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Colorful beaded cube bracelet

Multiply these bead cubes to add color and sparkle to a rubber-tubing bracelet

Choose your colors and dress up your wrist with beaded cube creations.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • Japanese seed beads
    • (4 8/0s and 24 11/0s per cube)
    • size 8/0
    • size 11/0
  • 2 or more spacers that fit snugly over rubber tubing
  • 1 in. (2.5cm) 18-gauge wire, full-hard
  • Nymo B conditioned with beeswax
  • 7–9 in. (18–23cm) 2mm black rubber tubing
  • beading needles, #12
  • cocktail straw
  • Zap-a-Gap glue
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

BEADED BEADS

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FIGURE 1

 

1. Thread a needle on 2 ft. (61cm) of Nymo B conditioned with beeswax. Leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up eight 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the beads again to form a ring. Sew through the first two 11/0s again to position the needle away from the tail (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up six 11/0s, sew through the pair of 11/0s on the ring (b–c), and tighten the new 11/0s into a ring. Sew through the next four beads on the new ring (c–d).

3. Repeat step 2 (d–e).
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Figure 2
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Figure 3

4. Fold the three rings to form an open-ended U, and pick up two 11/0s. Sew through the end pair of 11/0s of the first ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up two 11/0s and sew through the end pair of 11/0s of the third ring (b–c). Tighten the thread to form a cube.

5. Position the cube on the cocktail straw. Sew through the top four pairs of 11/0s. Sew through the first pair again (FIGURE 3, a–b). Secure the thread with a half-hitch knot.

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FIGURE 4

 

6. Sew through the first top 11/0 of the next pair (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up an 8/0 and go under the thread bridge between the bottom pair of 11/0s (b–c). Sew back through the 8/0 and the second 11/0 of the top pair (c–d). Snug up the thread and turn the cube a quarter turn to the left.

7. Repeat step 6 three times to add an 8/0 to the center of each side of the cube.

8. Secure the thread with a half-hitch knot, sew through the beadwork, and trim.

9.Thread a needle on the tail. To reinforce the bottom of the cube, sew through the bottom four pairs of 11/0s as in step 5, and tighten the thread. Secure the thread with a half-hitch knot, and trim the excess thread.

10. Repeat steps 1–9 to make more cubes.


ASSEMBLY

1. Measure your wrist to determine the length of the bracelet. Allow for a little slack in the measurement so the bracelet will slide over your hand. Cut the 2mm black rubber tubing to that length.

2. Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of 18-gauge, full-hard wire or a wire that will fit tightly inside the tubing.

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PHOTO A

3. Glue half of the wire inside the tubing and let the glue dry (PHOTO A).

4. Slide the spacers and beaded cubes onto the tubing. Close the bracelet by sliding the wire into the tubing and positioning the cubes over the connection.

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