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O-bead bracelet

This sparkly stunner drips with crystals offset by O-beads
Obead bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Blue bracelet 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4 cm)

  • 22 6 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, capri blue)
  • 42 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light emerald)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals 
    • 20 color A (Swarovski, crystal CAL) 
    • 18 color B (Swarovski, metallic  blue 2X) 
  • 124 O-beads (crystal full labrador)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 2008, matte metallic patina iris)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 558, galvanized aluminum) 
  • clasp
  • Fireline 8 lb. test 
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
Pink bracelet colors
  • 6 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, fuchsia)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Indian pink)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals 
    • color A (Swarovski, light rose AB)
    • color B (Swarovski, light smoked  topaz)
  • O-beads (crystal blue rainbow) 
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho PF558, galvanized aluminum)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 332, gold lustered raspberry) 

INSTRUCTIONS

Obead bracelet Figure 1
Figure 1

Base

1. Thread a needle on each end of 7 ft. (2.1 m) of thread. With one needle, pick up an O-bead, a 4 mm bicone crystal, an O-bead, a 6 mm bicone crystal, an O-bead, a 4 mm, and an O-bead, and center the beads on the thread (FIGURE 1, a and aa).

2. With one needle, pick up a 6 mm, and cross the other needle through it (a–b and aa–bb). 

3. With each needle, pick up an O-bead, a 4 mm, and an O-bead. With one needle, pick up a 6 mm, and cross the other needle through it (b–c and bb–cc). 

4. Repeat step 3 for the desired length, leaving about 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) for the clasp. Wrap the thread exiting the right side of the end 6 mm on a thread bobbin or piece of cardboard.

5. With the other working thread, pick up four 11/0 seed beads and half of the clasp. Sew back through the last 11/0, pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the 6 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, going in the same direction (FIGURE 2). Retrace the thread path through the clasp connection.
Obead bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2
Obead bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
Obead bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4

Edge embellishment

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit an edge 4 mm. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0, an O-bead, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the next 4 mm on the same edge (FIGURE 3). Repeat this stitch for the length of the base, and continue through the end 6 mm.

2. Work as in step 5 of “Base” to add the other half of the clasp.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the next 4 mm on the other edge. Repeat step 1 for this edge of the bracelet (FIGURE 4). End this thread.

Obead bracelet Figure 5
Figure 5
Obead bracelet Figure 6
Figure 6

4. Unwind the other thread, and sew through the next ten edge beads (FIGURE 5 a–b).

5. Pick up a 15/0, a color A 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0, and sew through the 11/0 after the previous O-bead (b–c) to form a loop. Continue through the next 10 edge beads (c–d). 

6. Repeat step 5 for the remainder of the edge, alternating color A and color B 3 mms. After adding the final embellishment on this edge, sew through the next 20 beads as shown to exit the other edge (FIGURE 6).  

7. Repeat step 5 for this edge, and end the thread. Begin with the same color 3 mm bicone that was used last on the previous edge.

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