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Bejeweled bangles

Strings of crystals float between picot-edged bangles.

bangle

  • Swarovski crystals
    • 56 7.5 x 5mm ovals, color A
    • 56 4mm rounds, color B
    • 112 4mm bicones, color C
    • 112 3mm bicones in each of 2 colors: D, E
    • 56 3mm rounds in each of 2 colors: F, G
  • 112 2mm silver beads
  • 2 silver bangles with ruffled-loop edge (Nina Designs, ninadesigns.com)
  • silver-plated beading wire, .013–.014 (minimum 19 strands)
  • micro-tip tweezers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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PHOTO A
Click on image to enlarge.

1. Cut 10 ft. (3m) of beading wire, and center a 2mm silver bead on it. Fold the wire in half, aligning the ends. With both ends, go through one of the loops on a bangle (PHOTO A).

2. Over both ends, string a 3mm color D bicone crystal, two 4mm color C bicones, a 3mm color E bicone, a 3mm color G round crystal, an E, a 3mm color F round, a color A oval crystal, a 4mm color B round, and a D.

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FIGURE 1
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PHOTO B

3. Holding the wire ends together, go through a loop of the other bangle (PHOTO B). Snug up the beads, and cross each end through a 2mm
(FIGURE 1, a–b and e–f).

4. With each end, go back through the loop you just went through (b–c and f–g). Separate the ends. Then, going in opposite directions, take each end through the next loop from the inside to the outside (c–d and g–h).

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FIGURE 2
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PHOTO C

5. On one end, string a 2mm, and go back through the loop you just went through (FIGURE 2, a–b). Snug up the 2mm.

6. String a D, two Cs, an E, a G, an E, an F, an A, a B, and a D. Go through the corresponding loop on the other bangle (b–c).

7. String a 2mm, and go back through the same loop (c–d). Snug up the beads. Use micro-tip tweezers to hold the wire taut (PHOTO C), keeping the beads snug while going through the next loop from the inside to the outside (d–e).

8. Repeat steps 5–7 around the bangle until you have completed 28 rows.

9. Using the other end of the wire, repeat steps 5–7, going in the opposite direction until there is one row remaining. Both ends should exit the same loop.

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FIGURE 3

10. Cross both ends through a 2mm, and go back through the loop (FIGURE 3, a–b and g–h). With both ends together, pick up a D, two Cs, an E, a G, an E, an F, an A, a B, and a D, and go through the last corresponding loop on the bangle (b–c and h–i).

11. Cross the ends through a 2mm (c–d and i–j), and go back through the loop (d–e and j–k). With each end, go through several beads in the adjacent row (e–f and k–l). Trim the excess wire.

Tip!
Fashion a double-decker version of this cuff by inserting another bangle in the middle of the beading sequence. The center bangle will support a longer span of eye-catching crystals, allowing you to make the cuff wider.
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