Seed Beads, Crystaletts, and Resin Buttons Bracelet
I fell in love with a bracelet design from Rachel Nelson Smith's book Seed Bead Fusion. And it seemed like the perfect beaded design to create for the new resin and image transfer buttons just completed. I beaded one to see what it would like, and can't wait to make more!
Here's the skinny.
instructions excerpted from Seed Bead Fusion
- (22 grams) seed beads, size 11, 2 colors (or more to suit your pattern)
- Thread of your choice
- Beading needle (size 10 and 12)
- (2) Buttons or clasps of your choice
Step 1. Use a single length of thread to stitch a right-angle weave base:
- Crystaletts crystal buttons with Swarovski crystals
Row 1, Unit 1
String 16 beads and tie a square knot to form a tight circle, leaving a 6" tail. Pass through the first 4 beads just strung. (fig 1) Note: This will be referred to as a 16-bead unit.
Row 1, Unit 2
String 6 beads, pass through the last 4 beads exited from the previous unit and the first 5 beads just added. (fig 2)
Row 1, Unit 3
String 12 beads, pass through the last 4 beads exited from the previous unit, and the first 8 beads just added. (fig 3)
Row 1, Units 4 and on
Repeat Units 2 and 3 for a total of 9 units wide.
Exit from the top 4A of the last unit. (fig 4)
Make sure the last unit duplicates Unit 3 (a 16-bead unit).
Row 2, Unit 1
String 6 beads, pass through the 4 beads last exited from the previous unit, and the first bead just added. (fig 5)
Row 2, Unit 2
String 2 beads, pass through the top bead of the adjacent unit from the previous row, the side bead of the previous Row 2 unit, the 2 beads just added, and through the 4 top beads of the following unit from the previous row. (fig 6)
Row 2, Unit 3
String 5 beads, pass through the side beads of the adjacent unit from the previous Row 2 unit, the 4 beads last exited from the previous row, and the first bead just added. (fig 7)
Row 2, Units 4 and on
Repeat Row 2, Units 2 and 3 to the end of the row. Exit from the top 4a of the last unit. (fig 8)
Row 3, Unit 1
String 12 beads, pass through the 4 beads last exited, and the first 4 beads just added. (fig 9)
Row 3, Unit 2
String 5 beads, pass through the top bead of the adjacent unit in the previous row, the 4 beads last exited from the previous Row 3 unit, the 5 beads just added, and the 4 top beads of the following unit from the previous row. (fig 10)
Row 3, Unit 3
String 8 beads, pass through the side beads of the adjacent unit from the previous Row 3 unit, the 4 side beads of the adjacent unit in the previous row, and the first 4 beads just added. (fig 11)
Row 3, Units 4 and on
Repeat Row 3, Units 2 and 3 to the end of the row. Exit from the top 4a of the last unit. (fig 12)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 to make a base 18 large units long.
Step 2. Fill the base units with tubular peyote stitch:
Weave through the base beads to exit from the third bead on any side of a 16-bead unit. String 1 bead and pass through the middle 2 beads of the next side in the same unit; repeat to add a total of 4 beads. (fig 13)
Step up through the first bead added in this round.
String 1 bead and pass through the next bead added in Round 1; repeat to add a total of 4 beads. (fig 14)
Pass through the 4 beads just added at least 1 time to cinch them together.
After cinching the center peyote section, thread on a Crystalett button shank then pass through the opposite bead in the same peyote section. Repeat the thread path to secure the button in place.
The following directions are for finishing the bracelet with buttons rather than as shown in Seed Bead Fusion.
Step 3. Add button loops.
Weave through the base beads over to column 2, exiting either of the center beads on the end of the 16-bead unit. Pick up enough beads to form a loop that fits over the button snuggly. Pass the needle through the two center beads in the base unit, working in a continuous loop. Pass back through all the beads in the loop and the base again to create a sturdy button loop.
Weave the thread over to column 4, exiting from the center two beads (either side), then repeat adding a button loop.
Step 4. Add the buttons.
Using the tail thread or adding a new single thread, weave through the beads then exit the center beads of column 2, opposite end from the button loop. String a bead, the loop of the button, and a second bead. Pass the needle back through the base beads, the bead, button loop, bead, and base beads again to secure a button in place.
Repeat, adding a button to the end of column 4.
There are lots of ways you can take this bracelet design. Rachel shares patterns for other versions of this bracelet along with many other designs that have Seed Bead Fusion brimming with inspiration. The combinations of materials and stitches has my mind going a mile a minute!
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