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!

Beaded Flower Necklace

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I found this video from Kelly, of Off the Beaded Path, for this Fun Floral Necklace. It requires SuperDuo beads, 11/0s and 8/0s. That’s it! It is fun to make, too.

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Kelly gives the option of making the flower components all the way around, or making the chain-like components and as many or as few of the flowers as you like. I chose to make five flowers, and the rest chain. I made 14 chain components for each side on the red necklace, and wanted it a bit longer so I made 15 on each side for the gold necklace.

The Ingredients:  Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

The Ingredients: Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

Making the flowers is easy! String 8 SuperDuos into a circle and add an 8/0 in the center.

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Add an 8/0 between each top hole of all 8 SuperDuos.

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Add 3 11/0s between each 8/0.

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Each flower gets ONE connector, made of 2 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and 2 more 11/0s.

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Flowers are joined together by adding 11/0s to the side of one flower that doesn’t have the connector to the connector of the next flower.

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After all your flowers are joined together it’s time to work on the “chain”!

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The chain is basically a variation of the connectors – very easy and quick. You can even mix it up, like I did here, by using a few 8/0s in place of some of the 11/0s.

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The video shows each step in detail. The whole necklace works up in a few hours!

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Funky Chunky Bead Stash Jewelry!

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They’re BIG! They’re BOLD! They’re COLORFUL! And best of all, they USE UP BEAD STASH BEADS!

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I came across some paper beads from when I FIRST started beading. I remember we went camping, and I brought paper, scissors, markers and glue with me…and sat in a tent for an entire day while it rained and made a ton of paper beads. So I remembered seeing these Anthropologie inspired earrings all over Pinterest some time back and got out some wire.

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I’m not very good with wire. These earrings are pretty big. But they sure are colorful! And I’m not afraid to wear big colorful earrings every now and then!

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A few weeks ago I got an email from Auntie’s Beads touting Karla Kam’s one millionth view on her video for bead crochet. So I gave it a whirl!

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I used wire that was bigger than recommended. Well, that’s all I had on hand. But I did manage to use up a bunch of blue beads, including a few packages of cute lampwork beads that were in the dollar markdown bins at Walmart.

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Aren’t they groovy? Every time I see a bag of lampworks in the markdown bin I can’t resist. Anyway this necklace is REALLY REALLY BIG. I’m not sure if I will ever have the motivation to wear it. Maybe with a white t-shirt and some sort of cardigan. In winter. Maybe.

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Yeah, that’s a big old heavy necklace. But it was fun to crochet with wire and beads. Maybe if I get smaller, thinner wire I would like it better.

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.

10 Minute Beaded Ring Tutorial

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I found a tutorial for this easy pearl ring from The Heart Beading. They have a youtube video as well. It is SO easy, you can bang one out in about ten minutes. All you need is: some 11/0 seeds, one 10mm round, six 6mm rounds, and two 4mm rounds. I used fireline for these rings, thread made the ring feel very flimsy.

step one

step one

On about a yard of fireline, string 3 6mm pearls and move to the center. Add 2 11/0 seeds to both threads.

step two

step two

Cross through the 10mm pearl.

step three

step three

Add 2 seed beads and 1 6mm to each thread; cross through the last 6mm left.

step four

step four

Add 10 seed beads to each thread.

step five

step five

Cross the threads through the 10mm, put the left string through the 10mm going right to left; put the right string through going left to right.

Halfway done!

Halfway done!

The two rows of seed beads will cross each other.

step six

step six

Add 10 seed beads to each thread and cross through the bottom (first) 6mm, crossing the strings again (putting left string through the 6mm right to left, right string thru left to right).

step seven

step seven

You will be coming out of the bottom 6mm. Pass each thread through the 6mm right above it. Add 2 seed beads, a 4mm, and 2 seed beads to each thread. Pass through the next 6mm up. These beads will sit to the left and right of the big 10mm center bead. Leave the threads where they come out.

step eight

step eight

Add 3 seed beads to each thread and cross through a seed bead. Continue doing this until you have the length you need to wrap around your finger.

step nine.  Last step!

step nine. Last step!

When you have the length you want, add 3 seeds to each thread and pass each thread into the corresponding 6mm on the other side of the ring. Work the threads through, tie off, and trim.

Voila!

Voila!

That’s it! So easy. It’s nice sometimes to have a project that gives you almost instant satisfaction.

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The top ring has a big opal bicone. The bottom ring uses those magic beads (miracle beads?) that intrigue me so.

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The left ring used only 6 seed beads instead of 10, as I used smaller beads all around. The right ring used 10, even though I used smaller beads on this one as well, but I used Czech seed beads, which are way smaller.

I love the thought that I can literally make a ring in ten minutes that will EXACTLY match whatever I am wearing to work the next day!

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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