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!

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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.

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.

Knotted Wax Cord Beaded Bracelets

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I bought a package of black waxed cord last week, I think I had earlier seen something I wanted to make and waxed cord was involved. So it was in my head when I saw it at Hobby Lobby that I NEEDED it. But damn if I couldn’t figure out what I had wanted it for. So after a bit of googling, I came upon this video from Beadaholique and off I went.

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The first bracelet I attempted to make used some greenish blue 6/0 seed beads. It is very easy, mindless work that you can do while watching TV. The video shows the project as a double wrapped bracelet – but I guess I missed the part where they SAID they are only going to show you how to make a single wrap. So I cut the lengths of cord to their specs and off I went….I started to get real close to the end of my cords and thought “this doesn’t look right” – so when I removed all the tape I had holding it down I realized it was WAY too long for a single wrap and WAY too short for a double wrap. Sigh. So it was turned into an ankle bracelet, and even that is a tad too big, but oh well. I need to pay more attention, I guess.

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I had so little cord left that I could only muster out a loop to hold a small bead as the closure.

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This time I was prepared! I cut a whole, whole lotta cord and ended up doing a triple wrap! I also used a package of cube beads since I have so many (thanks to an AMAZON sale last year) and because they are uniform in size. I LOVE the way the cube beads came out. And this one worked up so much quicker than the seed bead one. I used the miyuki seed bead mix “Melonberry” (and as I just clicked over to Amazon to check the color I used, I notice that they are on sale again – 84 cents for a whole tube. Higher Power, give me the strength to stay off of Amazon tonight….)

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I had enough cord to actually use a button on this one, although I would have liked a more compatible colored button. But these bracelets are so easy to make, and I think they would sell easily if I ever get myself in gear to go sell stuff. So my next goal is to stock up on different colors of waxed cords, and buttons!

Here are a few more color assortments:

green, white and black on black cord

green, white and black on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

a whole bunch of bracelets!

a whole bunch of bracelets!