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Serpentine soutache bracelet

Frame a Luna Soft cabochon with bands of soutache punctuated by pockets of SuperDuo beads

This colorful bracelet is made by creating ribbons of soutache braid that meander through clusters of SuperDuos and flow around a cabochon. Keep it casual by pairing with a basic tee, or dress it up with your favorite spring or summer dresses.

In the instructions below, we outline how to make the cabochon component. For full instructions, download the free project PDF.

Materials

Green bracelet 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 1 22 mm square cabochon (Luna Soft, olive)
  • 80 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (full amber)
  • 10 4 mm fire-polished beads (magic apple; www.redpandabeads.com)
  • 12 3 mm fire-polished beads, optional (magic apple; www.redpandabeads.com)
  • 1 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 9577, dyed cream silver-lined alabaster)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 9577, dyed cream silver-lined alabaster)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads, optional (Miyuki 3564, peach-lined transparent chartreuse AB; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 2 3 mm daisy spacers (gold)
  • toggle clasp
  • 1/8-in. (3 mm) domestic soutache braid
    • 27 in. (69 cm) color A (rose)
    • 43 in. (1.1 m) color B (celery/ivy stripe)
    • 27 in. (69 cm) color C (celery)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12¥ 1 1/4-in. (3.2 cm) square of beading foundation, such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • 3-in. (7.6 cm) square of leather or Ultrasuede backing
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Paper
  • pencil or marker
  • small craft scissors
Blue bracelet colors:
  • 22 mm square cabochon (Luna Soft, spearmint)
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (moon dust turquoise)
  • 4 mm fire-polished beads (turquoise Picasso)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Czech, green iris)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 264, inside-color rainbow crystal teal)
  • 3 mm daisy spacers (silver)
  • 1/8-in. (3 mm) domestic soutache braid: color A (teal), color B (beige), color C (silver)
  • Nymo nylon beading thread (cream), in place of Wireline
Purple bracelet colors:
  • 22 mm square cabochon (Luna Soft, lilac)
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (Vega onchalk; www.redpandabeads.com)
  • 4 mm Czech glass pearls, in place of fire-polished beads (rose)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals, in place of 2 of the 4 mm fire-polished beads (Swarovski, crystal AB)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 274, amethyst-lined crystal AB)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 395C, raspberry clear-lined rose; www.whimbeads.com)
  • 3 mm daisy spacers (silver
  • 1/8-in. (3 mm) domestic soutache braid: color A (navy), color B (beige), color C (mauve)
  • Nymo nylon beading thread (rose), in place of Fireline
Instructions

Serpentine soutache bracelet Photo A
Photo A
Serpentine soutache bracelet Photo B
Photo B

Cabochon component

[1] Cut a 1 1/4-in. (3.2 cm) square of beading foundation, and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.

[2] Apply a thin coat of E6000 on the back of the 22 mm square cabochon, and place it in the center of the foundation. Allow the glue to dry, and then trim the foundation, leaving a 2-3 mm border on all four sides (Photo A).

[3] Tie a double knot at one end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Trim the tail close to the knot.

[4] Cut a 5 1/2-in. (14 cm) piece of soutache braid in each of the three colors, and create a stack by laying one braid on top of the other, with color C on top, color A in the middle, and color B on the bottom. Make sure the center Vs of all three braids are pointing in the same direction.

[5] Locate the center of the stack, and sew through the center Vs of all three braids from bottom to top. Sew down through the stack about 1/4 in. (6 mm) away.

[6] Lay the stack along the edge of the cabochon, with the B braid closest to the cabochon and the knot aligned with an unmarked corner of the foundation. Sew down through the foundation next to the cabochon, and then sew back up through the foundation and the stack about 1/4 in. (6 mm) away. Repeat these two stitches until you are within 1/4 in. (6 mm) of the next corner (Photo B).

Serpentine soutache bracelet Photo C
Photo C
Serpentine soutache bracelet Photo D
Photo D

[7] Pick up a 4 mm bead, curve the stack around the bead in the opposite direction, and sew through the stack where it meets the hole of the bead (Photo C). Make two or three small stitches through the stack, bring the stack around the other side of the bead, and end the stack (Photo D).

[8] Bring the thread across the back of the cabochon, and sew through the foundation and the stack near the knot. Work as in step 6 to secure the stack to this side of the cabochon. Then repeat step 7 to add a 4 mm bead. End the thread.

 

Serpentine soutache bracelet Photo E
Photo E

[9] Repeat steps 4-8 along the other two sides of the cabochon (Photo E).

To view full instructions for this project, download the free PDF

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