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Twisted bead strands bracelet

Seed beads encircle acrylic tubing filled with silver beads

With acrylic tubing as its core, this bracelet is wrapped with seed and cylinder beads worked together in modified peyote and brick stitch. 

Twistedbeadstrandsbraceletcharm

Personalize your bracelet with a paper-scroll message tucked inside an acrylic-tubing charm.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 in. (18cm)

  • 3 4mm bicone crystals or fire-polished beads
  • 1g each of size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
    • silver, color A
    • color B
    • color C
  • 1g Japanese cylinder beads
  • 2 5mm spacers
  • clasp
  • 2 1⁄4-in. (6mm) cones
  • 2-in. (5cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • Nymo A or B conditioned with beeswax or Thread Heaven
  • flexible beading wire, .018
  • beading needles, #13
  • 10 in. (25cm) clear acrylic tubing, 1⁄8-in. (3mm) inside diameter, 5⁄32-in. (4mm) outside diameter (American Science & Surplus Store, sciplus.com)
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet base

1. Measure your wrist to determine the length of your bracelet, subtract the length of the clasp and the two cones, and cut one piece of acrylic tubing to that length.

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletA
PHOTO A

2. Cut a piece of beading wire 6 in. (15cm) longer than the tubing, and insert it into the tube.

3.
String enough color A 11/0 seed beads on the wire to fill the tubing (PHOTO A).

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletB
PHOTO B

4. On one end of the wire, string a cone, a 4mm bicone crystal or fire-polished bead, a cylinder bead, a crimp bead, a cylinder, and half of the clasp. Go back through the beads and cone, tighten the wire, crimp the crimp bead, and trim the excess wire (PHOTO B).

5. Repeat step 4 on the other end of the wire.

Embellishment

Note: In order to display the stitches clearly, the tubing in PHOTOS C-I does not contain seed beads.

Segment 1 (PHOTO C)

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletC
PHOTO C

1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Nymo, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up 12 cylinders, and tie them into a ring around the tubing with a square knot. Sew through the beads again and exit the first cylinder.

2. Pick up three cylinders, skip the next three cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat twice. Sew through the first three cylinders added in this step. Snug the beads against the tubing as you add each round.

3. Pick up a cylinder and sew through the next three cylinders. Repeat twice. Sew through the first cylinder.

4. Working in modified peyote, repeat steps 2 and 3 three times, alternating a round of three cylinders per stitch with a round of one cylinder per stitch. Sew through the first cylinder added in the last round.

Segment 2 (PHOTO D)

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletD
PHOTO D
TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletFig1
FIGURE 1

1. Pick up an A 11/0, a color B 11/0, an A, three color C 11/0s, an A, a B, and an A (FIGURE 1, a–b).

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletFig2
FIGURE 2

2. Sew through the next cylinder on the previous round and back through the last three 11/0s (b–c).

3. Pick up three Cs, an A, a B, and an A (c–d). Repeat step 2 (d–e).

4. Pick up three Cs (e–f). Sew through the first stack of 11/0s and the cylinder beneath them, and then sew back through the first three 11/0s.

5. Repeat steps 1–4, and anchor the beads by sewing under the thread bridge next to the A below (FIGURE 2, a–b).
TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletFig3
FIGURE 3

6. With the thread exiting an A, pick up an A, a B, an A, and a cylinder (FIGURE 3, a–b).Sew back through the stack of six 11/0s. Cross to the next stack of 11/0s through the
first connecting rung of Cs. Sew through the last three 11/0s of the next stack (b–c).

7. Repeat step 6 twice (c–d). At the end of the second repeat, sew through six 11/0s and the first cylinder added in step 6.

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletE
PHOTO E

Segment 3 (PHOTO E) 

1. Pick up three cylinders and sew through the cylinder on top of the next stack of 11/0s. Repeat twice.

2. Repeat steps 2–4 of segment 1 to work eight rounds of modified peyote stitch, alternating a round of three cylinders per stitch with a round of one cylinder per stitch.

Segment 4 (PHOTO F)

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletF
PHOTO F

1. Pick up ten Bs, five cylinders, and ten Bs. Sew through the next cylinder on the previous round. Sew back through the last ten Bs.

2. Pick up four cylinders and ten Bs. Sew through the next cylinder on the previous round. Sew back through the last ten Bs.

3. Pick up three cylinders, and sew through the first stack of Bs and the cylinder beneath it. Sew back through the same stack of Bs, exiting at the top of the stack.

Segment 5 (PHOTO G)

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletG
PHOTO G

1. Repeat steps 2–4 of segment 1 to work ten rounds of modified peyote stitch, alternating a round of three cylinders per stitch with a round of one cylinder per stitch.

2. Work the last round of modified peyote using one B per stitch. Sew through the first B added in this step.

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletH
PHOTO H

Segment 6 (PHOTO H)

1. Work one round of modified peyote using three Cs per stitch, stepping up through the first three Cs.

2. Work one round using one B per stitch. Sew through the next three Cs, and step up through the first B.

3. Work three rounds, alternating a round of three Cs per stitch with a round of one B per stitch.

4. Work one round of one C per stitch.

5. Work one round of three Bs per stitch.

6. Work one round of one B per stitch. Sew through the next three Bs and step up through the first B added in this round.

7. Work five rounds, alternating a round of three Cs per stitch with a round of one B per stitch.

8. Work one round of one A per stitch. Sew through the next three Cs and one A.

Segment 7 (PHOTO I)

TwistedbeadstrandsbraceletI
PHOTO I

1. Pick up 25 cylinders, an A, three Cs, an A, and 25 cylinders, and sew through the next A on the previous round. Sew back through the second set of 25 cylinders.

2. Pick up three Cs, an A, and 25 cylinders, and sew through the next A on the previous round. Sew back through the 25 cylinders.

3. Pick up three Cs, sew through the first A added on this round, and twist the three strands of Cs around the tube.

Completing the stitching

1. Starting at the other end of the bracelet, repeat segments 1–6.

2. When completing the last row of segment 6, sew through the Cs added in the previous round, and connect the two sections by sewing through the As added in the last ring of segment 7. Retrace the thread path of this connecting round.

3. Secure the thread tails with a few half-hitch knots, stitch through the beadwork, and trim.

Twistedbeadstrandsbraceletcharm2
CHARM

1. Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of acrylic tubing.

2. Type a one- or two-word message for the scroll in 9-point type in your favorite font. Print and trim the text. Roll the message around a head pin and insert it into the tubing. Remove the head pin from the tubing.

3. On the head pin, string an 11/0, a 4mm bicone or fire-polished bead, a spacer, the message tubing, a spacer, and an 11/0. 

4. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach it to the clasp, and finish the wraps. Trim the excess wire.

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