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Cubic ruffles bracelet

Right-angle weave creates a ruffle of seed beads and crystal pearls
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Embellish a basic cube form with rolling ruffles that serve as decorative links in this bangle-style bracelet.

SUPPLIES

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blue bangle 7 3⁄4 in. (19.7 cm) 

  • 120 4mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, lapis)
  • 6g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 4201, Duracoat galvanized silver)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 3g color A (Miyuki 2038, matte opaque light denim luster)
    • 3g color B (Miyuki 1017, silver-lined emerald AB)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 2g color C (Miyuki 2002, matte metallic silver gray)
    • 3g color D (Miyuki 452, metallic dark blue iris)
  • Nymo D beading thread
  • beading needles, #12

peach bangle colors 

  • 4mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, rose peach)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1053, galvanized yellow gold)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 596, semi-matte opaque salmon)
    • color B (Dyna-Mites, iris bronze; www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • color C (Miyuki 4203, Duracoat galvanized yellow gold)
    • color D (Miyuki 401FR, matte black AB)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cube core

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FIGURE 1
1. On 5 ft. (1.5 m) of thread, pick up four 4 mm pearls. Sew through the pearls again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Continue through the first three pearls to exit opposite the tail (FIGURE 1). This counts as the first stitch of right-angle weave (RAW).
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FIGURE 2
2. Using pearls, work two stitches of flat RAW, and then work a joining stitch as shown (FIGURE 2). Pull tight to form the beadwork into a loose cube shape, and retrace the thread path of the join. To stabilize the cube, sew through the four unattached pearls at each end of the cube.
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FIGURE 3
3. Exit a pearl on one side of the cube. Pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next pearl on this side (FIGURE 3, a–b). Repeat this stitch three times, and exit the first A added in this step (b–c). This forms the top of the cube.
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FIGURE 4

4. Turn the cube so that the surface of the cube with the As is on the top and your thread is exiting toward a side face of the cube (FIGURE 4, point a).

5. Pick up seven color B 15/0 seed beads, cross this side face diagonally, and sew up through the pearl on the opposite side of this face (a–b). This creates a diagonal line of Bs on this face.

6. Rotate the cube to the next side so that the pearl your thread is exiting is now on the left side. Work as in step 5 to add a diagonal line of beads to this face. Repeat this step for the remaining two sides. Do not rotate the cube after adding the last line of diagonal beads.

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FIGURE 5

7. Pick up three Bs, sew down through the center B in the diagonal line (FIGURE 5, a–b), pick up three Bs, and sew up through the opposite pearl (b–c). This creates a cross of Bs on this face. Rotate the cube to the next side.

8. Repeat step 7 for the three remaining sides but do not rotate the cube after the last step. End the tail but not the working thread.

Note:
Remember to keep the top surface of the cube facing up.


Ruffles

Round 1

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FIGURE 6
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1. Sew through the nearest end B as shown (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up a color C 11/0 seed bead, a color D 15/0 seed bead, and a C, sew through the same B your thread exited at the start of this step, and continue through the next B (b–c).

2. Pick up a C and a D, and sew through the adjacent C. Continue through the B your thread exited at this start of the step and the next B (c–d). Repeat these stitches two more times, with the last stitch being added to the center B of the cross and continuing through the next B in the adjacent diagonal line as shown (d–e).

3. Work as in step 2 to add three more stitches (e–f). In the last stitch, continue through the next A at the top of the cube (f–g). The completed ruffle should have eight Cs and seven Ds.

4. Work as in steps 1–3 to create a ruffle on each side of the cube, and exit the first D added in this round.

Round 2

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FIGURE 7

1. Pick up an 8/0 seed bead, and sew through the next D in the previous round. Repeat this stitch five times (FIGURE 7). Sew through the beadwork to exit the first D in the next ruffle.

2. Work as in step 1 for the remaining three ruffles, and exit the first 8/0 added in this round.

Round 3

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FIGURE 8

1. Pick up an A, and sew through the next 8/0. Repeat this stitch four times (FIGURE 8, a–b).

2. Pick up three As, and sew through the first 8/0 in the next ruffle (b–c).

3. Work as in steps 1–2 for the remaining three ruffles, and exit the first A added in this round.

Round 4

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FIGURE 9

1. Pick up three Ds, and sew through the next A. Repeat this stitch four times (FIGURE 9, a–b). Skip the next A, and sew through the following A (b–c).

2. Work as in step 1 for the remaining three ruffles. At the end of the round, pick up three Ds, and sew through the next A in the first ruffle (d–e). End the working thread, and set this component aside.


Remaining components and connections

1. Make another cube core, and work rounds 1–3 of “Ruffles.”

2. Work step 1 of round 4 for three of the four ruffles on this component, exiting the third set of three As.

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FIGURE 10

3. Pick up three Ds, and sew through the next A (FIGURE 10, a–b).

4. Align the incomplete ruffle with a ruffle from the first component, making sure that the tops of both cubes are facing up. Sew through the three corresponding Ds on the first component, and continue through the next A on the new component (b–c). Repeat this stitch three times (c–d).

5. Pick up three Ds, sew through the next A on the new component, skip the following A, and continue through the next A (d–e). Pick up three Ds, and sew through the following A (e–f). Sew through the beadwork, and retrace the thread path of the connection. End the working thread.

6. Continue making components and connecting them for the desired size bangle. For a bangle with an inside circumference of 7 3⁄4 in. (19.7 cm), make a total of 10 components. For a bangle with an inside circumference of 6 3⁄4 in. (17.1 cm), make a total of nine components.

7. For the final component you will need to connect it to both the first and last components in the bangle. This means you will work round 4 for two opposite ruffles, rather than three consecutive ruffles as before. Attach the remaining two incomplete ruffles as before for the connections.

Tip!
Design option: To make the bangle reversible, add A 11/0 seed beads after step 3 of “Ruffles” to the bottom of the cube as you did to the top in step 3 of “Cube core.”

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