Columbian Clay Bead Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 
Cool Color Palate

11-2075 - 11/0 Matte Op Cobalt Luster
6-1251 - 6/0 Matte Met Turquoise
STR5-401FR – 5/0 Sharp Triangle Matte Black AB
CCD-2-001: Clay beads approx 5x2mm Blue
CCD-2-007: Clay beads approx 5x2mm Green
2′ of .015 C-flex beading wire
2 crimps
1 clasp

Repeat the pattern of 11/0 – blue clay – 11/0 – sharp triangle – 11/0 green clay – 11/0 – 6/0 – until desired length is reached. Add clasp.

Alternate warm color palate

11-2005 – 11/0 Matte Met Dk Raspberry Iris
6-1255 – 6/0 Matte Met Dk Bronze
STR5-2005 – 5/0 Sharp Triangle Matte Met Dk Raspberry Iris
CCD-2-009: Clay beads approx 5x2mm Terra
CCD-2-010: Clay beads approx 5x2mm Orange

See some other design ideas here.

Moroccan Tile Bracelet in Super Beadwork Magazine

Heather’s Moroccan Tile Bracelet made using Miyuki Tila Beads appears in the June/July issue of Super Beadwork Magazine.

Tila Bead Bracelet

We’ve had a lot of people ask which colors were used, so here is a list for each:

Green Bracelet

TL-2008 – Matte Met Patina Iris Miyuki Tila Bead
TL-468 – Met Malachite Green Iris Miyuki Tila Bead
DP28-2008 – Matte Met Patina Iris 2.8mm Miyuki Drop Bead
11-468 – 11/0 Met Malachite Green Iris Miyuki Seed Bead
15-1890 – 15/0 Emerald Gold Luster Miyuki Seed Bead

Gold Bracelet

TL-2006 – Matte Met Dk Bronze Miyuki Tila Bead
TL-457 – Met Dk Bronze Miyuki Tila Bead
DP28-4202 – Duracoat Galvanized Gold 2.8mm Miyuki Drop Bead
11-199 – 11/0 24kt Gold Iris Miyuki Seed Bead
15-199 – 15/0 24kt Gold Iris Miyuki Seed Bead

Black Bracelet

TL-401 – Black Miyuki Tila Bead
TL-401F – Matte Black Miyuki Tila Bead
DP28-401 – Black 2.8mm Miyuki Drop Bead
11-401 – 11/0 Black Miyuki Seed Bead
15-401 – 15/0 Black Miyuki Seed Bead

Long Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet

 

Large Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet

Large Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet

materials –

Japanese beading needles or Big Eye Needles
1 spool CLMC-OL – C-lon Micro Cord Olive
2 tubes LMA-2008 – 4.7mm Matte Met Patina Iris Long Magatama
1 tube 8-217 – 8/0 Forest Green Lined Crystal Miyuki Seed Beads
1 tube 11-2013 – 11/0 Matte Met Dk Olive Iris Miyuki Seed Beads
1 clasp

alternate colors:

CLMC-WN – C-lon Micro Cord Wine
LMA-142fr - 4.7mm Matte Tr Smoky Amethyst AB Long Magatama
8-410fr – 8/0 Matte Op Mauve AB Miyuki Seed Beads
11-360 – 11/0 Lined Lt Amethyst AB Miyuki Seed Beads

Large Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet Detail

Step 1 – Add four 8/0 seed beads to your thread. They will become the inner core of your spiral stitch. Then add a group of three – one 11/0, one long magatama, one 11/0.

Step 2 – Sew back up through the four 8/0s to create the first loop of your spiral. Each time you add a new loop, you will want to rotate the work in the same direction, so that each new loop is added to the left of the previous loop.

Step 3 – Add one 8/0 seed bead, and a group of three – one 11/0, one long magatama, one 11/0. This is the same grouping that you will repeat from now on. Sew back up through the top three 8/0s in your core and then up through the new 8/0 that you just added. This leaves only the group of three loop on the exterior of your spiral.

Step 4 – Repeat step three until you have reached your desired length. Remember that you will need additional length because the design is somewhat wide in circumference.

