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Crystal corona bracelet

Crown these unique Swarovski components with an equally unique array of beads, including metallic “squaredelles.”

SUPPLIES

bracelet 71⁄4 in. (18.4 cm)

  • 8 8 x 10 mm oval sew-on stones in four-hole settings (Swarovski #4100, light amethyst in silver-plated setting; www.etsy.com/shop/ crystallizedmontees)
  • 68 5 x 5 x 2 mm metallic squaredelles (magenta; Bead Gallery)
  • 36 3 mm glass pearls (gold)
  • 2 g 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads (Preciosa, terra pearl emerald)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho P471, gold permanent galvanized)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho P471, gold permanent galvanized)
  • 10 mm Beadelle magnetic clasp (gold plated with crystal rhinestones; www.artbeads.com)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1
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Figure 2

Crystal units

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 2.5 x 5 mm Twin bead, a 15/0, a 5 x 5 x 2 mm squaredelle, a 3 mm pearl, and a squaredelle. Repeat this pattern three more times, and tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first 10 beads in the ring, exiting a squaredelle. Position the Twin beads so that their available holes fall to the outside of the ring (FIGURE 1).

2. Place an 8 x 10 mm oval sew-on stone inside the ring so that the two holes at one end of the setting are aligned with the squaredelle your thread is exiting. Working on the back side of the setting, sew through the two holes at this end of the setting and the squaredelle aligned with the hole your thread is exiting. Continue through the next 15/0 and Twin bead (FIGURE 2, a–b).

3. Pick up a 15/0 and an 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the available (outer) hole of the same Twin bead. Pick up an 11/0 and a 15/0, and sew through the inner hole of the Twin bead. Continue through the next 15/0 and squaredelle (b–c).

4. Sew through the two holes at this end of the setting and the squaredelle aligned with the hole your thread is exiting. Continue through the next 15/0 and Twin bead (c–d).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

5. Work as in step 3, exiting the next squaredelle (d–e).

6. Sew diagonally through the setting, and continue through the squaredelle aligned with the hole your thread is exiting (FIGURE 3, a–b).

Sew through the beadwork to exit the next squaredelle (b–c), sew diagonally through the setting, and continue through the squaredelle aligned with the hole your thread is exiting (c–d). Sew through the beadwork to exit the 15/0, unembellished Twin bead, and 15/0 at one end of the crystal unit (d–e).

7. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the outer hole of the same Twin bead. Pick up two more 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0, the inner hole of the same Twin bead, and the following 15/0. Continue through the first two 15/0s added in this step, the outer hole of the Twin bead, and the following 15/0 (FIGURE 4).

8. Pick up a squaredelle, a pearl, a squaredelle, a 15/0, a Twin bead, and a 15/0. Repeat this pattern twice more, and then pick up a squaredelle, a pearl, and a squaredelle. Sew through the three beads at the end of the previous crystal unit to form a new ring. Continue through the next seven beads, exiting a squaredelle. Position the Twin beads so that their available holes fall to the outside of the ring.

9. Repeat steps 2–8 until you have a total of eight crystal units, but in the last repeat end with step 6. End and add thread as needed.

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Figure 5

Clasp

1. Pick up a 15/0 and an 11/0, and sew through the outer hole of the same Twin bead. Pick up an 11/0 and a 15/0, and sew through the inner hole of the Twin bead. Continue through the first 15/0 and 11/0 added in this step, the outer hole of the Twin bead, and the following 11/0. 

2. Pick up a squaredelle, a pearl, half of the clasp, a pearl, and a squaredelle, and sew through the three beads at the end of the previous crystal unit. Retrace the thread path of the clasp connection several times, and exit the first squaredelle added in this step. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the other squaredelle (FIGURE 5). Sew through the beadwork into the last crystal unit, and end the working thread. 

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the tail.

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The products we used in this project
Other beads
5mm heishi spacers were not the best choice

EDITORS NOTE:

You can substitute other 5 mm flat beads or spacers for the squaredelles, as long as they measure 2 mm thick and have holes that are not too large for the 15/0 seed beads. For instance, I tried these 5 mm heishi spacers; the size and shape were great, but the holes swallowed the 15/0s. Unfortunately, substituting 11/0s for the 15/0s causes the beadwork around the crystal setting to be too floppy.

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