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Metallic lace edged bracelet

Create a lacy, metallic ruffle with interlocking jump rings
MetalliclaceedgedbraceletHERO

Use silver and gold-filled jump rings or lightweight titanium jump rings in two colors to give a square stitch bracelet a clever embellishment.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 8 in. (20cm)

  • Japanese cylinder beads
    • 90 color A
    • 1g color B
    • 1g color C
    • 3g color D
    • 30 color E
  • clasp
  • 280 anodized titanium or sterling silver jump rings, 3mm inside diameter, 22-gauge – A
  • 70 anodized titanium or gold-filled jump rings, 3mm inside diameter, 22-gauge – B
  • 2 soldered jump rings, 3mm inside diameter
  • Silamide, or Nymo B conditioned with beeswax
  • beading needles, #12
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

BAND

1. Thread a needle on 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread and attach a stop bead, leaving a 12-in. (30cm) tail. Click here to follow the chart (FIGURE 1, also available on the PDF). Start at the lower left edge of the band, and pick up the eight beads for the fourth row.

2. Working in square stitch, complete the band. After stitching each row, reinforce the beadwork by sewing through the previous row and back through the row just stitched. Add thread as needed.

Metalliclaceedgedbracelet2
FIGURE 2

 

 

3. To taper the end, stitch three more rows, decreasing each row by one bead on each edge. Reinforce each row as shown (FIGURE 2, a–b) and end with a two-bead point (b–c).

MetalliclaceedgedbraceletA
PHOTO A

 

 

4. Pick up a soldered jump ring and sew back through the two-bead point a few times to attach the ring (PHOTO A). Sew into the beadwork, secure the tail with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim.

5. Open a color A jump ring. Attach the soldered jump ring and half of the clasp. Close the jump ring.

6. Remove the stop bead. Thread a needle on the tail and repeat steps 3–5.

7. Thread a needle on 1 yd. (.9m) of thread and secure it in the beadwork. Exit row 4 on one end of the bracelet.

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FIGURE 3

 

 

8. Pick up a color D bead. Skip row 5, sew into the edge bead of row 6 (FIGURE 3, a–b) and exit the edge bead of row 7 (b–c). Repeat along the edge, placing a bead, or tab, at the end of every third row.

9. Sew through the beadwork and add beads to the corresponding rows along the other edge. The tabs should line up across from each other. Secure the thread in the beadwork with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.


JUMP RING EDGE

MetalliclaceedgedbraceletB
PHOTO B

 

 

1. Open 35 A jump rings. Slide an A through a tab. Close the A (PHOTO B). Repeat for the length of the band.

MetalliclaceedgedbraceletC
PHOTO C
MetalliclaceedgedbraceletD
PHOTO D

2. Open 68 As. Slide two As through two adjacent jump rings and close the As (PHOTOS C and D). Repeat for the length of the band.

MetalliclaceedgedbraceletE
PHOTO E
MetalliclaceedgedbraceletF
PHOTO F

3. Open 33 As and 33 color B jump rings. Slide an A through two bottom jump rings so that it lays under the jump ring attached to a tab. This will cause the bottom jump rings to flip. Close the A (PHOTO E). Repeat with a B, positioning it between the jump ring attached to the tab and the A just added. Close the B (PHOTO F). Repeat for the length of the band.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 along the other edge.

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