 

Large Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet in Purple

Large Magatama Spiral Stitch Bracelet in Purple

Be whimsical and creative with your colors and clasp choices. Send us a picture of your version of this bracelet and we’ll post it on the blog for everyone to admire!

Learning Bead Embroidery – Part One

Lately I have been interested in bead embroidery, and looking at Beading in the Native American Tradition by David Dean made me decide it was time to start trying some new techniques. I bought some bracelet blanks and ultrasuede, flipped through The Art of Bead Embroidery – Technique, Design and Inspiration by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini, and went to work. I learn best by looking at a lot of pictures, looking at the diagrams once, and then making a lot of mistakes.

Bead Embroidered Bracelet

At first I tried to make my design completely freeform, and that resulted in a lot of blobs which I had to cut off and rethink. I used a quarter and a nickel to trace some shapes on the ultrasuede and that seems to have given me enough structure to go on with. I am using some E6000 to pre-place the bigger elements, and then working around them with Miyuki seed beads, freshwater pearls, and some African brass beads.

Stay posted for a picture of the completed bracelet!

Star Fruit Bracelet

For the avid beaders among you – Heather’s Star Fruit Bracelet appears in the upcoming August/September issue of Beadwork Magazine.

The colors for the purple bracelet are (from the middle out) 8mm Jet, 6mm Purple Velvet, 5mm Tanzanite, 4mm Lt Amethyst and 3mm Violet.

The colors for the brown bracelet are (from the middle) 8mm Smoke Topaz, 6mm Crystal Copper, 5mm Fuschia, 4mm Ruby and 3mm Amethyst.

You can purchase the magazine or the kits here.

You can also purchase the completed bracelet on her website Chrononaut Mercantile.

Beadwork Magazine Aug/Sept 2010

2-color Wrapped Leather Bracelet

2 color C-lon Beadcord Leather Bracelet

Materials –

6′ of C-Lon Bead Cord (2 colors)
1 Big Eye Needle
1 tube of 6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads (6-401FR)
4′ of leather

Step 1 – Fold the leather in half and double around to make a knot and loop at the center.

Step 2 – Wrap the C-Lon bead cord just below the knot in the leather several times. Sew around and back through the wrapped thread and tie off.

Step 3 – Add a 6/0 seed bead to your thread. Sew one color over the right hand leather, through the bead, and under the left hand piece of leather. Take the 2nd color of cord and sew over the left hand leather, through the bead, and under the right hand piece of leather . This is just like a macrame square stitch.

Step 4 – Repeat until the desired length is reached. Add a bead or a button for the clasp. Tie off the leather and wrap the C-Lon bead cord just below the knot in the leather several times. Sew around and back through the wrapped thread and tie off.

Our wholesale customers can shop for C-lon Bead Cord here.

Double Wrapped Leather Bracelet

double wrapped leather bracelet

Materials –

6′ of C-Lon Bead Cord (Cyan)
1 Big Eye Needle
1 tube of 6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads (6-2405FR)
4′ of leather

Step 1 – Fold the leather in half and double around to make a knot and loop at the center.

Step 2 – Wrap the C-Lon bead cord just below the knot in the leather several times. Sew around and back through the wrapped thread and tie off.

Step 3 – Add a 6/0 seed bead to your thread. Sew around the top piece of leather, back down through the bead in the back, then sew back up through the bead in the front. Each bead will have the C-lon bead cord pass through it in the back and the front of the leather, holding it in place.

Step 4 – Loop the C-Lon bead cord around the top piece of leather, add a 6/0 seed bead, loop around the bottom piece of leather, and then sew back up through the bead in the front.

Step 5- Repeat until the desired length is reached. Add a bead or a button for the clasp. Tie off the leather and wrap the C-Lon bead cord just below the knot in the leather several times. Sew around and back through the wrapped thread and tie off.

This design could be made with 3 or 4 pieces of leather for added oomph!

Our wholesale customers can shop for C-lon Bead Cord here.

