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Autumnal spheres

Beaded beads in seasonal tones add charm to this sparkly bracelet
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Won't you be surprised to learn that these beaded globes start as a flat strip of squares! Fold the strip into shape, embellish for stability, and then incorporate these delicate beaded beads into a bracelet fit for fall.

SUPPLIES

three beaded-bead dangles 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) each

  • 6 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, topaz and light rose)
  • 18 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light rose)
  • 18 2 mm round crystals (Swarovski, topaz)
  • 5 g 110 seed beads, color A (matte opaque dark pink)
  • 4 g 110 seed beads, color B (pink-lined crystal)
  • 3 2-in. (5 cm) head pins (brass)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 or #13
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

bracelet 7–7 1/2 in. (18–19.1 cm)

  • three beaded-bead dangles
  • 4 18 mm brass navette links with 6 holes
  • 4 10 mm round crystals (Swarovski, topaz AB)
  • accent beads
    • 2 7 mm round filigree beads (brass)
    • 5 5 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, topaz AB)
    • 4 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, topaz)
    • 12 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light rose)
    • 2 3 x 6 mm decorative spacers (brass)
  • 8 3 mm flat spacers (brass)
  • clasp
  • 15 in. (38 cm) 24-gauge wire (brass)
  • 5 in. (13 cm) chain, 3 mm links (brass)
  • 6 1½-in. (3.8 cm) head pins (brass)
  • 16 5 mm oval jump rings (brass)
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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Photo A

Beaded-bead dangles


Use tight tension when stitching each beaded bead to ensure a stable sphere.

 

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up 16 color A 11/0 seed beads. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first three As.

 

2. Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, skip two As in the ring, and sew through the next two As. Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, positioning the Bs to the inside of the ring, which should now resemble a square. Step up through the first B picked up in this round (PHOTO A).

 
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Photo B
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Photo C

3. Pick up a B, and sew through the next B. Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first B picked up in this round. Sew through all four Bs added in this round
(PHOTO B).

 

4. Pick up a 2 mm round crystal (or a 15/0 seed bead — see the Editor’s Notes, below), and sew through the B across from the B your thread is exiting. Sew back through the 2 mm and the first B (PHOTO C). Retrace the thread path of the 2 mm embellishment, making sure not to pull the thread too tight to avoid breaking your Fireline if using a crystal.

 
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Photo D
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Photo E

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit the four As along one side of the square.

 

6. Pick up four As, and sew through the four As on this side of the square. Retrace the thread path through all eight As, and sew through the four new As again (PHOTO D).

 

7. Pick up 12 As, and sew through the four As added in the previous step, creating a new ring. Sew through the next three As in the new ring (PHOTO E).

 
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Photo F

8. Repeat steps 2–7 twice, and then repeat steps 2–4 so you have a strip of four squares. Make sure the 2 mms are oriented the same way in each square.


9. Sew through the beadwork to exit the four As on one side of the last square so that you are in position to work a new square perpendicular to the strip. Work as in steps 6 and 7, and then work as in steps 2–4.

 

10. Repeat step 9 on the opposite side of the last square in the strip. You should have a T-shape (PHOTO F).

 
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Photo G
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Photo H

11. Fold the squares to form an angular sphere. 

 

12. Sew the four As of one side of a square to the four As on the adjacent side of another square PHOTO G), and retrace the thread path. Repeat until you’ve connected all the squares on all sides; your beaded bead will still be a little misshapen. End the tail but not the working thread.

 

13. The beaded bead has openings where the corners of three squares meet. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal and the beaded bead, entering through one of the openings just identified and exiting its counterpart on the opposite side of the bead. String a 4 mm bicone, and make a plain loop.

 

14. With your thread exiting four As on one side of a square, and with your needle pointing toward one of the openings identified in step 13, pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, and sew through the four As opposite the four your thread is exiting (PHOTO H). (For clarity, the head pin is not shown in PHOTO H.) Repeat to add a 3 mm to the remaining five openings. End the working thread.

 

15. Make a total of three beaded-bead dangles.

 
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Photo I

Bracelet 


1. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire, and make a plain loop on one end. String three accent beads, and make another plain loop. Make a total of three accent-bead units.

 

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire, and make a wrapped loop on one end. String a 3 mm flat spacer, a 10 mm round crystal, and a 3 mm flat spacer, and make another wrapped loop. Place the round-crystal unit on top of an 18 mm navette link, check that the unit is about the same length as the link, and bend the loops down to touch the link. Make a total of four round-crystal units.

 

3. Cut two four-link pieces of chain and three 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) pieces of chain.

 

4. Lay out the bracelet components as shown in PHOTO I, and use 5 mm oval jump rings to attach them. Note that on each end of a navette link, you will use one jump ring to connect the link, the wrapped loop of a round-crystal unit, and the next component in the sequence. Also, use jump rings to attach the 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) chains to the corresponding holes at the bottom of the navette links.

 

5. On a head pin, string two or three accent beads, and make a plain loop. Make a total of six accent-bead dangles.

 

6. Open the loops of the accent-bead dangles, and attach them to the remaining holes along the bottom of each navette link. Open the loops of the beaded-bead dangles, and attach them to the center link of each 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) chain.

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