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Collector's item bracelet

Whether made of cut glass, metal, or Bakelite, the special qualities of vintage buttons imbue this bracelet with the glamour of a bygone era. 

MATERIALS

bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • shank buttons
    • 1 5⁄8 in. (1.6 cm) or 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) (for the clasp)
    • 8 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) or 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm)
  • fire-polished beads 
    • 14 4 mm black, color A
    • 9 4 mm silver, color C
    • 48 3 mm silver, color C
  • size 11/0 seed beads, 2 g each of 4 different colors: 
    • black, color A
    • hematite, color B 
    • silver, color C 
    • silver-lined crystal, color D
  • Fireline 4 lb. test or Power Pro 10 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • G-S Hypo Cement 
INSTRUCTIONS
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Figure 1
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Figure 2
Full bracelet

Base

1. Thread a needle on each end of a 4-ft. (1.2 m) length of Fireline or Power Pro. With one needle, center three color A 11/0 seed beads, the large button, three A 11/0s, a color B 11/0 seed bead, a color C 4 mm fire-polished bead, and a B 11/0. With the other needle, cross through the last three beads (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. With each needle, pick up four A 11/0s, a B 11/0, and a color C 11/0 seed bead (b–c, l–m). Cross both needles through a small button (c–d, m–n).

3. With each needle, pick up a C 11/0, a B 11/0, two A 11/0s, and three 3 mm fire-polished beads (d–e, n–o). Sew through the last four beads before the button, cross through the button, and continue through the next four beads (e–f, o–p)

4. With each needle, pick up an A 11/0, a B 11/0, and a C 11/0 (f–g, p–q). Cross both needles through a C 4 mm (g–h, q–r).

5. With each needle, pick up a C 11/0, a B 11/0, an A 11/0, and a color A 4 mm fire-polished bead (h–i, r–s). Sew through the last three beads before the C 4 mm again, cross through the C 4 mm, then continue through the next three beads (i–j, s–t).

6. Repeat step 2, but pick up two A 11/0s instead of four (j–k, t–u)

7. Repeat steps 3–6 six times. Add or omit repeats to alter the length by 1-in. (2.5 cm) increments.

8. Repeat step 3. 

9. With one needle, pick up an A 11/0, a B 11/0, a C 11/0, a C 4 mm, a C 11/0, a B 11/0, and an A 11/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). With the other needle, cross through all seven beads (c–d). Pick up enough beads to form a loop that will fit over the end button (d–e). Sew back through the last five beads before the end button, through the button, and continue through the next four beads (e–f). Sew through the loop again to reinforce it (f–g).

10. Secure each end with a few half-hitch knots, dot the knots with glue, and trim.

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

Embellishment

1. Secure 4 ft. (1.2 m) of Fireline or Power Pro at the loop end, exiting at figure 3, point a.

2. Pick up an A 11/0, a C 11/0, a color D 11/0 seed bead, a C 11/0, and an A 11/0 (a–b). Sew through the 3 mm below this bead group (b–c)

3. Sew through the next 3 mm. Pick up an A 11/0, a C 11/0, a D 11/0, and a C 11/0, then sew through the first A 11/0 from the previous step and the 3 mm (c–d). Repeat (d–e).

4. Pick up two A 11/0s, and sew through the next 4 mm (e–f). Pick up two more A 11/0s, and sew through the next 3 mm (f–g).

5. Repeat steps 2–4 along each edge of the bracelet.

6. For additional embellishment, add pairs of D 11/0s as shown in figure 4. Repeat along both edges, secure the thread, and trim.

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