Peyote Triangle Waves Bracelet

Triangle Waves Peyote Stitch Bracelet with Miyuki seed beads

Triangle Waves Peyote Stitch Bracelet with Miyuki seed beads

Triangle Waves Peyote Stitch Bracelet

Materials –

Japanese Beading Needles
C-lon Size D Beading Thread ( Royal )
Size 10 Miyuki Triangle Bead ( tr10-452 )
Size 8 Miyuki Triangle Bead ( tr8-452 )
Size 10 Miyuki Delica Bead ( DBMC – 0002 )

This bracelet is made using even count peyote stitch.
(Learn how with this link from our friend Suzanne Cooper)

Step 1 – Add six DBMCs to your thread. Begin even count peyote stitch for 5 rows.

Step 2 – Begin next row with TR10s. Continue even count peyote stitch for 5 rows of TR10s.

Step 3 – Begin next row with TR8s. Continue even count peyote stitch for 5 rows of TR8s.

Step 4 – Repeat step 2.

Step 5 – Begin next row with DBMCs. Continue even count peyote stitch for 7 rows of DBMCs.

Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length is reached. Notice that as you change the bead size the width of the bracelet increases and decreases in a wave shape. Experiment with different sizes of beads to see what cool examples you can come up with. Remember that we’d like to see the versions you come up with, so send us pictures of your projects!

See all three sizes of triangle beads here.

Texture with Fancy Drops

Miyuki Fancy Drop Peyote Stitch BraceletMiyuki Fancy Drop Peyote Stitch Bracelet

Fancy Drop Peyote Stitch BraceletMaterials –

Japanese Beading Needles
C-lon Size D  (Turquoise)
1-2 tubes Miyuki Fancy Drops (dpf-31)
(fancy drops are color-lined with contrasting colors to the rest of the drop)
1 tube Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads (11-271)
1 clasp or snap

Step 1- Start flat peyote stitch with twelve 11/0 seed beads. Each following row you will add 6 beads.

Step 2- Begin randomly inserting the drops to create a textured surface. Continue until bracelet reaches desired length.

Step 3 – This bracelet is clasped using a snap sewn onto a tiny leather tab. It makes the closure point nearly invisible. Using a button or regular clasp would also work fine.

Fancy Drop Peyote Stitch Bracelet on wrist Miyuki’s color-lined fancy drops give this bracelet a cool optical effect – as you turn your wrist the color appears to change because the angle of the light hits the bead at a different place.  Try your own version and admire the effect!

See miyuki drops and fancy drops here.

Regal Caterpillar Bracelet

Regal Caterpillar Bracelet in brick stitch with Miyuki Japanese seed beads

Regal Caterpillar Bracelet in brick stitch with Miyuki Japanese seed beads

Regal Caterpillar brick stitch bracelet on modelmaterials –

Japanese beading needles
1 bobbin C-Lon Thread size D (purple)
1 tube 15/0 Miyuki seed beads (15-462)
2 colors of 11/0 Miyuki seed beads (11-465 and 11-469)
1 tube of 10 cut twisted seed beads (10C-TW-462)
1 tube of 2mm x 6mm twisted bugles (TW206-191)
1 tube of Miyuki drop beads (DP-453)
1 clasp

Brick Stitch Instructions from our friends at Bead & Button.

Step 1 – Make your ladder row with twisted 2.0 x 6mm bugles. Continue until it is the desired bracelet length, minus the length of the clasp.

Step 2 – Begin working on one side of the bracelet. Decrease by 1 bead in your next row using 11/0 seed beads. (Example uses 11-469).

Step 3 – Decrease by 1 bead in your next row using twisted 10 cut seed beads.

Step 4 – Decrease by 1 bead in your next row using 11/0 seed beads of a different color. (Example uses 11-465).

Step 5 – Ornament outside edge with alternating additions of three 15/0 seed beads and another three grouping: one 15/0 seed bead, one drop bead, and one 15/0 seed bead. Or use a different ornamentation – be creative!

Step 6 – Repeat rows 2 through 5 for the other side of the bracelet. Complete with a clasp.

Remember to send us a picture of your version of this bracelet, and we’ll post it on the blog!