Anemone Bracelets

Anemone Bracelets

Anemone bracelets are super easy and super fast. And they can use up your cheap 6/0 seed beads!

purple and blue on a white base

purple and blue on a white base

clear pink on a white base with an 11/0 color mix

clear pink on a white base with an 11/0 color mix

bottom:  bronze base,  cheap Walmart 6/0 bead mix with brown 11/0s;  top: white base, same mixed beads, and white 11/0s

bottom: bronze base, cheap Walmart 6/0 bead mix with brown 11/0s;
top: white base, same mixed beads, and white 11/0s

Five Anemone Bracelets

Five Anemone Bracelets

These bracelets are super easy, mindless work. Sometimes you just feel like making something that doesn’t take a ton of concentration, and this fits the bill. You can also add other types of beads, like the acrylic flowers and leaves that I added here in a bracelet for my 8 year old niece Chloe.

Cut your wire an inch longer than your desired finished length.

Cut your wire an inch longer than your desired finished length.

Cut a length of wire about an inch longer than the length you want, don’t forget to add in the size of the clasp. Attach a clamshell bead tip cover and some crimp beads to one half.

Base beads

Base beads

String on enough 6/0 seed beads until about half an inch from the desired length. Leave 3/8″ empty space before adding the other clamshell.

3/8" empty space  to allow for embellishments.

3/8″ empty space to allow for embellishments.

Thread a needle with a good wingspan of thread or fireline, something thin enough to allow at least 3 passes through the base beads, which already have the wire running through them. Tie the line on to one end of the base, at the clamshell, with an overhand knot.

embellishment!

embellishment!

Add a 6/0 and an 11/0; go back through the 6/0 and then pass through the first base bead. You can also use 8/0s instead of 11/0s. Continue on adding a 6 and an 11 on to every base bead.

pretty flowers for an 8 year old girl.

pretty flowers for an 8 year old girl.

I decided to mix it up a bit on this bracelet by adding some acrylic flowers and leaves in there in place of some of the 6/0’s.

First embellishment pass of three

First embellishment pass of three

I substituted a flower on every 6th bead on the first pass of embellishment. Otherwise you would just add 6/0’s and 11/0’s to every base bead all the way down to the other end of the bracelet.

try and snug that embellishment bead up in there

try and snug that embellishment bead up in there

Try and snug the embellishment bead up against the base bead that you are adding it to so that it is tight in there. Especially once you are on the second and third passes, the potential for loose thread and loose beads is high, so I usually hold the embellishment bead up against the base bead with my thumbnail while I pull the thread through so it stays tight against the base.

And voila!  After three passes; two with flowers and one pass with leaves.

And voila! After three passes; two with flowers and one pass with leaves.

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I added flowers every sixth bead on the first pass; leaves every sixth bead in the second pass, and flowers again in the third. Stagger the embellishments. If using just 6/0 beads like the five bracelets at the top of this post, just make at least 3 passes of embellishment. Tie off the thread, add the clasp, and that’s it!

Boelyn Bracelets

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I came across a download for the Boelyn Bracelet, a project by Mandy Duffy from Bead and Button magazine. For some reason the “link” feature is not working for me today on WordPress, so I will say if you google “Boelyn Bracelet”, the second thing that comes up is the PDF download for this project.

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The bracelet came out so nice, and is so sturdy feeling, that I am going nuts making these! I have 6 made so far, which has wiped out my stash of fire polished 6mm rounds. As soon as I get some more….back to the Boelyn bracelets! I saw some of these on Etsy for forty bucks!

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Anyway it is not a difficult project – the most tedious part is the final embellishment, but even that is easy! This project uses about 22 6mm round beads, about double that of 4mm rounds, 20 or so fire polished beads, and then some of the SMALLER 11/0’s, and some 15/0’s.

You start out by making a simple Right Angle Weave bracelet of 4mm and 6mm rounds. I used approximately 22 6mm rounds to make a bracelet to fit my 7″ wrist.

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST use SMALL 11/0 seed beads in this bracelet, like Czech beads. DO NOT use Toho or Delicas – it just doesn’t come out right. There is an editor note in the tutorial that says this exact thing. Of course, on the third bracelet I made I didn’t listen and used some Tohos, and ended up ripping the WHOLE bracelet apart. Those cheap Czech seed beads work PERFECTLY.

