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A unique configuration gives right-angle weave a new shape
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These mix-and-match bangles are made with metal seed beads, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with lively glass seed bead colors.

MATERIALS

bangle 2½-in. (6.4 cm) diameter

  • 30–50 g 8/0 glass or metal seed beads (thebeadparlor.com) 
  • 50 3-4 mm round fire-polished beads or 3 mm metal cornerless cubes (thebeadparlor.com)
  • Fireline 20 lb. test test (if using metal seed beads) or 6 lb. test (if using glass seed beads)
  • beading needles, #10 or #12

Step-by-step 

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four 8/0 seed beads. Sew through the first three 8/0s again to form a tight ring (FIGURE 1), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. Working in right-angle weave, pick up three 8/0s, and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the first two 8/0s picked up in this step (FIGURE 2).

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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
3. Repeat step 2 (FIGURE 3) until you have a total of 49 stitches. Test the fit to see if the strip will fit around the widest part of your hand, and add or omit stitches if needed. 
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Figure 4
4. Join the strip into a ring by connecting the last stitch to the first: Pick up an 8/0, sew through the 8/0 on the other end of the strip, pick up an 8/0, and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the next three 8/0s (FIGURE 4). Exit an 8/0 along the edge of the strip.
5. To begin a second round of right-angle weave off the first, pick up three 8/0s, and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Sew through the three 8/0s again, and the next edge 8/0 in the previous round (FIGURE 5). Adding two beads per stitch, continue in right-angle weave around the ring (FIGURE 6), ending and adding thread as needed.
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Figure 5
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Figure 6

6. To work the final stitch, you will only pick up one 8/0 (FIGURE 7).

7. Hold the open edge 8/0s of the first two rounds together, and work a third round of right-angle weave to join the two edges (FIGURE 8), creating a three-sided ring. Don’t end the threads.

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Figure 7
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Figure 8

8. Exit an edge 8/0 of one of the rounds. Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the next edge 8/0 of the same round (PHOTO A). (I used a second color in the photos for clarity.) Repeat along the entire edge, then repeat on the other two edges, creating a triangle-shaped tube (PHOTO B). End the threads.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 to make a second ring of tubular right-angle weave.

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Photo A
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Photo B
10. Hold the two triangular rings side by side with a flat side against your fingers. Exit an 8/0 at the apex of one ring, pick up a 3 mm cornerless cube or 3–4 mm round fire-polished bead, and sew through the corresponding 8/0 on the other ring. Pick up a cube or fire-polished bead, and sew through the four beads again (PHOTO C). To finish connecting the two rings, continue working in right-angle weave around the bracelet (FIGURE 9). End the working thread and tail.
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Photo C
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Figure 9
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Add a clasp

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: 

I wanted to add a clasp to my bracelet, so instead of connecting the tubes into rings, I made two straight tubes, and attached a clasp with two seed bead loops on each end.

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