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Simply charming right-angle weave bracelet

Right-angle weave cubes give this bracelet dimension. 

“What if” questions abound when making this bracelet. What if I used these colors? What if I used this pattern? Start with the basic shape, and then let your imagination run.

SUPPLIES 

one cube

  • 3 mm bicone crystals
    • 26 color A
    • 24 color B
  • head pin
  • Illusion cord, .010, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

bracelet 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)

  • clasp
  • 7 in. (18 cm) chain
  • 2 mm inside-diameter jump rings (one for each cube dangle)
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Cube Construction

Simply charming Figure 1
Figure 1
Simply charming photo a
Photo A

 

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Illusion cord or Fireline, pick up four color A 3 mm bicone crystals, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Picking up three 3 mms per stitch, work a total of seven right-angle weave stitches, switching to color B 3 mms where indicated in the pattern in FIGURE 1. 

Editor’s note:

If you’re using Illusion cord, you may need to flatten the end of it with chainnose pliers to get it through the eye of the needle.

2. Work a second row following the pattern.

3. Fold the strip in half, and turn it so the thread is exiting an end A (PHOTO A).

Simply Charming figure 2
Figure 2

 

Simply charming figure 3
Figure 3

 

Simply charming photo b
Photo B

 

Simply charming figure 4
Figure 4

 

4. To join the ends together, pick up a B, and sew through the opposite end B (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a B, and sew through the opposite A, the next three Bs, and the other end A (b–c). Pick up a B, and sew through the remaining end B. Sew through the four crystals again to reinforce (c–d).

5. Sew through the crystals so that the needle is exiting between two edge As pointing up (FIGURE 3, a–b). 

6. Form a square with the ring of crystals (PHOTO B). 

7. Pick up two As, and sew through the two lower-left corner As and the first A picked up in this step (FIGURE 4, a–b).

8. Continuing to refer to FIGURE 4, pick up a B, sew through the B and the A in the lower-right corner, and continue through the first A from step 6, exiting the middle of the square (b–c).

 

9. Pick up a B, and sew through the two Bs in the upper-right corner, the B added in step 7, and the B just added (c–d).

 

10. Sew through the A and the B in the upper-left corner and the next A and B (d–e).

 

11. Weave through one side of the cube, exiting the open end on the other side, as in step 5.

 

12. Repeat steps 6–10. Secure the working thread and tail with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

 

13. Repeat steps 1–12 to make more cubes as desired.

Editor’s note:

Use 4 mm crystals to make a pendant to complete the ensemble.

Bracelet

1. On a head pin, string an A or a B, a finished cube (string it diagonally, from point to point), and an A or a B. Make a wrapped loop

2. Repeat step 1 with the remaining cubes.

3. Cut a 7-in. (18 cm) piece of chain. Open a jump ring, and attach one end of the chain and half of the clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat at the other end.

4. Open a jump ring, and attach a finished cube to the bracelet. Close the jump ring. Repeat for each cube, spacing cubes evenly along the length of the bracelet.

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