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On the square cube beaded bracelet

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Cube beads link up with shiny seed beads in this smart-looking bracelet that’s easy to construct.

SUPPLIES

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FIGURE 1

bracelet 7–7 1⁄2 in. (18–19.1cm)

  • 8g 4mm cube beads or size 8/0 cylinder beads
  • 5g size 11/0 seed beads
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

INSTRUCTIONS 

1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of Fireline, pick up ten 11/0 seed beads, two 4mm cube beads, and an 11/0 (FIGURE 1, a–b). If you use 8/0 cylinder beads instead of cubes, use only eight 11/0s.

2. Leaving a 12-in. (30cm) tail, pull the beads into a ring and tie a square knot. Sew through all the beads again, exiting the last 11/0 (b–c).

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FIGURE 2

 

3. Pick up an 11/0, two cubes, two 11/0s, two cubes, two 11/0s, two cubes, and an 11/0. Sew back through the adjacent 11/0, two cubes, and 11/0 from the previous step (FIGURE 2, a–b), and continue through the first eight beads just picked up (b–c).

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FIGURE 3

4. To make the seed bead connector, pick up nine 11/0s, and sew back through the 11/0, two cubes, and the 11/0 your thread is exiting (FIGURE 3, a–b). Continue through all but the last 11/0 just added (b–c).

5. Pick up two 11/0s, two cubes, and two 11/0s (c–d), and sew back through all but the first and last 11/0s added in the previous step (d–e). Continue through the first five beads just added (e–f).

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FIGURE 4
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6. Repeat steps 3–5 until the bracelet is approximately 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) shorter than the desired length. End with step 4 but sew through all the 11/0s just added and continue through the adjacent 11/0, two cubes, and the 11/0, and exit the third 11/0 just added as shown (FIGURE 4, point a).

7. Working in ladder stitch, pick up three 11/0s, and sew back through the middle three of the last nine 11/0s added and the three 11/0s just added (a–b). If you used eight 11/0s for the connector, start your ladder at the two center beads and use two 11/0s per stitch.

8. Work in ladder stitch until the toggle stem is at least four rows long (b–c). Exit the third row.

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FIGURE 5

9. Pick up two cubes and an 11/0. Sew back through the cubes, then continue through the last row of the ladder (FIGURE 5, a–b).

10. Pick up two cubes and an 11/0. Sew back through the cubes and the second-to-last row of the ladder (b–c). Retrace the thread path several times until the toggle is stiff. Sew back into the bracelet, secure the tail with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim.

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FIGURE 6
11. Thread a needle on the tail at the other end of the bracelet. Sew through the beadwork to exit at FIGURE 6, point a. Picking up three 11/0s per stitch, work two rows of ladder stitch (a–b). If you used eight 11/0s for the connectors, start your ladder at the two center beads and use two 11/0s per stitch.
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PHOTO

12. Pick up 16 to 20 11/0s. Sew back through the row you just exited in the same direction (b–c and photo), and snug up the beads to form a ring. Retrace the thread path several times, sew back into the bracelet, secure the tail, and trim.

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FIGURE 7

 

Editor’s note:

To create the best-looking square links, select cube beads that are uniform in size and level on each end. Use slightly loose tension as you stitch to prevent the beadwork from buckling. To pull the beads into a tight square shape, you can retrace the thread path, skipping the 11/0s at the corners (FIGURE 7, a–b).

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