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Festive fringe bracelet

Adorn your arm with royal flair as these curved links of chain lay the foundation for a tiara-like bracelet
Festive fringe bracelet key

Throw a party for your wrist, starting with bicone crystals that play against the smooth finish of curvy chain. Pearl fringes and a seed bead edging add to the fun without being over-the-top. Then make a pair of earrings to match!

SUPPLIES

Blue bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 17 12 mm links of curved-bar chain (gunmetal)
  • 52 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, denim)
  • 54 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, powder almond)
  • 1–2 g 11/0 seed beads (11-378D, bronze-lined crystal)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 451, hematite metallic/gunmetal)
  • magnetic clasp
  • 2 4 mm jump rings, 21-gauge
  • Fireline 6 lb. or 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • bobbin or piece of cardboard
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • wire cutters

Orange bracelet colors:

  • 12 mm links of curved-bar chain (brass)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Indian red)
  • 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, maroon)
  • 11/0 seed beads (11-378D, bronze-lined crystal)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457L, metallic light brass)

Green bracelet colors:

  • 12 mm links of curved-bar chain (gunmetal)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, emerald)
  • 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, light gold)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 577, dyed butter cream silver-lined alabaster)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 193, 24kt gold light plated)

Blue earrings 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm)

  • 4 12 mm links of curved-bar chain (gunmetal)
  • 22 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, denim)
  • 16 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, powder almond)
  • 24 11/0 seed beads (11-378D, bronze-lined crystal)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 451, hematite metallic/gunmetal)
  • 2 3 mm bead caps
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) chain, 1–2 mm links (gunmetal)
  • 2 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins
  • 6 4 mm jump rings, 21-gauge
  • pair of earring findings
  • Fireline 6 lb. or 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

All supplies for the blue and orange jewelry, including the curved-bar chain, available from Bead Haven Las Vegas.

Designer’s notes: One foot (30 cm) of curved bar-link chain will give you 22 links — just enough to make a bracelet and earrings.

INSTRUCTIONS
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Figure 1
Bracelet

Crystal-and-chain base

1. Cut the oval links in the chain to separate 17 12 mm curved-bar links.

2. Attach a stop bead at the center of 4 yd. (3.7 m) of thread. If desired, wind half of the thread around a bobbin or piece of cardboard to keep it out of the way.

3. With the other end of the thread, sew through one hole of a link with your needle exiting the concave side of the link. Pick up three 4 mm bicone crystals, and sew through one hole of a new link with your needle exiting the concave side. Pick up a 4 mm, and sew through the other hole of the previous link with your needle exiting the convex side (FIGURE 1, a–b).

4. Pick up two 4 mms, and sew through one hole of a new link with your needle exiting the concave side. Pick up a 4 mm, and sew through the other hole of the previous link with your needle exiting the convex side (b–c).

5. Repeat step 4 until you’ve picked up all the links (c–d). To complete the last stitch, pick up three 4 mms, and sew through the other hole of the last link (d–e).

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Figure 2
11/0 embellishments

1. Work in modified brick stitch: Pick up two 11/0 seed beads, sew under the last link, and sew back through the second 11/0 picked up in this step. Sew through both 11/0s again to align them, and exit the second 11/0 with your needle pointing away from the link (FIGURE 2, a–b).

2. Pick up an 11/0, sew under the link, and sew back through the 11/0 just picked up. Repeat this stitch until you have a total of five 11/0s on the link (b–c).

3. Pick up an 11/0, sew through the previous 11/0, and continue through the 11/0 picked up in this step, the link, the following 4 mm, and the next link (c–d).

4. Repeat steps 1–3 until you’ve embellished all the links. Sew through a few crystals, and end this thread.

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Figure 3
Pearl fringes

1. Remove the stop bead. With the remaining thread, sew through the end 11/0 (FIGURE 3, point a). 

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 3 mm pearl, and a 15/0. Sew back through the 3 mm and the first 15/0, and sew under the thread bridge between the first two 11/0s on this link (a–b). 

3. Pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Sew back through the 3 mm and the first 15/0, and sew under the thread bridge between the next two 11/0s (b–c). 

