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.

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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.

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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!

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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Serpentine Necklace

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I live with my husband and my 22 year old daughter. My husband is pretty useless in giving me feedback on things I make, mostly because he enthusiastically proclaims “It’s beautiful! So pretty!” about EVERY SINGLE THING I show him. The daughter is good at giving feedback about what 22 year olds like, but unfortunately for me it is usually big chunky pieces that are basically just STRUNG. And right now, I’m not into ‘just strung’. I like to put a little time and effort into things, rather than just simply stringing some beads on a cord. I feel like I’m cheating! If I ever decide to actually try and sell some stuff, it will work in my favor that the pieces that the young girls seem to prefer are the easier, simpler things.

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But to my point! My best gauge of things I make seems to be wearing pieces to work and seeing how many comments I get on it. I work with the public, I see hundreds of people every day. And when I wore the gold serpentine necklace to work last week, boy did I get a lot of comments on it! It does take a bit of time, but it can be done in one night ( my favorite time frame – some time required, but yet still the gratification of a finished piece that same night!). It is also very versatile – you can use any number of combinations of seed beads and 4mm’s.

I used an article entitled “Custom Cool” from the August/September edition of Beadwork magazine which was a serpentine chain by Melinda Barta. I will post the screenshots below of the 2 page spread. The instructions call for 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, and 4mm beads. I needed a project that was easy to remember and repetitive for a trip I was taking where I needed something to do. But I messed up and brought 8/0’s and 11/0s by mistake, and it came out just as nice, maybe even better! So you can use either 11’s and 15’s, or 8’s and 11’s on this project.

working the second pass of four....

working the second pass of four….

On 6 feet of thread, center 5 11/0’s, half the clasp, 4 more 11/0’s. Cross through another 11/0 and knot the strings together. You will have 3 feet of thread on each string. Let one hang loose! You will be using the other thread to string 4 11/0s and one 4mm until you have the length you need. REMEMBER: this necklace will be bunching up, so you need to make it longer – each set of 4 seeds and one 4mm will make 3/8″ of finished necklace. I used 42 sets to make a 16″ finished piece. Add a stop bead when you reach the end, and move your needle to the other thread. ONE MORE NOTE: Usually instructions call for a certain length of thread and I have a ton left over; in this one I fell short every time so 6 feet is a CONSERVATIVE estimate…you may want to go a bit longer than 6 feet.

Finished passes one and two.

Finished passes one and two.

Now you are going to add a 15/0 between each 11/0 with the second piece of thread. For each set of 4 11/0’s, you will add 3 15/0’s. So go through the 4mm, through the first 11/0, then add a 15, go thru next 11, add a 15, go thru next 11, add a 15, then go thru the last 11, the next 4mm, the first 11 of the next set, and continue. Go all the way down. Time to get ANOTHER 6 feet of thread! Center it through the loop and clasp so that you have two more 3 foot pieces ready to go!

After pass 2 the necklace should start to zig a bit...

After pass 2 the necklace should start to zig a bit…

Pass number 3 - adding more 15's between the 15's that were added in pass 2

Pass number 3 – adding more 15’s between the 15’s that were added in pass 2

Thread number 3 will be adding 4 more 15’s to each set. You should have 4 11/0’s and 3 15/0’s in each set. We will now add 2 15’s between the first and second 15 of the set, and 2 more 15’s between the second and third 15 of the set. It sounds confusing but its really not. Go through the 4mm, the first 11, the first 15. Add two 15’s, and go through the second 15. Add two more 15’s and go through the third 15, the last 11, the next 4mm, and continue. If you look at the diagram on the screenshots below, you will say AHA. So when you finish the third pass, each set will have 4 11’s, and 7 15’s.

another look at pass number 3 - each set should have 4 11/0's and 7 15/0's.

another look at pass number 3 – each set should have 4 11/0’s and 7 15/0’s.

The final pass! Switch your needle to the last 3′ piece of thread. THIS time, the final addition is an 11/0, in a DIFFERENT but complimentary color, between the 2 sets of 15’s that you added last pass.

Last pass - add a different colored 11 between the 2 sets of 15's that you added last pass.

Last pass – add a different colored 11 between the 2 sets of 15’s that you added last pass.

So this time you will go thru the 4mm, thru the first 11, thru the first 15 of pass number 2, thru the first 2 15’s you just added. String your new 11. Then go thru the second set of 15’s you just added, the last 15 from pass 2, the last 11, and the next 4mm. WHEW! Things start getting snug here, but the necklace really should be zig zagging pretty good by now.

another look at pass number four

another look at pass number four

Finally check the length, if you want to add to it you can totally do that now. Otherwise make the other loop and clasp and trim away!

gold serpentine necklace using 8/0's and 11/0's.  And 6mm polymer beads.

gold serpentine necklace using 8/0’s and 11/0’s. And 6mm polymer beads.

So that’s it….I used some 6mm polymer clay beads from Ali Express – 200 polymer beads for under $4 – they are so cute, too. They look hand rolled (slightly imperfect) which adds to their charm, imo.

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And here are the screen shots to the actual article:

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These instructions also have an option to make two separate chains, each one a half of the necklace, which you then join together with a pendant or drop in the center. That’s what I am going to try today!