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Russian wraparound jewelry

Bugle beads chase spinning seed beads in an easy rope netting technique

Russian spiral takes netting on a roller coaster ride, producing a flexible corkscrew rope perfect for a necklace or bracelet. Use some unexpected elements for the core, like a macramé ring or tubing from the hardware store.

In the instructions below, we’ll show you how to make the bangle. To view instructions on how to make the necklace,download the free project PDF.

Materials

Blue bangle 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) inside diameter

  • 5-7 g 6 mm bugle beads (teal)
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
  • A (dark blue), B (sky blue), C (blue-green)
  • 5 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 332, fancy forest green)
  • 3-in. (7.6 cm) inside-diameter macramé ring
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
  • bias seam binding (optional)
  • sewing thread (to match binding, optional)
  • sewing needle (optional)

Red necklace 18-20 in. (46-51 cm)

  • 10-12 g 6 mm bugle beads (red)
  • 2 3 mm bugle beads (red)
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A (ruby), B (amethyst), C (raspberry)
  • 7 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 298, transparent rainbow burgundy)
  • Clasp
  • 2 7-9 mm diameter cones or bead caps
  • 4 mm black rubber tubing
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #1

Pink bracelet colors:

  • 6 mm bugle beads (Miyuki BGL2-001, silver-lined crystal)
  • 3 mm bugle beads (Miyuki BGL1-001, silver-lined crystal)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 11-596, opaque tea rose luster)
    • color B (Miyuki 11-1, silver-lined crystal)
    • color C (Miyuki 11-155F, matte transparent pale pink)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 15R741, copper-lined alabaster
  • 4 mm transparent vinyl tubing
Russian wraparound bangle Figure 1
Russian wraparound bangle Photo a
Photo A
Russian wraparound bangle Photo b
Photo B
[1] If desired, wrap bias seam binding around the macramé ring to make the ring 4 mm thick all the way around. Overlap the ends of the binding slightly, then trim the excess. Using a sewing needle and thread, sew the ends of the binding together.

[2] On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up two 15/0 seed beads, a 6 mm bugle bead, two 15/0s, a color A 11/0 seed bead, two 15/0s, a color B 11/0 seed bead, two 15/0s, a color C 11/0 seed bead, and two 15/0s, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring around the macramé ring with a square knot. Sew through the first 15/0 again.

[3] Pick up a bugle and two 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 after the bugle in the previous round (figure, a-b). Pick up an A and two 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 after the A in the previous round (b-c). Pick up a B and two 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 after the B in the previous round (c-d). Pick up a C and two 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 after the C in the previous round (d-e).
 
[4] Continue as in step 3 (e-f) to form the spiral rope around the macramé ring, ending and adding thread as needed. Stop when there is 3-4 mm between the ends of the spiral rope, ending with a C stitch.
 
[5] Twist the spiral rope as necessary so the bead pattern on both ends of the rope lines up.

[6] To begin connecting the ends, pick up a bugle, and sew through the 15/0 just before the A in the first round (Photo A). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 just after the bugle added in the last round (Photo B).
Russian wraparound bangle Photo c
Photo C
Russian wraparound bangle Photo d
Photo D

[7] Pick up an A, and sew through the 15/0 just before the B in the first round (Photo C). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 just after the A in the last round (Photo D). Your thread should form a zigzag between the two ends.

[8] Pick up a B, and sew through the 15/0 just before the C in the first round. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 just after the B in the last round.

[9] Pick up a C, and sew through the 15/0 just before the bugle in the first round. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 just after the C in the last round.

[10] Sew through the next bugle and 15/0, and retrace the thread path through the connecting round. End the working thread and tail.

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

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