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Flowering fringe bracelet

This bracelet boasts an abundant froth of flowers, but Lucite beads make it surprisingly lightweight!

Go ultra-feminine with pastels and pearls, modern with a monochromatic theme, or earthy with muted shades of contrasting colors.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) 

  • 15 mm bead or button with shank
  • 57 15 mm Lucite leaves
  • 57 12 mm Lucite flowers
  • 20 6 mm round beads
  • 2 5 mm accent beads or 6/0 triangle beads
  • 57 4 mm glass spacers or accent beads
  • 57 fringe drop beads
  • 3 g 8/0 seed beads
  • 7 g 11/0 seed beads
  • Dandyline, .006
  • beading needles, #10

You can find both vintage and contemporary Lucite, but finding specific sizes, shapes, and colors can be a challenge. This project is extremely adaptable to any beads you purchase.


INSTRUCTIONS

Flowering fringe bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Flowering fringe bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Dandyline, pick up three 8/0 seed beads, a 15 mm bead, and an 8/0, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Skip the last 8/0 picked up, and sew back through the beads (PHOTO A). Tie the working thread and tail together with a square knot and pick up a 5 mm accent bead. 

If you want to use a button with a shank instead of a 15 mm bead for the clasp, pick up a 5 mm, three 8/0s, the button, and three 8/0s, and sew back through the 5 mm. Tie the tail and working thread together with a square knot.

2. String an alternating pattern of an 8/0 and a 6 mm round bead 20 times, then string an 8/0, a 5 mm, and enough 8/0s to make a loop around the 15 mm bead or button. Skip the loop beads, and sew back through the bracelet base beads to exit the first 6 mm (PHOTO B).

Flowering fringe bracelet Photo C
PHOTO C
Flowering fringe bracelet Photo D
PHOTO D

3. Pick up an 8/0, 12 to 18 11/0 seed beads, a 15 mm leaf, a 4 mm spacer or accent bead, a 12 mm flower, and a fringe drop. Snug up the beads, skip the drop, and sew back through the flower, 4 mm, leaf, and three to seven 11/0s (PHOTO C).

4. Pick up five to 10 11/0s, a leaf, a 4 mm, a flower, and a drop, and snug up the beads. Skip the drop, and sew back through all the beads picked up in this step and the next two to four beads in the stem (PHOTO D).

5. Repeat step 4 to make a third fringe, and sew back through the remaining beads in the stem, and the next 8/0 and 6 mm in the bracelet base.

6. Repeat steps 3–5 18 times. End the working thread and tail.

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