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Spiky flower bracelet

Angled beads nestle together to make floral shapes
Spiky flower bracelet a
Photo a

Combine two-hole Tila beads with elongated magatamas and drop beads to make this fun geometric-yet-organic design. This bracelet goes together quickly so you can wear it right away.

Before beginning this project, familiarize yourself with the elongated magatamas. The hole through each magatama is on an angle. On one side, the hole is near the center of the bead (PHOTO A, LEFT). In this project, we’ll refer to this side as the high side. On the other side, the hole is closer to the end of the bead (PHOTO A, RIGHT). In this project, we’ll refer to this as the low side. If you wish, separate the magatamas into two piles; turn all the magatamas in one pile so the high side is facing up, and turn all the magatamas in the other pile so the low side is facing up.

Spiky flower bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Purple bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) 

  • 28 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 455, multi iris matte)
  • 72 elongated magatamas (Miyuki 1884, blue crystal with violet luster)
  • 22 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 181, galvanized silver)
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

Green bracelet colors:

  • 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 458, metallic green gold)
  • elongated magatamas (Miyuki 459, metallic olive)
  • 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 27, apricot-lined chartreuse)

Bronze/black/pink bracelet colors:

  • 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 401, opaque black)
  • elongated magatamas (Miyuki 457, metallic dark bronze)
  • 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 3, pink-lined smoky amethyst)

Matte green/purple bracelet colors (shown in how-to photos):

  • 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 401FR, matte black AB)
  • elongated magatamas (Miyuki 2008, matte metallic patina iris)
  • 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 454, purple iris)

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail.

2. Pick up a repeating pattern of a 5 mm Tila bead, a high-side magatama, and a low-side magatama (FIGURE 1) until you reach the desired length. Allow for about 10 percent shrinkage, and make sure you use an even number of Tilas.

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Figure 2

3. Pick up a Tila, and then sew through the other hole of the same Tila. Sew through both holes again (FIGURE 2) to lock the thread in place.

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Figure 3
4. Pick up a high-side magatama, a low-side magatama, a Tila, a high-side magatama, and a low-side magatama. Skip five beads on the previous strand, and sew through the remaining hole of the next Tila (FIGURE 3). Repeat this step to the end of the strand. 
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Figure 4

5. Remove the stop bead, and, making sure both sides are snug, tie the working thread and tail with a square knot. Sew through the first hole of the first Tila, the next two magatamas, and the following Tila (FIGURE 4, a–b).  

6. Pick up a 3.4 mm drop bead, and sew through the opposite Tila, going through the same hole you sewed through before (b–c). Pick up a drop, sew through the opposite Tila and the first drop added in this step (c–d), and pull tight. This will cause the Tilas adjacent to the drops to angle upward like wings. Sew through the next six beads on this side of the bracelet (d–e). Repeat this step to the end of the band.

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Photo b
7. Pick up a drop bead, half of the clasp, and a drop bead, and sew through the other hole of the end Tila (PHOTO B). Retrace the thread path through the clasp connection several times, and end the thread. Repeat this step with the tail at the other end of the bracelet.

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