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Bicone bangle

Weave hundreds of crystals to create this sparkly bracelet

Bicone bangle
Tip!

It’s costly to purchase the 800 Swarovski crystals required for this project. As an alternative, you can use Thunder Polish crystals, as in the pink/ruby bracelet. However, Swarovski crystals are slightly smaller, fit together more snugly, and have a smoother finished look. Also, Thunder Polish crystals are very sharp and can shred your thread after multiple passes. To compensate for this, condition your thread and use shorter lengths.

Perfect your beadwork skills with this blingy, bincone-studded bangle. Thread together Swarovski or Thunder Polish crystals using right-angle weave. This bracelet does require an internal core support. We suggest using a core with a 2 ½-3 inch (6.4-7.6 cm) inside diameter, or any other diameter that’s large enough to fit over the widest part of your hand.

 

Materials

 Both bangles

  • 2 ½-3-in. (6.4-7.6 cm) inside diameter metal bangle or macramé ring or materials to make your own core
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

Blue bangle, 3-in. (7.6 cm) inside diameter

  • 400 3 mm bicone crystals in each of 2 colors: A (Swarovski, Indian sapphire), B (Swarovski, light Azore)
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 21, silver-lined crystal)

Pink/ruby bangle, 2 ½-in. (6.4 cm) inside diameter

  • 352 3 mm bicone crystals in each of 2 colors: A (Thunder Polish, mid-Siam AB), B (Thunder Polish, rose jade)
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1436, raspberry transparent silver lined)

 

Instructions 

Bicone bangle Figure 1
Figure 1

1. The beadwork for the bangle is worked in four rounds of modified right-angle weave. To work the first stitch of round 1: On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of an 11/0 seed bead and two color A 3 mm bicone crystals four times, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first 11/0 and two As to form a ring (Figure 1, a-b). Retrace the thread path of the ring, skipping the 11/0s, and snug up the beads to form a diamond shape. Exit the end 11/0 opposite the tail (b-c).

 

2. To work the next stitch of round 1: Pick up a repeating pattern of two As and an 11/0 three times, and then pick up two As. Sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (c-d). Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s, and exit the end 11/0 (d-e).

Bicone bangle Figure 2
Figure 2

3. Work as in step 2 until you have a strip that is one stitch short of fitting around the outer edge of your bangle core.

 

4. To join the ends of the strip: Pick up two As, an 11/0, and two As, and sew through the first 11/0 picked up in step 1 (Figure 2, a-b). Pick up two As, an 11/0, and two As, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (b-c). Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s (c-d), and end the working thread and tail.

Bicone bangle Figure 3
Figure 3

5. To work the first stitch of round 2: Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread to a stitch in round 1, and exit a side 11/0. Pick up a repeating pattern of two color B 3 mm bicone crystals and an 11/0 three times, and then pick up two Bs. Sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (Figure 3, a-b). Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s, and exit an end 11/0 (b-c).

 

6. To work the next stitch of round 2: Pick up a repeating pattern of two Bs and an 11/0 twice, and then pick up two Bs. Sew through the side 11/0 in the next stitch of round 1 (c-d). Pick up two Bs, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s, and exit the end 11/0 (d-e). 

 

7. To work the next stitch of round 2: Pick up two Bs, and sew through the side 11/0 in the next stitch of round 1 (e-f). Pick up a repeating pattern of two Bs and an 11/0 twice, and then pick up two Bs. Sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s, and exit the end 11/0 (f-g).

 

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to complete the round, and join the ends as before. End the thread.

 

9. To work round 3: Repeat steps 5-8 on the other side of round 1.

Bicone bangle Figure 4
Figure 4

10. To work the first stitch of round 4: Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread to a stitch in round 3, and exit a side 11/0. Wrap the beadwork around your bangle core with round 1 on the inside of the ring, and rounds 2 and 3 forming the sides. Pick up two As, an 11/0, and two As, and sew through the side 11/0 in a corresponding stitch of round 2 (Figure 4, a-b). Pick up two As, an 11/0, and two As, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (b-c). Retrace the thread path of the stitch, skipping the 11/0s, and exit an end 11/0 (c-d).

 

11. To work the next stitch of round 4: Pick up two As, and sew through the side 11/0 in the next stitch of round 2. Pick up two As, an 11/0, and two As, and sew through the 11/0 in the next stitch of round 3. Pick up two As, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, skipping the 11/0s, and exit the end 11/0 (d-e)

 

12. Continue working as in steps 10 and 11 to complete the round, and join the ends. End the thread.

 

To download these project instructions, click here.

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