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Crystal peyote bracelet

Marquise navettes act as spacers between bezel-set crystal stones in a variety of shapes. A whimsical toggle completes the bracelet.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 8 1⁄2 in. (21.6 cm)

  • 2 18 x 13 mm octagon emerald-cut crystal stones
  • 14 mm square emerald-cut crystal stone
  • 2 14 mm or 60ss round dentelle crystal stones
  • 6 15 x 7 mm marquise navette crystals
  • 6 10 x 5 mm marquise navette crystals
  • 15 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 3–4 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 2–3 g 13/0 Charlottes
  • 3–6 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 2–3 g 15/0 Charlottes
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #13
  • 6 15 x 7 mm marquise navette sew-on settings
  • 6 10 x 5 mm marquise navette sew-on settings
  • chainnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Bezels

Round dentelles

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, pick up 36 11/0 cylinder beads for a 14 mm or 38 cylinders for a 60ss round dentelle, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Work in tubular peyote stitch to make a bezel for the stone following the same method as a rivoli bezel (How-Tos). Work a total of three rounds of cylinder beads, insert the stone, and work two rounds with 15/0 seed beads on each side of it. Do not end the working thread or tail.

2. On the front of the stone, work one round of tubular peyote stitch with 15/0 Charlottes.

3. If you wish to encase the back of the stone, work in decreasing peyote stitch as needed, using 15/0 seed beads.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 with the other round stone.

Square stone

Adjust your tension to form corners on the bezel around the square stone.

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, pick up 40 cylinders, and repeat step 1 of “Round dentelles.”

2. If you wish to encase the back of the stone, work in decreasing peyote stitch as needed, using 15/0 seed beads.

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Crystal peyote bracelet Photo E
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Photo H
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Photo M

Octagon emerald-cut stone 

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up three cylinders, a 15/0 Charlotte, five cylinders, a 15/0 Charlotte, three cylinders, a 15/0 Charlotte, nine cylinders, and a 15/0 Charlotte. Repeat the pattern just picked up. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot (PHOTO A), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through all the beads to exit the last 15/0 Charlotte strung.

2. Work one round of tubular peyote stitch with cylinders, and step up (FIGURE 1, a–b).

3. The 15/0 Charlottes picked up in the initial ring indicate where the decreases that will form the corners need to go. To form the first corner, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the next two cylinders (b–c). Work two normal stitches with 15/0 seed beads, then work two decrease stitches (c–d). Repeat to complete the round, working as many 15/0 seed bead stitches as needed to reach each corner, and step up through the first 15/0 seed bead added (d–e). 

4. Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the next 15/0 seed bead, skipping the pair of cylinders in the corner (e–f). Work a stitch with a 15/0 seed bead (f–g), work two cylinder stitches (g–h), work three stitches with a 15/0 seed bead in each stitch (h–i), and work a cylinder stitch (i–j). Repeat to complete the round (j–k).

5. Insert the octagon stone, and repeat steps 3 and 4 on the front. 

6. If you wish to encase the back of the stone, work in decreasing peyote stitch as needed, using 15/0 seed beads.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 with the remaining octagon stone.

Clasp

Toggle bar

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 14 cylinders.

2. Work 12 rows of flat even-count peyote stitch to make a panel that is 14 cylinders wide with 6 cylinders on each straight edge. Remove the stop bead, zip up the beadwork to form a tube, and tie a square knot with the working thread and tail to secure the thread. Sew through the beadwork to exit an edge cylinder (PHOTO B).

3. Pick up three 15/0 Charlottes, and sew through the next cylinder to form a picot. Pick up three 15/0 Charlottes, and sew through the next cylinder along the edge to form a picot pointing in the opposite direction (PHOTO C). Repeat twice to form a total of six picots.

4. Pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal and three 15/0 Charlottes. Sew back through the 4 mm, forming a picot with the 15/0 Charlottes, and sew down through the next edge cylinder (PHOTO D). Sew up through the following edge cylinder, and repeat twice to add a total of three 4 mms with 15/0 Charlotte picots. 

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit an edge cylinder on the same end. Pick up a 4 mm and three 15/0 Charlottes. Sew back through the 4 mm, forming a picot with the 15/0 Charlottes, and sew through a cylinder on the opposite side of the tube to position the new 4 mm in the center of the tube (PHOTO E). 

6. Sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder on the opposite edge of the tube, and repeat steps 3–5. Sew into the beadwork, and tie a few half-hitch knots to secure the thread. Do not end the thread.

Loop

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, center 50 cylinders, and tie the beads into a ring with a square knot.  

2. Work one round of tubular peyote stitch with cylinders, and step up (FIGURE 2, a–b).

3. Work two rounds with 15/0 seed beads (b–c), and work a round with 15/0 Charlottes (c–d).

4. Thread a needle on the tail, and repeat step 3 on the other side of the initial ring.

5. Work one round with 15/0 Charlottes, and zip up the two edges of 15/0 Charlottes (PHOTO F). Tie a few half-hitch knots to secure the thread. Do not end the thread.

Assembly

Setting the marquise navettes

1. Using chainnose pliers, place a navette right side up between a setting’s prongs (PHOTO G).

2. With chainnose pliers, lightly squeeze each prong around the navette until it is secure (PHOTO H). To prevent the navette from becoming crooked in its setting, do not squeeze too tightly.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining navettes.

Connecting the bracelet

Use the threads remaining on the bezels to work the following steps. End and add thread as needed, but try to use the threads already on the bezels before adding new thread. 

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder in the middle round of the square stone offset from the center. 

2. Pick up a 13/0 Charlotte, sew through two corresponding holes of a 10 x 5 mm marquise navette setting, and pick up a 13/0 Charlotte. Sew through a cylinder in the middle round of the bezel surrounding a dentelle stone. Sew back through the 13/0 Charlotte, the 10 x 5 mm, 13/0 Charlotte, and the cylinder your thread exited at the start of this step (PHOTO I). Snug up the components, and retrace the thread path a couple of times to reinforce the connection. Sew through the beadwork to exit the next cylinder in the middle round, and repeat to connect the remaining holes of the 10 x 5 mm.

3. To embellish the edge of the bezeled  stone just added, sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder next to the 10 x 5 mm. Pick up a 13/0 Charlotte, and sew through the next cylinder in the middle round (FIGURE J). Continue peyote stitch around the outer edge of the bezel until you reach the cylinder just before the center on the opposite side of the bezel. 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to connect the remaining bezeled stones with 10 x 5 mm marquise navette settings, placing the octagon emerald-cut stones at the ends of the bracelet. Sew through the beadwork at the unconnected end of an octagon emerald-cut stone bezel, and embellish the remaining edges of the bezels as in step 3, sewing through the connections when you come to them and omitting the embellishment from the unconnected end of the other octagon emerald-cut stone bezel.

5. To connect the toggle, sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder in the middle round at the end of an octagon, offset from the center. Pick up an alternating pattern of a 13/0 Charlotte and a 15 x 7 mm marquise navette setting three times. Pick up a 13/0 Charlotte, a 10 x 5 mm, and a 13/0 Charlotte. Pick up an alternating pattern of a 4 mm and a 13/0 Charlotte three times. Sew through the sixth cylinder from the edge of the toggle, back through the beads and settings just added, and the cylinder your thread exited at the start of this step. Snug up the components, and retrace the thread path a couple of times to reinforce the connection. Sew through the beadwork of the toggle to exit the sixth cylinder from the opposite edge. Pick up three 13/0 Charlottes, a 4 mm, a 13/0 Charlotte, a 4 mm, and three 13/0 Charlottes. Sew through the marquise navette setting, adding a 13/0 Charlotte between each setting. Sew through the cylinder on the bezel, and retrace the thread path a couple of times to reinforce the connection (PHOTOS K AND L). 

6. To connect the loop, repeat step 5 on the opposite end, but pick up three 13/0 Charlottes, a 4 mm, and two 13/0 Charlottes in an offset pattern for each connection between the marquise navette settings and the loop. Embellish the edge of the loop as in step 3 (PHOTOS M AND N). End all remaining threads.

DESIGNER'S NOTE

When adding the marquise navettes between the stones and the clasp halves, add or remove beads or marquise navettes to adjust the length of your bracelet.

Crystal peyote bracelet Photo N
Photo N
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