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Hot dots cuff

Get your bling on by stacking two different kinds of sequins to make sparkling dots of color

SUPPLIES

Cuff 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) wide

  • 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) metal cuff blank (designersfindings.net)
  • 20–22 mm donut bead (Angi Graham, hicoartist@gmail.com)
  • 35–40 5 mm metal or plastic sequins (gailcrosmanmoore.com)
  • 35–40 4 mm crystal sequins (Swarovski, glacier blue 2X; beyondbeadery.com)
  • 10–15 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, jet AB 2X)
  • 6–8 8/0 seed beads (matte metallic blue/purple)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads 
    • 1 g color A (purple)
    • 1 g color B (black)
  • 5 g 15/0 seed beads (metallic purple)
  • nylon beading thread, size B or D
  • beading needles, #13
  • beading foundation, such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • Ultrasuede
  • cloth tape measure
  • E6000 adhesive
  • white tacky adhesive
  • rubber band

INSTRUCTIONS

Hot dots cuff Photo A
Photo A
Hot dots cuff Photo B
Photo B
Hot dots cuff Photo C
Photo C
Hot dots cuff Photo D
Photo D
Hot dots cuff Photo E
Photo E
Hot dots cuff Photo F
Photo F
Hot dots cuff Photo G
Photo G
Hot dots cuff Photo H
Photo H

Donut component

1. Using E6000 adhesive, glue the 20–22 mm donut bead to the center of a 3 x 3-in. (7.6 x 7.6 cm) square of beading foundation, making sure no glue shows through the center of the donut. Let the glue dry completely (PHOTO A).

2. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and sew through the beading foundation from back to front, exiting next to the donut. 

3. Work in beaded backstitch (PHOTO B) around the donut using color A 11/0 cylinder beads to create the base round of the bezel. End with an even number of beads. 

4. Exiting an A in the base round, work two rounds of tubular peyote stitch (Basics) using As, and step up through the first A added in each round. If needed to accommodate the height of your donut, work an additional round with As.

5. Work a round with 15/0 seed beads (PHOTO C), pulling the thread to snug the beadwork around the donut. Sew through the beadwork to exit an A in the base round of the bezel. 

6. Sew down through the foundation and back up through the center hole in the donut. Pick up a 5 mm sequin, a 4 mm crystal sequin, and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the sequins, the donut, and the foundation. Retrace the thread path to secure, and end the thread by tying a knot on the back of the foundation.

7. Trim the beading foundation close to the beadwork, making sure you don’t cut any of the threads.

8. Cut a piece of Ultrasuede to the size of the beading foundation. Using E6000 adhesive, glue the Ultrasuede to the foundation, and let it dry.

9. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread. Sew between the foundation and Ultrasuede at the edge of the donut, and exit the front of the foundation, hiding the knot between the two layers.

10. Make a simple beaded edge: Pick up two 15/0s, sew down through the foundation and Ultrasuede (PHOTO D), and sew back up through the foundation, the Ultrasuede, and the last 15/0 just picked up. For subsequent stitches, pick up one 15/0, sew down through the foundation and Ultrasuede, and sew back up through the foundation, Ultrasuede, and 15/0 just picked up (PHOTO E). Repeat this stitch about 3⁄4 of the way around the donut component. Work six to eight stitches with 8/0 seed beads, and then complete the round using color B 11/0 cylinder beads. After adding the last B, sew down through the first 15/0 picked up in the first stitch, the foundation, and the Ultrasuede, and then sew back up through the Ultrasuede, foundation, and first 15/0. 

11. To add fringe: Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through the 4 mm bicone. Pick up a 15/0, and sew down through the 15/0 adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step. Sew up through the next 15/0, and repeat this step for the remaining 15/0s and the first 8/0 along the edge. 

12. With the thread exiting an edge 8/0, pick up a 5 mm sequin, a 4 mm crystal sequin, and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the sequins and the adjacent edge 8/0. Sew up through the next edge 8/0, and repeat this stitch for the remaining edge 8/0s (PHOTO F), leaving the Bs unembellished. End the thread in the beadwork.

Cuff

1. With a cloth tape measure, measure the length and width of the inner and outer surfaces of the metal cuff blank. The outer surface will be larger than the inside. On a piece of paper, draw the measurements, allowing an extra 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) on all sides, and cut out the shapes. Trace them onto Ultrasuede, and cut them out. 

2. Using white tacky adhesive, glue the inner piece of Ultrasuede to the inside of the metal cuff (PHOTO G), making sure the glue does not seep past the edges, and let dry. 

3. Temporarily center the donut component on the outer piece of Ultrasuede. Make small marks around the donut component to denote this position for attaching it later. 

4. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 11⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of doubled thread, and sew through the Ultrasuede from back to front on either side of the position marks for the donut component. Pick up a 5 mm sequin, a 4 mm crystal sequin, and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the sequins and the Ultrasuede. Randomly repeat this stitch across the top piece of Ultrasuede, adding fringe as desired and leaving at least a 1⁄8-in. (3 mm) margin around the edges. Make sure you do not add any fringe within the area where the donut component will be attached. End the thread by tying a knot on the back of the Ultrasuede. 

5. Using white tacky adhesive, glue the outer piece of Ultrasuede to the metal cuff, and let dry.

6. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Sew between the layers of Ultrasuede at the edge of the cuff, and exit the front of the outer Ultrasuede, hiding the knot between the layers. 

7. Using 15/0s, work a picot edging: Pick up three 15/0s, sew down through both layers of Ultrasuede, and sew back up through both layers and the last 15/0 just picked up. For subsequent stitches, pick up two 15/0s, sew down through both layers of Ultrasuede, and sew back up through both layers and the second 15/0 just picked up (PHOTO H). Repeat this stitch around the perimeter of the metal cuff. For the last stitch, pick up one 15/0, sew down through the first 15/0 picked up in the first stitch and both layers of Ultrasuede, and then sew back up through both layers and the first 15/0.

8. Squeeze a small amount of E6000 adhesive in the center of the top of the cuff where you marked the placement of the donut component. Press the donut component in place, and hold it in position with a rubber band until thoroughly dried.

9. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, and sew through the top layer of Ultrasuede close enough to the donut component to hide the knot. With small stitches, sew the Ultrasuede on the top surface of the cuff to the Ultrasuede on the back surface of the donut component. End the thread in the beadwork.

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