4. Repeat step 3 until you have a total of five pearl fringes (c–d). 

5. Pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Sew back through the 3 mm and the first 15/0, and continue through the next 11/0, link, 4 mm, link, and 11/0 (d–e).

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Figure 3
15/0 edging

1. Pick up three 15/0s, sew under the thread bridge between the first two 11/0s on this link, and sew back through the third 11/0 picked up in this step (e–f).

2. Pick up two 15/0s, sew under the thread bridge between the next two 11/0s, and sew back through the second 11/0 picked up in this step (f–g). 

3. Repeat step 2 until you have a total of five 15/0 edging stitches (g–h).

4. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the next 11/0, link, 4 mm, link, and 11/0 (h–i).

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Figure 3
Finishing

Alternate working “Pearl fringes” and “15/0 edging” for the entire base. End the thread. Use 4 mm jump rings to attach half of a clasp to the end hole of the first and last links.

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Figure 4
Earrings

Crystal-and-chain base

1. Cut the oval links in the chain to separate two 12 mm curved-bar links. 

2. Thread a needle on each end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and center a 4 mm bicone crystal. With each needle, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, one hole of a link with your needle exiting the concave side, and a 4 mm (FIGURE 4, a–b and aa–bb).

3. With one needle, pick up a 4 mm. With the other needle, sew through the same 4 mm (b–c and bb–cc).

4. With each needle, pick up two 4 mms, and sew through the other hole of the appropriate link with the needle exiting the convex side (c–d and cc–dd).

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Figure 5
11/0 embellishments

With each needle, work the following steps to embellish both links (FIGURE 5):

1. Work as in steps 1 and 2 of “Bracelet: 11/0 embellishments.”

2. Pick up an 11/0, sew through the previous 11/0, and continue through the 11/0 just picked up and the link. Skip the next 15/0, and sew through the 4 mm between the links. When you complete this embellishment, both needles should be exiting opposite ends of the 4 mm.

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Figure 6
Bottom embellishment

1. With one needle, go through the next 15/0. Pick up a 3 mm pearl and four 15/0s, and sew through the first 15/0 picked up to form a picot. Pick up a 3 mm, and sew through the next 15/0 and the 4 mm between the links (FIGURE 6).

2. With the other needle, retrace the thread path through the picot added in step 1 so that both needles are exiting opposite ends of the 4 mm between the links.

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Figure 7
Pearl fringes and 15/0 edging

With each needle, work the following steps to embellish both links (FIGURE 7):

1. Sew through the nearest link with your needle exiting the convex side. Continue through the next 11/0.

2. Work as in steps 2 and 3 of “Bracelet: Pearl fringes,” and then add a third pearl fringe (a–b and aa–bb).

3. Work as in steps 1 and 2 of “Bracelet: 15/0 edging,” but note that you are sewing under the thread bridge between the next two 11/0s on the link rather than the first two. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 and link (b–c and bb–cc).

4. With each needle, sew through the next two 4 mms. With one needle, pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next two 4 mms. With the other needle, sew through the new 11/0 and the next two 4 mms (c–d and cc–dd).

5. With each needle, sew through the beadwork to exit the bottom 15/0 in the picot made in “Bottom embellishment.” With each needle, pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 at the tip of the first pearl fringe on each side (e–f and ee–ff). End the threads.

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Figure 7
Pearl fringes and 15/0 edging

Finishing

1. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of chain. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach an end link of the chain to the beadwork where a top 4 mm touches a link. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and in the same manner attach the other end link of the chain to the other side of the beadwork.

2. To make an optional dangle, as in the blue earrings: On a head pin, string a 3 mm pearl, a bead cap, a 4 mm, and an 11/0. Make a plain loop. Cut a 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) piece of chain. Open the plain loop, and attach an end link of this chain. 

3. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach the center link of the 2-in. (5 cm) chain, the optional dangle, and the loop of an earring finding.

4. Make a second earring.

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About the author

Cary Bruner concentrates on bead weaving because that is what her students prefer, but is proficient in wire wrapping, chain maille, and tries just about everything new in the beading community. Cary will be teaching four classes this year at the 2017 Bead&Button Show.

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