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Anyway add three 11/0’s between each 4mm along the length of the bracelet on both sides. Only add two at the ends, on either side of the 6mm.

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Next you need to add a 6mm fire polished bead along the top of the bracelet for the entire length. Come out of the first 4mm bead. String 3 11/0’s, 6mm fire polished, and 3 more 11/0’s.

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Go across the bracelet to the corresponding 4mm on the other side, and go thru the bead with your needle exiting towards the end of the bracelet closest to you.

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Add 3 more 11/0’s and go through the fire polished bead.

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Add 3 more 11/0’s and go into the 4mm that you started at, this time exiting with the needle facing the other end of the bracelet, the end that is FARTHEST away from you.

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Ta Daa! So you will have an X of seed beads joining this fire polished bead to the top of the bracelet. Go through the next 3 seed beads on the base of the bracelet, and go through the next 4mm. Repeat this for the entire length of the bracelet. You will have 2 less fire polished beads than you had 6mm rounds in the base.

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At this point I added a clasp to one half. Coming out of the end 6mm base bead, string 3 11/0’s, a 4mm, one 11/0, half the clasp, one 11/0. Go back through the 4mm. Add 3 more 11/0’s and go back into the 6mm base bead on the opposite side you came out of. Continue on to the embellishment.

This is the only tedious part of the project, only reason being you have to sometimes work your needle in there to get into the correct beads. Between each fire polished bead you will have a ‘mountain’ of beads: 3 up, 3 down, 3 along the bottom, and 3 up the next side, etc. (I look at this part as coming up and down the side of a mountain). At the top of the mountain, You will add a 15/0 seed bead in a corresponding color.

I put a bigger bead on the top of this mountain so it would stand out - its the black one.

I put a bigger bead on the top of this mountain so it would stand out – its the black one.

Then go down the mountain (thru all 3 beads going down). Pick up the CENTER bead of the 3 going across the bottom, and then UP only 2 of the 3 beads going up the next side. Add an 11/0, and go back to the first side of the mountain, going down the BOTTOM 2 of the 3 beads only. Grab that center bottom bead again, and go up all 3 beads of the second side of the mountain. Add your 15/0. Then repeat along the length of the bracelet.

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The path you follow; blue first, then yellow.

The path you follow; blue first, then yellow.

Sounds confusing, but you get the hang of it after a few. When you get to the end of the first side, you can go ahead and add the other half of the clasp. Then go back and do the embellishment on the other side. boelyn 18

I can bang one of these out in about three hours. They’re so pretty! And they are so very sturdy and substantial feeling. One of my greatest fears is that something I make is going to fall apart so easily. And when I wear some of my earlier pieces, I HAVE HAD them break on me at work! Granted, I do a lot of physical labor things at work, but still….the number one self conscious reason I hesitate to sell things that I make is that I am terrified it will break on somebody. I am working on really finishing threads the correct way, and reinforcing clasps and whatnot. But this bracelet….I really feel good about it! I think this bracelet would make a wonderful gift for someone for Christmas.

Beaded Bracelet “Cyprus”

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I made all three of these bracelets today…they work up very quickly and are pretty fun to do!

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I came across this older post from Madame Bijou for her Cyprus bracelet. It didn’t take much thought to figure it out – she uses what looks like some 6/0 beads in her bracelet, I used some cubes to make the brick stitch triangles because I have so very, very many of them.

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Make a brick stitch triangle with 7 cubes or beads on the bottom row, working up to two in the top row. Coming out of one of the two top cubes, make a loop of six 11/0 seeds to connect your jump ring and go back through the other top cube. Work the thread back down through the triangle and exit the first cube of the bottom seven.

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Add your first row of beads – use bigger and different sized and colored beads, separated by two, three, or four 11/0 seeds. You will need to measure your clasp, and the size of your triangle. Add together the clasp size and the triangle size times two to figure out how long to make your connecting string of beads. I made some a bit longer than others (just a teeny bit) so that some of the strands overlapped – but you could make them all the same size if you want.

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When you have your length of beads, start making the other triangle. Make a ladder stitch of seven cubes.

