16: Go through Color2 bead and exit out of the seed bead:



Step 17: To attach the clasp, string two seed beads, go through your clasp and back through the last seed bead that you just strung. String another seed bead and go back through the seed bead that you exited at the end of the last step, forming a circle.



Go through these seed beads and the clasp several times to reinforce it. Weave back into the bracelet, knot in several places and cut your thread.

Thread your needle with the tail thread from step 1. Repeat step 17 to attach the other end of the clasp. If your bracelet seems a bit too short, just add more seed beads at both ends when attaching the clasp.