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Pip bead flower bracelet

Use peyote stitch and Pip beads to make this quick and easy bracelet

Pip bead flower bracelet

Stitch pretty little flowers using Pip beads, seed beads and glass pearls. Connect them with chain to create a dainty bracelet.

 

Materials

 

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 5 8 mm glass pearls* (white)
  • 40 5 x 7 mm Pip beads* (#23980_29400, green/purple iris)
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads* (Czech 18565, metallic aqua terra)
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) chain (2 x 3 mm links)
  • 10 4 mm jump rings, 22-gauge
  • 2 6 mm jump rings, 18-gauge
  • lobster claw clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needle, #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

* Preciosa traditional Czech beads

 

Instructions 

 

Flowers

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Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 2
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1. Work the back of the flower in rounds: 

 

Round 1: On 33 in. (85 cm) of thread, pick up an 11/0 seed bead and a Pip bead eight times. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Step up by sewing through the first 11/0 again (Figure 1).

 

Round 2: Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round (Figure 2, a-b). Repeat this stitch seven times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b-c). Keep a firm tension, and make sure that all the new 11/0s are on the same side of the Pips.

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figure 3
Pip bead flower bracelet  Figure 4
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Round 3: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next two 11/0s in the previous round (Figure 3, a-b). Repeat this stitch seven times to complete the round, and step up through the first bead added in this round (b-c).

 

Round 4: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round. Repeat this stitch seven times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (Figure 4).

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figure 5
Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 6
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Round 5: Work a decrease round: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round and the next two adjacent 11/0s (Figure 5, a-b). Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b-c).Round 6: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous round. Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (Figure 6).

 

2. Retrace the thread path through all eight 11/0s added in the last two rounds. Pull your thread firmly as you work. Exit an 11/0 in the last round (round 6).

Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 7
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figure 8

3. Sew through the center opening to the front of your work and pick up an 8 mm pearl and an 11/0. Sew back through the pearl, and continue through the next 11/0 in round 6 (Figure 7). To secure the pearl firmly in the center of your Pip flower, retrace the thread path through the pearl and 11/0 and the beads in round 6 until you have sewn through all four 11/0s added in round 6.

 

4. Sew through to the back of the flower, and exit in the middle of a pair of beads added in round 2. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the other bead in the pair (Figure 8, a-b). Sew through the beadwork to exit the middle of the opposite pair of 11/0s, and repeat the stitch (b-c). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the newly added beads. These are the beads to which you will attach the chains.

Pip bead flower bracelet Figure 9
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5. Sew through the beadwork to exit a Pip on the front of the flower. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next Pip (Figure 9, a-b). Repeat this stitch seven times to complete the round, keeping a firm tension (b-c). End the working thread and tail.

 

6. Repeat steps 1-5 to create a total of five flowers.

 

Assemble the bracelet

 

1. Cut the chain into four 1/2-in. (1.3 cm) pieces and two 1/4-in. (6 mm) pieces.

 

2. Open a 4 mm jump ring. On any flower, pass the open ring through an 11/0 added in step 4 of “Flowers” and an end link of a 1/2-in. (1.3 cm) chain. Close the jump ring. Open another 4 mm ring, and pass it through the other end link and an 11/0 added in step 4 of another flower (Figure 10).

 

3. Repeat step 2 to attach the remaining flowers.

 

4. Use a 4 mm jump ring to connect a 1/4-in. (6 mm) piece of chain to an end flower. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach it to a lobster claw clasp and the end of the chain. Repeat this step to add the final chain section at the other end of the bracelet but omit the lobster claw clasp. The 6 mm ring will serve as the catch for the clasp.

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