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Flower slides

Use striped seed beads to whip up these versatile components, and then slide them along a ribbon for a bracelet, or dangle them from earrings.
Flower slides key

SUPPLIES

Both projects

  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #10–#12

Ribbon bracelet with 5 components

  • Preciosa traditional Czech beads (www.kandrasbeads.com)
    • 30 6/0 seed beads (brown striped AB)
    • 30 10/0 seed beads (brown striped AB)
    • 5 g 8/0 seed beads (copper metallic silk)
  • 2 ft. (61 cm) ribbon, 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) wide

Pair of earrings

  • Preciosa traditional Czech beads (same colors as the bracelet)
    • 12 6/0 seed beads 
    • 12 10/0 seed beads
    • 2 g 8/0 seed beads
  • 2 4 mm inside-diameter (ID) jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Flower slides 1
Figure 1

Bracelet

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a 6/0 seed bead and a 10/0 seed bead until you have a total of 12 beads. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, and sew through all the beads again, exiting the first 6/0 (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Work in rounds of netting as follows:

Round 1: Pick up three 8/0 seed beads, and sew through the next 6/0 in the ring (b–c). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first two 8/0s added in this round (c–d).

Flower slides 2
Figure 2
Round 2: Pick up three 8/0s, and sew through the center 8/0 in the next stitch of round 1. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and exit the same 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this round (FIGURE 2). Pull the thread snug so the beadwork cups slightly. The concave side should face away from you.
Flower slides 3
Figure 3
Round 3: Pick up five 8/0s, and sew through the center 8/0 in the next stitch of round 1 (figure 3, a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round (b–c). The stitches will sit on top of the round 2 stitches.
Flower slides 4
Figure 4

Round 4: Sew through the first two 8/0s in the first stitch of round 3. Skip the center 8/0, sew through the following two 8/0s, and continue through the next center 8/0 in round 1 (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pull the thread snug so the skipped bead pops out to form a point. Repeat this stitch to complete the round (b–c), and end the working thread and tail.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of five flower components.

4. Cut 24 in. (61 cm) of ribbon, and thread it through two opposite loops on the underside of each component. You may find it helpful to pull the ribbon through the loops with the aid of a needle, pin, or chainnose pliers.

Earrings

Work as in steps 1 and 2 to make two flower components. Open a jump ring, and thread it through the center 8/0 at one point of a component. Add an earring finding to the jump ring, and close the jump ring. Repeat to assemble the other earring.

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