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Octagon allure bangle

Create this unique eight-sided bangle, and highlight it with eye-catching crystals
Octagon allure key

Use modified right-angle weave to construct the sides of this bangle and connect them along their inside edges. Then get ready for a pop of color! Choose bright bicones or a more monochromatic hue to finish.

SUPPLIES

pink bracelet 3-in. (7.6 cm) diameter

  • 130 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, padparadscha AB 2X)
  • 20 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)
  • 10 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)
  • nylon beading thread (Miyuki, size B)
  • beading needles, Tulip #13

green bracelet colors:

  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, emerald AB 2X)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)

purple bracelet colors:

  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, tanzanite AB 2X)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

These instructions call for working with doubled lengths of nylon beading thread. If you prefer not to work with doubled thread, use Fireline 6 lb. test with an #11 or #12 needle, and stitch with a tight tension.

Octagon allure figure 1
FIGURE 1
Octagon allure figure 2
FIGURE 2

Bangle sides

First arm of the octagon

1. Center a needle on 4 yd. (3.7 m) of nylon beading thread. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 8/0 seed bead, and a 15/0, and repeat this pattern three more times. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Exit the last 15/0, 8/0, and 15/0 added (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Work in modified right-angle weave as follows: Pick up a 15/0, an 8/0, and a 15/0, and repeat this pattern twice more. Sew through the three beads your thread exited at the start of this step, and continue through the next six beads (b–c).

3. Repeat step 2 six more times until you have a total of eight stitches, including the original ring of beads. After completing the last stitch, sew through the beads again, and exit the first 15/0, 8/0, and 15/0 added (FIGURE 2, point a).

Second arm of the octagon

Repeat step 2 of “First arm of the octagon;” the new stitch will be perpendicular to the previous stitch (a–b). Repeat step 2 six more times. After completing the last stitch, exit the appropriate 15/0, 8/0, and 15/0 so that the next arm will be perpendicular to the second arm and parallel to the first arm.

Next five arms of the octagon

For each of the next five arms, work seven stitches as in step 2 of “First arm of the octagon.” After completing the last stitch of each arm, exit the appropriate 15/0, 8/0, and 15/0 so that the next stitch will be perpendicular to the previous arm and the overall shape of the beadwork begins to resemble an octagon.

Octagon allure figure 3
FIGURE 3

Eighth arm of the octagon

1. Work five stitches as in step 2 of “First arm of the octagon.”

2. To join the eighth arm to the first: Pick up a 15/0, an 8/0, and a 15/0, and making sure the beadwork is not twisted, sew through the corresponding three beads in the first arm (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, an 8/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the three beads your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Retrace the thread path (c–d), and end the working thread and tail. As you end the threads, tie your half-hitch knots between the beads in the “shared walls” of the stitches. Leave the edge beads free of knots to make “Connecting the bangle sides” easier.

3. Make a second bangle side.

See the PDF for the rest of the instructions on connecting the bangle sides and adding bicone crystals. There's also an option for a clasp version!

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