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Stitched antique bracelet

Work up this right-angle weave bracelet quickly with English-cut antique-style beads

Stitched antique bracelet

Make a quick and easy modern-style bracelet with the bright colors of English-cut antique beads – also known as rough-cut beads – and seed beads. Finish the look with a pretty clasp.

 

Materials

Stitched antique bracelet beads

Teal blue bracelet,  8 in. (20 cm)

  • 32 10 mm English-cut antique-style beads (teal blue)
  • 4 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho PF558, galvanized aluminum)
  • clasp
  • 2 8 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 14 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

Red bracelet colors:

Fuchsia bracelet colors:

Stitched antique bracelet Figure 1
Figure 1

Instructions


1.
On 7 ft. (2.1 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of two 8/0 seed beads and a 10 mm English-cut bead four times. Sew through the beads again to form a ring, pulling tight and leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Continue through the first 8/0 added.

 

2. Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the next 8/0, 10 mm, and 8/0, keeping a tight tension. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 8/0 added in this round (Figure 1).

Stitched antique bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2

3. Pick up an 8/0, a 10 mm, two 8/0s, a 10 mm, two 8/0s, a 10 mm, two 8/0s, a 10 mm, and an 8/0, and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Sew through all the beads again, keeping a tight tension, and continue through the first three beads added in this step (Figure 2).

 

4. Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the next 8/0, 10 mm, and 8/0, keeping a tight tension. Repeat this stitch twice, and then continue through the beads as shown to exit the second 80 added in this step (Figure 3).

Stitched antique bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the desired length bracelet, leaving approximately 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) for the clasp. End the working thread and tail.

 

6. Open an 8 mm jump ring, attach half of the clasp, and slide the jump ring around the three 8/0s at one end of the bracelet. Close the jump ring. Repeat for the other end of the bracelet.

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