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So make the other triangle, adding another loop of six seeds at the top to connect the other side of the clasp. Weave the thread back down the other side and come out at the end cube on the opposite side of where your bead string is.

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Like this! Now just fill in the center five cubes going back and forth. I used about ten to fifteen seeds to begin and end each bead strand, and worked the bigger beads in to the middles. When you get to the end of a bead string, just go up into the cube you end at and come down out of the cube next door.

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It’s really easy, and I love anything that uses up bead soup beads. The first one I made had silver cubes, black 8/0 seeds, and some assorted bicones and confetti glass beads. I made it a bit too short so I had to use a HUGE clasp.

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Second bracelet used a blue colored mix of cubes, an 11/0 Czech seed bead mix called “ghostly apparition”, bicones and blue cats eye beads.

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And the third bracelet used a white, silver, grey cube mix, the same Czech seeds, and some black and silver beads along with red cubes and red bicones. Again I messed up and made too short, so luckily I had another huge clasp on hand. These bracelets look quite fancy, but were really easy to make. I am still working on my bead weaving skills, so doing the brick stitch triangles with those big old cubes was great practice for me.

Beaded Bracelet Assortment

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I work on jewelry every single night. Every. Single. Night. It’s been well over a year, and I still love to bead, to the point that I can’t wait to get home from work and browse the internet and find something I want to attempt to make. Here are some of the bracelets that I have made over the past few weeks.

Embellished RAW Bracelets

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

Sometimes I even bring some beads to work with me, on days when I know it is going to be slow. I try and keep it simple, so I make strips of Right Angle Weave, and then embellish them when I get home.

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

I left the edges unfinished – I’m not sure why, but usually I add something between each bead along the length of the bracelet.

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads.  Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads. Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones. Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds.  Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds. Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones. Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.  Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones - edges finished with 2 of the 11/0's between each 6/0.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds. Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones – edges finished with 2 of the 11/0’s between each 6/0.

These bracelets are so easy – they take about an hour to make start to finish.

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds.  Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips.  Still working on the edges....

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds. Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips. Still working on the edges….

Panda Hall Flower Bracelet

I don’t know what else to call this bracelet, but I used a free tutorial from Panda Hall to make two bracelets. This first one follows the tute exactly:

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

The first side works up super quickly – the second side, which incorporates some beads from the first row into the pattern, takes a bit of paying attention.

I love this one!

I love this one!

This second bracelet is just the first row of the pattern. I got done with the first row, counted my beads I had left, and found that I was a few beads short! So I just left it as one row.

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

Tubular Herringbone / Chenille Stitch

I made my first tubular herringbone piece a few weeks ago – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

Using this tutorial from Bead Mavens, which incorporates bugle beads into the herringbone stitch, I added some gold bugles to brown and white 8/0 seeds.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

It was fun to do, and I liked using the 8/0’s…they were the perfect size. Not to small and not too large. Then I came across a video for Chenille stitch which is described as “a combination of ladder and herringbone stitches”.

rainbowy red  and matte black 8/0 seeds.

rainbowy red and matte black 8/0 seeds.

I like the pattern of X’s, or flowers…and I did mess up a few times in this, but once I got the hang of it, it was just as easy as herringbone. You just have to pay attention on this one, too!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel.  The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach.  I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel. The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach. I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

One of the things I love about beading is how versatile most patterns are. With a change of color or size of beads, or adding extra rows, you can make totally different pieces from one pattern!

Potawatomi Daisy Chain Tutorial

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Daisy Chain beading is easy. Repetitive and easy and it makes such cute little bracelets, or necklaces, or ankle bracelets. Potawatomi daisy chains put a little line of leaves between each daisy. You can make your daisies all the same color, or alternate colors, or even make each one a different color!

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Anyway the Potawatomi stitch is four basic motions, using minimum 3 colored beads: a petal bead, which is the petals of the daisy; a pollen bead, which is the center of the daisy, and leaf beads which are obviously the leaves. In this tutorial I am using green for the leaf beads, silver for the pollen beads, and alternating yellow and orange for the petal beads.

