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Floral peyote bracelet

A rim of cube beads makes flat, circular peyote blossom

Mimic the look of real flowers by pairing matching bugles and cube beads with contrasting centers. 

Early twentieth-century cubists, like Picasso and Cézanne, broke down objects to their simplest forms and often showed multiple angles at once. The cube beads of this bracelet’s petals distill the flower design to a basic shape and make the bracelet a blooming beauty, no matter which angle you view it from. Choose an open or solid peyote center as a base, then work the petals. Finish your bracelet with a custom toggle or an integrated clasp.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4cm)


both projects 

  • 4g 7mm bugle beads
  • 7g 4mm cube beads
  • 2g size 8/0 seed beads
  • 6g size 11/0 seed beads
  • 1g size 15/0 seed beads
  • Nymo D, conditioned with beeswax or Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12

solid-center bracelet 

  • 6 4mm fire-polished beads
  • 3-strand box clasp


INSTRUCTIONS
 

Floral peyote bracelet Figure 1
FIGURE 1
CENTER

Open center

1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of conditioned Nymo, leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, pick up an 11/0 seed bead and an 8/0. Repeat until you have 14 beads. Join the beads into a loose ring by going through the first four beads, exiting an 8/0 (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a 15/0, an 8/0, and a 15/0, skip the 11/0, and sew through the next 8/0 in the ring (b–c). Working in modified flat, circular peyote stitch, repeat around the ring. Step up through the first 15/0 and 8/0 added in this round (c–d).

3. Using the 10-in. (25cm) tail, retrace the thread path around the center ring a few times to reinforce the thread path. Secure the threads using half-hitch knots between beads, and trim.


Floral peyote bracelet Figure 2
FIGURE 2
Floral peyote bracelet Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Floral peyote bracelet Figure 4
FIGURE 4

Solid center 

1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of conditioned Nymo pick up a 4mm fire-polished bead and five 15/0 seed beads, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Sew back through the 4mm (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up five 15/0s, sew through the 4mm (b–c), and continue around through the first five 15/0s added (c–d).

2. Pick up two 15/0s, and continue through the last five 15/0s added (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up two more 15/0s, and sew around through the next three 15/0s (b–c).

3. Pick up an 11/0, and work one round in flat, circular peyote stitch, adding one 11/0 to each stitch and stepping up at the end of the round (FIGURE 4, a–b).

4. Pick up an 8/0, and work one round of flat, circular peyote, stepping up at the end of the round (b–c).

5. Pick up a 15/0, an 8/0, and a 15/0, and work one round of flat, circular peyote using all three beads on each stitch. Step up and exit the first 8/0 added in this round (c–d).

6. Secure the tails using half-hitch knots between beads, and trim.

 

 

 

 

 


Floral peyote bracelet Figure 5
FIGURE 5
Floral peyote bracelet Figure 6
FIGURE 6
PETALS

The petals work up identically whether you’ve chosen an open or solid center.

1. Secure 2 yd. (1.8m) of conditioned Nymo in the beadwork, exiting an 8/0 on the outer rim (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up a bugle bead, an 11/0, a cube bead, an 11/0, and a bugle. Sew back through the 8/0 and the first bugle added (a–b).

2. Pick up an 11/0, a cube, an 11/0, a bugle, and an 11/0. Sew through the next 8/0 in the base (b–c). Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the bugle from the previous step and the beads just added, exiting the end bugle (c–d).

3. To create the petal’s shape, skip the base 8/0 as you sew through both 11/0s (d–e), and tighten. Retrace the thread path to exit at the base of the new bugle, and sew through the next base 8/0 (e–f).

4. Pick up a bugle, an 11/0, a cube, and an 11/0, and sew back through the bugle from the previous step, the base 8/0, and the newest bugle (f–g).

5. Repeat steps 2–4 until you have 13 cubes along the rim and are exiting a bugle.

6. To complete the flower, pick up an 11/0, a cube, and an 11/0. Sew down through the first bugle (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the base 8/0 (b–c). Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the last bugle (c–d). Retrace the thread path, skipping the 8/0, as in step 3. Exit the next 8/0 (d–e). Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

 



 

Floral peyote bracelet Figure 7
FIGURE 7
JOINING

1. Make another flower as in steps 1–5, until you are exiting the outer edge of a bugle with 11 cubes around the rim.

2. Instead of picking up new beads for the outer rim, sew through an 11/0, a cube, and an 11/0 from a petal of the previous flower (FIGURE 7, a–b). Pick up a bugle and an 11/0, and sew through the base 8/0 on the incomplete flower (b–c). Pick up an 11/0, retrace the thread path, skipping the 8/0, and exit the newest bugle (c–d).

3. Sew through the next base 8/0. Pick up a bugle and sew through the 11/0, cube, and 11/0 of the next petal on the previous flower (d–e). Sew through the bugle from step 2 and the base 8/0, and exit the newest bugle (e–f).

4. Finish as in step 6 of the petals, referring to figure 6. Retrace the thread path to reinforce it. Secure the tails, and trim.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 to complete six flowers. 


Floral peyote bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Floral peyote bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B
CLASP
Work a clasp right into your petals, as in the pink-and-yellow bracelet. Or, use the open center of an end flower as the loop half of a toggle clasp, as in the teal bracelet.

Integrated clasp

On each end flower, work steps 1–5 of the petals until you have six cubes on the outer rim. In place of the 11/0, cube, and 11/0 of the next segment, substitute an 11/0, the first loop of half of a three-loop box clasp, an 11/0, the center loop, an 11/0, and the last loop (PHOTO A). Continue stitching as before. If your clasp is wider, attach it using more beads over the space of two petals, and omit the center bugle.

Matching toggle clasp

1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Pick up an 11/0, a bugle, four 11/0s, a bugle, and an 11/0. Work a total of eight rows in flat, even-count peyote to make a strip that is eight beads wide and has four beads along each flat edge.

2. When zipping up the strip to form a tube, sew in an extra bugle (for a total of five around) on each side for added stability and a more rounded appearance (PHOTO B). Retrace your thread path a few times. Remove the stop bead, secure the tails, and trim.
Floral peyote bracelet Photo C
PHOTO C
3. Secure 1 ft. (30cm) of thread in the beadwork, and exit between two petals of one of the end flowers. Pick up 15 to 25 11/0s, sew through a few beads in the center section of 11/0s on the bar, sew back through the 11/0s you added (PHOTO C), and pull tight. Retrace the thread path a few times, secure the tail, and trim.
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