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Cross-needle weave pave bracelet

Fire-polished beads deliver color and sparkle in this Art Deco-inspired bracelet.

The jewelry makers’ technique of clustering small gemstones across the surface of a ring or pendant was intended to make the piece look like a street paved in glittering cobblestones. For this bracelet, I used seed beads in the center of clusters of fire-polished beads to capture the look of pavé jewelry.
SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 in. (18 cm) 

  • 221 4 mm Czech fire-polished beads, color A
  • 3 mm Czech fire-polished beads
    • 128 color A
    • 144 color B
    • 96 color C
  • 64 size 15/0 Japanese seed beads or size 11/0 cylinder beads
  • size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 32 color A
    • 92 color D
  • 4-strand clasp
  • 8 6 x 4 mm oval jump rings
  • Power Pro 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers

Designer’s note: Sometimes when I finish a bracelet, I don’t have the perfect clasp. So I use oval jump rings to connect the clasp that I have. This way, I’m able to switch to a better clasp in the future.

INSTRUCTIONS

Pave figure 1
FIGURE 1
Pave figure 2
FIGURE 2

BASE

1. Cut 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Power Pro, and thread a needle on each end. Pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead and center it on the thread.

2. With each needle, pick up four 15/0s or 11/0 cylinder beads. With one needle, pick up an A 11/0, and cross both needles through it to form a loop (FIGURE 1,a–b and c–d).

3. Retrace the thread path through the loop and tie a concealed square knot as indicated by the double-triangle symbol (FIGURE 2, a–b and g–h).

4. With each needle, pick up an A 11/0 and a 4 mm fire-polished bead (b–c and h–i).

5. With one needle, pick up a 4 mm, and cross the other needle through it. With each needle, pick up a 4 mm (c–d and i–j).

6. Repeat step 5 until you have a total of 25 pairs of side-by-side 4 mms (d–e and j–k).

7. With each needle, pick up an A 11/0. With one needle, pick up an A 11/0, and cross the other needle through it (e–f and k–l).

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a loop on the other end of the row.

Pave figure 3
FIGURE 3

8. Sew through the beadwork (FIGURE 3, a–b and d–e), and, with the needle exiting the 4 mm in the direction of the loop, pick up two A 11/0s, four 15/0s or cylinders, and an A 11/0 (b–c).

With the other needle, pick up two 4 mms and an A 11/0, cross the needle through the second A 11/0, pick up four 15/0s or cylinders, and sew through the end A 11/0 (e–f).

Tie a concealed square knot in the end A 11/0. Sew back through the 15/0s or cylinders, and tie a concealed square knot in the A 11/0 at the base of the loop.

Pave figure 4
FIGURE 4
9. Sew through the next three beads with each needle (FIGURE 4, a–b and d–e). With the right-hand needle, pick up two 4 mms (b–c). With the left needle, sew through the edge 4 mm from the previous row, and continue through the second 4 mm just picked up with the other needle (e–f). Continue for the length of the row.

10. Repeat step 7 to make a loop at the end of the row.

11. Repeat steps 8–10 to make a total of four rows. When the fourth row is complete, do not trim the tails. To add thread, tie a concealed square knot in an edge bead from the previous row when the tails are 6 in. (15 cm) long. Trim the tails. Cut 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Power Pro, thread a needle on each end, and center it in the next-to-last crossing bead. Sew through the beadwork to position the thread to continue the row.
Pave figure 5
FIGURE 5
Pave figure 6
FIGURE 6
Pave figure 7
FIGURE 7

EMBELLISHMENT

1. With each needle, sew through the beadwork to exit the first horizontal 4 mm of the row (FIGURE 5, a–b and FIGURE 6, a–b).

2. With the left needle, pick up a color B 3 mm fire-polished bead, a color D 11/0, and a B 3 mm (FIGURE 5, b–c). Sew through the next horizontal 4 mm (c–d).

3. With the right-hand needle, pick up a B 3 mm, sew through the D 11/0, and pick up a B 3 mm (FIGURE 6, b–c). Sew through the next horizontal 4 mm (c–d).

4. Following the pattern (FIGURE 7), repeat step 2 along the length of the row to establish the embellishment. To complete the embellishment, repeat step 3 along the length of the row.

5. Sew through the base beadwork to position your needles to begin the next row. Adding thread as needed, repeat steps 2–4 for the remaining rows. Secure the thread with concealed square knots, and trim.

 

CLASP

Open an oval jump ring and attach it to a beaded loop and half of the clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat for the remaining loops. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.

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