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The first daisy to start off the chain is done differently than the rest of the bracelet:

To Begin:  thread FOUR petal beads and ONE pollen bead

To Begin: thread FOUR petal beads and ONE pollen bead

go back through the first bead strung, moving towards the tail.

go back through the first bead strung, moving towards the tail.

thread TWO more petal beads and go into the LAST petal bead from the previous step (the one right above your pollen bead)

thread TWO more petal beads and go into the LAST petal bead from the previous step (the one right above your pollen bead)

Voila!  The first daisy!

Voila! The first daisy!

The rest of the chain is the same from here on.

Thread a leaf, a petal, and a leaf

Thread a leaf, a petal, and a leaf

Go up through the bead right above the one you are coming out of

Go up through the bead right above the one you are coming out of

Thread a leaf and a petal and go down through the petal bead you just added.

Thread a leaf and a petal and go down through the petal bead you just added.

Pull snug and you will have this!

Pull snug and you will have this!

Add TWO petals and ONE pollen and go down through the petal bead right below you

Add TWO petals and ONE pollen and go down through the petal bead right below you

Lastly, add TWO petal beads and go up through the next PETAL bead up, the one right above the center pollen bead.

Lastly, add TWO petal beads and go up through the next PETAL bead up, the one right above the center pollen bead.


Yay!  second daisy done.

Yay! second daisy done.

Now it is just repeating the pattern:

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF
1 LEAF, 1 PETAL
2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN
2 PETAL.

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL

2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN

2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN

2 PETAL

2 PETAL

Another one done!

Another one done!

yellow and orange daisies, silver pollen, green leaves in 11/0 seeds

yellow and orange daisies, silver pollen, green leaves in 11/0 seeds

So I hope you will try out a simple Potawatomi Daisy Chain, it is my favorite of all the daisy chains and is so easy! Very cute for a summer anklet.

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Chan Luu Bracelets

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I love the look of Chan Luu bracelets. Most tutorials I have read use leather cord, but I happen to have a ton of suede cord so that’s what I went with. Walmart usually has packs of three colors of suede cord for two bucks.

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As far as what to use to wrap the beads and how to wrap them, there are quite a few different methods. This one from “Creating Laura” uses stretch cord. There are tutorials that use thread and wrap around the cord, but the easiest one I have found, and I can’t find the tutorial I used, involved using fireline (monofilament), doubled up so that you are working with two strands, and continually crossing through the beads all the way down to the end.

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These bracelets are easiest finished by making a loop on one end, and then attaching a button to the other end. I am currently in search of some nice buttons to finish my bracelets with….I used some buttons I had on hand, but I will switch them out for nicer ones eventually.

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Easy Peasy! Super quick and super cute.

Beach Bracelet “Seychelles Style”

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On an “interweave” binge of buying back issues of beading magazines, I bought something called Everyday Bracelets e-mag which is actually a pretty neat, interactive bead stringing magazine. And one of the bracelets shown immediately jumped out at me:

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Here’s a screen shot of the page called “Sheychelle’s Style”. I knew I had all the ingredients, or at least comparable items to substitute.

the ingredients, minus the clasp and findings

the ingredients, minus the clasp and findings

I used some 6mm olive green wooden beads, and some 4mm stone beads (agate?). I had two clear 10mm acrylic beads, and some 4mm silver daisy spacers. I just received a bag of toggle clasps from Auntie’s Beads from a big toggle clasp – one day sale they had last week, and chose the only silver one in the bag, which is a dimpled wavy 27mm set. A Tibetan silver starfish charm and of course, some jump rings, bead crimps, wire and bead tips finished out the supply list.

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I did a 3 strand bracelet, instead of the 4 strand shown in the magazine….honestly because I only cut 3 lengths of wire and put the wire away before realizing the picture had 4 strands. But I figured who cares. Two of the strands are 6mm beads and 4mm beads with spacers in between. The third strand is just 6mms and spacers.

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The clasp is pretty darn big! I added a dangle made of the same beads, and a starfish charm to one side of the clasp.

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All in all, it took about fifteen minutes to whip together. Which bothers me, because I really like to put a lot of time into a beaded piece, but I find that I really LIKE the simple strung pieces better. I don’t know, I feel like I’m cheating when something is really easy.

Now the only question is: do I wear the bracelet clasp side out, or bead side out?

P.S. Yikes! I need to stop taking pictures in my bathroom, at night, with my cell phone.