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Mandala bracelet

Mandala bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 in. 

  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 4 colors
    • color A (Toho 461, metallic purple)
    • color B (Toho 44, opaque lime) 
    • color C (Miyuki 4468, Duracoat opaque pansy)
    • color D (Miyuki 4483, Duracoat opaque azure)
  • 1 g 11/0 Delica cylinder beads in each of 2 colors
    • color E (Miyuki 1782, white-lined teal AB) 
    • color F (Miyuki 2123, Duracoat opaque fennel)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 264, teal-lined crystal rainbow)
  • 1 2-strand magnetic clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1

Small star

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of one color A 15//0 seed bead and one color B 15//0 seed bead six times. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first two beads to exit a B.

2. Work in rounds as follows (refer to FIGURE 1):

Round 1: Three Bs per stitch (a–b).

Round 2: Pick up one E 11//0 cylinder bead, one C 15//0 seed bead, and one E, and sew through the next center B in the previous round (b–c). Repeat this stitch five times, and step up through the first E in this round (c–d).

Round 3: Pick up three Cs, and sew through the next E (d–e). Pick up one color F 11//0 cylinder bead, and sew through the following E (e–f). Repeat these two stitches five times, tie a half–hitch knot, and sew through the first two Cs in this round (f–g). 

3. Attach a needle to the tail, and add an 11//0 seed bead in the center. End the tail.

4.
Make a total of six Small stars.

Large star

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up an alternating pattern of one A and one color D 15//0 seed bead six times. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first two beads to exit a D.

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Figure 2
mandala pattern
Blank Mandala Patterns Coloring Page

2. Work as in rounds 1–3 of “Small star” with the following beads (refer to FIGURE 2):

Round 1: Three Ds per stitch (a–b).

Round 2: One F, one C, and one F per stitch (b–c).

Round 3: Pick up three Bs, and sew through the next F (c–d). Pick up one color E, and sew through the next F (d–e). Repeat these two stitches five times, and step up through the first two Bs added in this round (e–f).

3. Continue working in rounds: 

Round 4: Pick up two Es, skip a B and an F, and sew through the next E (f–g). Pick up two Es, and sew through the next point B (g–h). Repeat these two stitches five times (h–i). Sew through the next five beads to exit the E adjacent to the next point B (i–j). 

Round 5: Pick up three As, skip the next B, and sew through the following five Es (j–k). Repeat this stitch five times, tie a few half–hitch knots, and then sew through the beadwork to exit a center A added in this round (k–l).

4. Attach a needle to the tail, and add an 11//0 seed bead in the center. End the tail.

5. Make a total of five Large stars.

Assembly

1. Place a Small start next to a Large star so two points of each are touching. With the thread exiting a tip C of the Small star, sew through the adjacent A, five E, and A of the Large star. Continue through the corresponding two Cs, E, F, E, and two Cs of the Small star to complete the join. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

2. Continue connecting the Large and Small stars together in an alternating pattern. You should end up with a Small star at each end.

3. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread in an end Small star, and exit a tip C opposite the existing join. Pick up six Cs and one loop of the clasp, and sew through the tip C again. Retrace the thread path a few times, and then sew through the beadwork to exit the adjacent tip C that is aligned with the other clasp loop. Repeat to connect the second loop to the Small star. End the thread.

4. Repeat step 3 at the other end of the bracelet.

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