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Crystal ribbon bracelet

Dress up right-angle weave with colorful accent beads
Crystal ribbon bracelet

This easy bracelet works up quickly, and is a great way to learn right-angle weave. Any color scheme works – just choose two of your favorite crystal colors and pair them with metal accent beads. Here, oblong metal beads join two strips of bicone crystals in different shades of the same hue. 

Materials

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 27 7 x 5 mm corrugated double-cone beads, gold-plated (Fire Mountain Gems, 800-355-2137, firemountaingems.com)
  • 71 4 mm bicone crystals in each of 2 colors*: A, B
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

* Bicone colors used in the bracelets shown are:
  blue bracelet: indicolite, Pacific opal
  purple bracelet: lilac, violet opal
  
green bracelet: olivine, khaki

 Instructions:  

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Figure 1
Crystal ribbon bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2

[1] On 4 yd. (3.7 m) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0 seed bead, a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0 four times, leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail. Sew through the first six beads again (Figure 1).

[2] Working in right-angle weave, pick up a 15/0, a 7 x 5 mm double-cone bead, two 15/0s, a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, two 15/0s, a 7 x 5 mm, and a 15/0, and sew through the last three beads your thread exited in the previous step and the first six beads picked up in this step (Figure 2).


 

Crystal ribbon bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
Crystal ribbon bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4

[3] Pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0 three times, and sew through the last three beads your thread exited in the previous step and all of the beads picked up in this step (Figure 3).

[4] Pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0 three times, and sew through the last three beads your thread exited in the previous step and the first three beads picked up in this step (Figure 4, a-b).

[5] Pick up a 15/0, a 7 x 5 mm, two 15/0s, an A, and a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0, 7 x 5 mm, and 15/0 in the previous row (b-c), the 15/0, B, and 15/0 from the previous step (c-d), all six beads just added (d-e), and the next 15/0, A, and 15/0 in the previous row (e-f). 

[6] Pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0 twice, and sew through the next two 15/0-A-15/0 groups, and all six beads just picked up (f-g).

[7] Repeat steps 4-6 19 times for a total of 21 rows, but alternate As and Bs to place them in their appropriate columns. 



Crystal ribbon bracelet Figure 5
Figure 5
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Figure 6

Toggle and loop
[1]
 Pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0 twice, and sew through the end 15/0, B, and 15/0 in the previous row and the first three beads picked up to make a three-sided stitch (Figure 5, a-b). Work a normal four-sided stitch in the middle column (b-c), then work a three-sided stitch with As (c-d).

[2] Sew through the beadwork to exit the top row of beads in the middle column (d-e), and work a four-sided stitch off of the previous stitch in the middle column (e-f). Sew through the beadwork to exit the top three beads (f-g).

[3] Pick up 15 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0, 7 x 5 mm, and 15/0 in the previous row (Figure 6, a-b), and the first eight 15/0s just added (b-c).

[4] Pick up seven 15/0s, a 7 x 5 mm, and seven 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (c-d). Sew through the first seven 15/0s just added, the 7 x 5 mm, and the next 15/0 (d-e).

Crystal ribbon bracelet Figure 7
Figure 7

[5] Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, skip the last 15/0, and sew through the beads just added and the 15/0, 7 x 5 mm, and next 15/0 (e-f). Repeat on the other end with an A (f-g). Retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the toggle. Sew through the beads connecting the toggle to the bracelet band a few times to reinforce the connection, and end the thread (Online Basics).

[6] Thread a needle on the tail, and repeat steps 1 and 2 on the remaining end of the band.

[7] Pick up 25 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0, 7 x 5 mm, and 15/0 your thread just exited (Figure 7). Adjust the number of beads to fit the toggle through the loop if needed. Retrace the thread path several times to reinforce the loop, and end the thread. 

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