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Studded bracelet

Stitch cubic right-angle weave tubes to string between two-hole bead studs for an easy-to-wear bracelet

Materials

Cream/gold bracelet 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm)

  • 6 12 mm two-hole bead studs (opaque beige lumi)
  • 4 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 196, 24kt yellow gold-lined opal)
  • 5–6 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 196, 24kt yellow gold-lined opal)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 196, 24kt yellow gold-lined opal)
  • 2 g 13/0 Charlottes (24kt gold plate)
  • 2-strand box clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. and 10 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11

Bronze/green bracelet 

Colors:

  • 12 mm two-hole bead studs (antique bronze)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 196, 24kt yellow gold-lined opal)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 457, gold-lustered green)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 91, 24kt gold plated)
  • 13/0 Charlottes (24kt gold plate)

All supplies for the above bracelets available at My Bead Gallery, www.mybeadgallery.com.

Copper/green bracelet 

Colors:

  • 12 mm two-hole bead studs (copper matte; Eclectica, www.eclecticabeads.com)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457L, metallic light bronze
  • 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 2008, matte/metallic patina iris)
  • 15/0 seed beads, in place of the 13/0 Charlottes (Toho 721, galvanized blue gold)

Green/orchid bangle 21⁄4-in. (5.7 cm) inner diameter

Colors:

  • 7 12 mm two-hole bead studs (opaque green turquoise Picasso; Eclectica, www.eclecticabeads.com)
  • 28 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 274, amethyst-lined crystal AB)
  • 5–6 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 267FM, frost crystal)
  • 2 g 13/0 Charlottes (sage green)
  • elastic cord, 1 mm diameter (clear)
  • Super New Glue

INSTRUCTIONS

Studded bracelet figure 1
Figure 1
Studded bracelet figure 2
Figure 2

CRAW tubes

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of Fireline 6 lb. test, pick up four 11/0 seed beads, and sew through all the beads again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Retrace the thread path of the ring, and then sew through the first three beads to exit opposite the tail. This is the first right-angle weave stitch.

2. Make a flat strip of right-angle weave that’s three stitches long. Form the strip into a ring: Pick up an 11/0, sew through the end 11/0 in the first stitch (FIGURE 1, a–b), pick up an 11/0, and sew through the end 11/0 in the last stitch (b–c). Sew through the four 11/0s on top of the cube, and then do the same on the bottom (FIGURE 2). This completes the first cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) unit.

 
Studded bracelet a
Photo a
Studded bracelet b
Photo b

3. Subsequent CRAW units will be worked off of the four top 11/0s in the previous unit. For clarity, the next unit is worked in a different color bead in the photos. With your thread exiting one of the top 11/0s, work the following stitches:

First stitch: Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the top 11/0 your thread just exited and the first 11/0 just picked up (PHOTO A). 

Second stitch: Pick up two 11/0s, sew through the next top 11/0, the side 11/0 in the previous stitch, and the two 11/0s just picked up (PHOTO B).

Studded bracelet c
Photo c
Studded bracelet d
Photo d

Third stitch: Sew through the next top 11/0, and pick up two 11/0s. Sew through the side 11/0 in the previous stitch, the third top 11/0, and the first 11/0 just picked up (PHOTO C). 

Fourth stitch: Pick up one 11/0, and sew through the side 11/0 in the first stitch, the fourth top 11/0, the side 11/0 in the previous stitch, and the 11/0 just picked up (PHOTO D).

Studded bracelet e
Photo e
Studded bracelet f
Photo f

To complete the unit, sew through the four new top 11/0s (PHOTO E).

4. Work step 3 again to make a tube that is three CRAW units long. 

5. With your thread exiting a top 11/0 in the last unit, pick up a 13/0 Charlotte, and sew through the next top 11/0 (PHOTO F). Repeat this stitch to add a 13/0 between all of the four top 11/0s.

Studded bracelet g
Photo g
Studded bracelet h
Photo h

6. Sew through the next side 11/0 and the top 11/0 in the next CRAW unit. Work as in step 5 (PHOTO G). Repeat this step twice so that you have 13/0s at each corner of the three CRAW units that make up the tube (PHOTO H). End the working thread and tail.

7. Make a total of 14 tubes. 

Assembly

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline 10 lb. test, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. 

2. Pick up a repeating pattern of a CRAW tube and a 12 mm bead stud six times, and then pick up a tube, an 8/0 seed bead, three 15/0 seed beads, a loop of half of the clasp, and three 15/0s. Sew back through the 8/0, and snug up the beads, but not too tight. Retrace the thread path through the tubes and studs. 

3. When you exit the first tube, pick up an 8/0, three 15/0s, the corresponding loop of the other half of the clasp, and three 15/0s. Sew back through the 8/0. 

4. Remove the stop bead from the tail, and tie the threads together with a square knot. End the threads.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 by stringing the remaining tubes, going through the available holes of the studs, and attaching the available loops of the clasp.

Tip!
EDITOR'S NOTE: For this fabulous stretchy stud bangle, I used sturdy elastic — like Elastoma by BeadSmith — and strung 8/0 seed beads between the CRAW tubes and the bead studs. Instead of a clasp, I strung another bead stud, tied overhand knots, and dotted the knots with Super New Glue.
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Bead&Button Show
Learn from the author of this project, Dana Rudolph, by taking a class at the Bead&Button Show in June. Try making this beautiful Quatrefoil Necklace (right) or Gladiator Cuff (below).
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