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Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet

Brightly colored bezels make mirror components splash with summer fun

Catch someone’s eye when you wear this colorful set made with mirrors and vibrant seed beads.

SUPPLIES

Both projects

  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 and #13
Bracelet 81⁄4 in. (21 cm)
  • craft mirrors
  • 1-in. (25 mm) diameter
  • 6 3⁄4-in. (19 mm) diameter
  • 3 g 3–4 mm fringe drops
  • 4 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
  • 3 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
Necklace 24 in. (61 cm)
  • craft mirrors
  • 5 1-in. (25 mm) diameter
  • 8 3⁄4-in. (19 mm) diameter
  • 12 1⁄2-in. (13 mm) diameter
  • 4 g 3–4 mm fringe drops
  • 8 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
  • 6 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors: A, B, C

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet a
Photo a
Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet b
Photo b

1. On 11⁄2–2 yd. (1.4–1.8 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead in the center of the thread. Pick up enough color A, B, or C 11/0 seed beads to wrap loosely around the outside edge of a mirror, making sure to pick up an even number of beads. Sew through the first 11/0 to form a ring (photo a).

2. Working in tubular peyote stitch, work a total of four rounds using 11/0s (photo b).

Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet c
Photo c
Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet d
Photo d

3. Work two rounds of tubular peyote stitch using color A, B, or C 15/0 seed beads, pulling the thread tight as you stitch so the beads begin to form a flat surface (photo c).

4. Work one or two more rounds of tubular peyote. If your beads are too snug to flatten, work evenly spaced peyote decreases in the third or fourth round (photo d).

5. Place the mirror in the bezel cup. Using the tail, repeat steps 3 and 4.

Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet e
Photo e
Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet f
Photo f

6. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second round of 11/0s, pick up a contrasting color 11/0 seed bead or a 3–4 mm fringe drop, and sew through the next 11/0 in the round. Repeat around (photo e). Do not end the threads.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to bezel all of the mirrors, changing the bead colors and edging as desired. To add a picot edge, pick up three 15/0s instead of a drop or 11/0 in step 6.

Toggle clasp

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, pick up 38 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 again to form a ring. Working in tubular peyote stitch, work a round with 15/0s and a round with 11/0s (photo f).

2. Work two rounds with 15/0s, and zip up the edges to form a tubular ring. End the threads.

3. On 28 in. (71 cm) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 16 15/0s, and work in flat even-count peyote stitch until you have 10 rows, with five beads along each side of the strip. Zip up the edges, and exit one end of the tube. Pick up a fringe drop, and sew through the tube to exit the other end. Pick up a drop, and sew back through the tube. Reinforce the thread path through the drops, and end the thread.

Assembly

1. Arrange your mirror components on your work surface in the desired order. You’ll start with the center component and work your way to the ends as you connect the pieces.

Peyote bezeled mirror bracelet g
Photo g

2. Using the tail on a component, exit an 11/0 in one of the two center edge rounds, and sew through an 11/0 in the corresponding round on an adjacent component and the 11/0 your thread just exited (photo g). Sew through both beads again. End the thread.

3. Repeat step 2 to connect the remaining components, taking care to attach them in a straight line.

4. To attach the clasp, exit an 11/0 in the embellishment round of an end component, and pick up six 15/0s. Sew through an 11/0 on the toggle ring, and sew back through the last three 15/0s. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the embellishment 11/0 on the bezel again. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

5. Repeat step 4 on the other end of the bracelet, but sew through a 15/0 in the center of the toggle bar. End all remaining threads.

NECKLACE

Make a necklace to match your bracelet.
Peyote bezeled mirror necklace

1. Follow the instructions in “Bracelet: Bezeled mirror components” and “Bracelet: Toggle clasp” to make your necklace components.

2. Arrange the components on your work surface. To give the necklace a V shape in front, you’ll want to connect the components in the center at an angle, rather than in a straight line. Follow the instructions in “Bracelet: Assembly” to finish the necklace.

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