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Prancing reindeer bracelet

Deck yourself with Rudolph and friends in this cute Christmas project using three-drop peyote stitch
Prancing reindeer bracelet key

This bracelet is worked in three-drop peyote stitch, a technique based on two-drop peyote stitch. If needed, refer to our How-Tos to brush up on two-drop peyote before beginning this project.

SUPPLIES 

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 1 12 mm crystal rivoli button (Swarovski #3015, crystal)
  • 62 3 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, red)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads 12 g silver (DB0035, galvanized silver)
  • 4 g brown (DB0022, metallic bronze)
  • 1 red (DB0602, silver-lined red)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Prancing reindeer bracelet pattern
Pattern

Bracelet band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Starting at the lower-right corner of the pattern, pick up 24 11/0 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2. 

2. Following the pattern, work in three-drop peyote stitch using cylinders. End and add thread as needed while you stitch, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the pattern.

Edging

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to the band, and exit an end edge bead. 

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 3 mm fire-polished bead, and a 15/0. Skip the next two edge cylinders, and sew down through the following edge cylinder. Sew through the beadwork to exit the same edge cylinder with your needle pointing away from the beadwork. Repeat this step for the length of the band.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit an end bead along the other edge, and repeat step 2 to embellish this edge. End the thread.

Clasp 

1. Add 10 in. (25 cm) of thread to one end of the band, and exit between the two center stitches in the very last row.

2. Pick up about 16 15/0s and a 12 mm crystal button, and sew back into the beadwork in the same spot. Retrace the thread path through the button several times, and end the thread.

3. Add 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread at the other end of the band, and exit one-third of the way across the end row. Pick up 21 cylinder beads, skip six center beads in the end row, and sew through the next bead to form a loop.

4. Turn, and work in regular peyote stitch back across the loop, picking up one cylinder per stitch. Sew into the band, and then sew through the beadwork to exit the last cylinder added with your needle pointing away from the band and toward the loop.

5. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next up-bead in the peyote loop. Repeat this stitch around the loop, and end the thread in the band.

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