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Beaded metal components

Add bits of beadwork to metal components for a lively linked bracelet

Materials

Copper bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 1 19 x 28 mm square link with two loops (copper)*
  • 1 11 x 13 mm channel bead (copper)*
  • 1 11 x 6 mm channel bead (copper)*
  • 2 10 mm sea hive bead caps (copper)*
  • 2 9 mm urchin bead caps (copper)*
  • 3 8 x 12 mm lampworked beads
  • 18 6 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, light gold)
  • 6 5 mm freshwater pearls (brown)
  • 1 4 x 6 mm pressed glass bellflower bead (topaz)
  • 6 3 x 4 mm faceted glass rondelles (topaz AB)
  • 10 6/0 seed beads (Toho 2034, silver-lined topaz AB)
    • 1 g 10/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DBM0907, light bronze-lined crystal)
    • 2 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki 0254, bronze luster)
  • 6 11/0 seed beads (Toho 459, gold luster topaz)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors
    • A(Toho 989, bronze-lined crystal)
    • B (Toho 459, gold luster topaz)
  • 1 2-in. (5 cm) eye pin (copper)
  • 2 9 mm 16-gauge textured jump rings (copper)*
  • 2 6 mm 16-gauge textured jump rings (copper)*
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • Lacy’s Stiff Stuff beading foundation
  • E6000 adhesive

Turquoise/fuchsia bracelet colors:

  • metal components (same as on p. 41 but in silver)*
  • 8 x 12 mm lampworked beads (Czech, fuchsia; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 6 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, jade)
  • 5 mm freshwater pearls (dark blue)
  • 6 mm crystal margarita, in place of 4 x 6 mm bellflower (Swarovski, Bermuda)
  • 3 x 4 mm faceted glass rondelles (Czech, turquoise)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Japanese 356C, blue lavender- lined AB)
  • 10/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DBM0056, transparent rainbow light magenta)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0026, metallic dark steel)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 81, metallic hematite)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 352, fuchsia-lined aqua luster)
    • color B (Miyuki 456, gunmetal iris)

* For a list of retailers that carry the Nunn Design products shown here, visit www.nunndesign.com.

INSTRUCTIONS
Beaded metal components Photo a
Photo A
Beaded metal components Photo b
Photo B
Beaded metal components Photo c
Photo C

Components

Peyote stitch channel bead

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up two 11/0 cylinder beads, two 10/0 cylinder beads, and two 11/0 cylinders. 

2. Work in flat even-count peyote stitch as follows: Pick up an 11/0 cylinder, skip the last 11/0 picked up in the previous step, and sew through the following 11/0. Pick up a 10/0, skip the next 10/0, and sew through the following 10/0. Pick up an 11/0, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0. Continue working rows of peyote with an 11/0, a 10/0, and an 11/0 until you have a total of 30 rows (PHOTO A). 

3. Remove the stop bead. Wrap the strip around the 11 x 13 mm channel bead, and zip up the end rows (PHOTO B). End the working thread and tail.

Ladder stitch channel bead

On 18 in. (46 cm) of Fireline and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, make a ladder using nine or 10 6/0 seed beads. Wrap the ladder around the 11 x 6 mm channel bead, form the ladder into a ring, and end the working thread and tail (PHOTO C).

Netted pearl component

1. On 2 ft. (61 cm) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of a 6 mm pearl and a color B 15/0 seed bead five times. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through the first two beads to exit a B.

Beaded metal components Photo d
Photo D
Beaded metal components Photo e
Photo E
2. Pick up nine Bs, and sew through the next B in the ring (PHOTO D). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first five Bs added in this round (PHOTO E).
Beaded metal components Photo f
Photo F
Beaded metal components Photo g
Photo G
Beaded metal components Photo h
Photo H

3. Pick up a 6 mm pearl, and sew through the middle (fifth) B in the loop around the next pearl (PHOTO F). Repeat this stitch to complete the round. Retrace the thread path through the beaded bead, and end the working thread and tail (PHOTO G).

4. On an eye pin, string an 8 x 12 mm lampworked bead, a sea hive bead cap (wide end first), the netted pearl beaded bead, a sea hive bead cap (narrow end first), and a lampworked bead, and make a plain loop

5. Open a 6 mm jump ring, attach a plain loop, and close the jump ring. Repeat with another 6 mm jump ring at the other end (PHOTO H).

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

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