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Intersecting beads bracelet

Clever use of rose monteés allows for multiple thread paths and lots of embellishment.
Bracelet red and white

Rose monteés have two intersecting channels on the back. When you string the rose monteés, the channel the beading wire passes through is referred to as the center channel, and the channel that you will be stitching through is referred to as the side channel. As you begin stitching, the rose monteés may turn over. Make sure they are all facing up when you cross through them.

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Rose monteés come in a limited number of colors, so choose them first, then select the rest of the beads.

SUPPLIES 

bracelet 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

  • 12 6 mm round crystals
  • 11 6 mm (ss30) rose monteés
  • bicone crystals
    • 22 5 mm 
    • 44 4 mm
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • French bullion wire
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • Fireline 6 or 8 lb. test
  • flexible beading wire, .012
  • beading needles, #12
  • tape or Bead Stopper
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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Photo a
1. On 12 in. (30 cm) of beading wire, string a crimp bead, 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) of French bullion wire, and half of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead (PHOTO A), and crimp it. Trim the short wire tail.
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Photo b
2. String a 5 mm bicone crystal. String a repeating pattern of a 6 mm round crystal and a 6 mm rose monteé (PHOTO B) 11 times. String a 6 mm round and a 5 mm bicone. Temporarily secure the end of the wire with tape or a Bead Stopper.
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Photo c

3. Thread a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline. Center the thread in the side channel of the first rose monteé on one end of the bracelet.

 

4. With one needle, pick up an 11/0 seed bead, a 4 mm bicone crystal, an 11/0, a 5 mm, an 11/0, a 4 mm, and an 11/0. Repeat with the other needle, and cross the needles through the side channel of the next rose monteé (PHOTO C).

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Photo d

5. Repeat step 4 until you cross the needles through the last rose monteé.

 

6. Pick up three 11/0s, a 4 mm, and three 11/0s. Sew back through the next 6 mm round crystal, and the center channel of the rose monteé your thread exited at the start of this step. Repeat with the other needle (PHOTO D).

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Photo e
7. With one needle, pick up five 11/0s, and sew back through the 5 mm of a previous side loop (PHOTO E).
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Photo f
8. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the center 11/0 of the five just picked up (PHOTO F).
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Photo g

 

9. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next center channel (PHOTO G). Repeat with the other needle.

10. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you sew through the last rose monteé.

11. Repeat step 6, and end the threads.

12. Remove the tape or Bead Stopper, and string a crimp bead, 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) of French bullion wire, and the other half of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead, crimp it, and trim the remaining wire. Use chainnose pliers to close crimp covers over the crimps.

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Editor's Notes

I only had 10 6 mm rose monteés, so I added an extra 4 mm bicone crystal to each end of the bracelet to make up the length.

 

I wanted to see if this design would work with smaller beads, so I substituted 4 mm rose monteés for the 6 mms, 3 mm bicones for the 4 mms, 4 mm bicones for the 5 mms, and 15/0 seed beads for the 11/0s, and it worked out great. Just remember you’ll need more of each bead. – Anna

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