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Lampworked bead bracelet

Loom a bracelet with large lampworked beads

I designed this bracelet for the first set of lampworked beads I made. You can use any lampworked beads that strike your fancy to create this quirky modified loomwork bracelet. Sew buttons to the ends of each row to add a new design element that eliminates edge warp threads.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 33 12–14 mm lampworked beads*
  • 22 1⁄4–5⁄16-in. (6–8 mm) two-hole buttons
  • 2-strand clasp
  • Fireline 8–10 lb. test
  • elastic cord,.019–.75 mm diameter
  • beading needles, #10
  • beading loom
  • glue (optional)

* For this bracelet, Diane made her own beads, which are not for sale. For similar beads, contact artists through Pratt Fine Arts Center at pratt.org, or check with your local bead shop for other options. 

 
INSTRUCTIONS
Lampworked bead bracelet a
Photo A
Lampworked bead bracelet b
Photo b
Lampworked bead bracelet c
Photo c

Setup

1. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of elastic cord. String one loop of the clasp, and tie a surgeon’s knot, leaving a 1–1 1⁄2-in. (2.5–3.8 cm) tail. Tie a second surgeon’s knot to secure the elastic, and trim the tail. Dot with glue, if desired.

2. Measure the desired length of the bracelet. String a loop of the other half of the clasp on the other end of the elastic, and tie a surgeon’s knot. Tie a second surgeon’s knot to secure the elastic, and trim the tail. Dot with glue, if desired.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with a second piece of elastic and the remaining loops of the clasp.

4. Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of Fireline, and tie one end around half of the clasp. Set up the loom using the elastic cord as the warp threads, and tie the Fireline around the other half of the clasp to secure the frame of the bracelet (PHOTO A).

Modified loomwork

1. Thread a needle at the center of 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline. Tie two overhand knots next to each other, leaving a 2-in. (5 cm) tail.  

2. Sew through one button hole from back to front, then sew through the other hole. Pass the needle between the Fireline strands just below the first knot (PHOTO B), and snug the knot to the button. 

3. Pick up three 12–14 mm beads and a button. Place the stack of beads on top of the warp cords, positioning them so the middle bead has a warp cord on each side. Sew back through the other hole of the button, the three beads, and the remaining button with your needle and Fireline below the warp cords (PHOTO C). Sew back through the button, and snug up the beads. Tie a square knot with the working thread and tail. Sew back through all the beads and buttons, and tie two square knots to secure the thread. Sew through the beads again, and trim. Thread a needle on the tail, sew through the beads, and trim.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 for the length of the bracelet.

5. Cut the Fireline added in step 4 of “Setup,” and remove the bracelet from the loom.

Tip!
Try this technique with different types and sizes of beads. Use enough beads to span the desired length of your bracelet. If you’re using smaller beads, use seed beads in place of the buttons for a more delicate look.
Lampworked bead bracelet
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