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Flower field bracelet

These double-drilled ceramic beads are fated for a March cuff

When I received these double-drilled beads from ceramic-bead artist Melanie Brooks Lukacs, I knew they were destined to become a cuff-style bracelet. Melanie aptly calls the design “flower field” because upon closer inspection, tiny jonquils reveal themselves. Like the birthstone aquamarine, jonquils are associated with the month of March. 

SUPPLIES

Bracelet

  • 5 25 mm rectangular tile beads, double drilled (Earthenwood Studio, earthenwoodstudio.com)
  • 24–32 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 24 4 mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015 
  • 4 crimp beads
  • two-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 22 mm square tile beads with two loops (Earthenwood Studio, earthenwoodstudio.com)
  • 22 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 22 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelets

Flower field bracelet 1
Step 1
Cut two pieces of beading wire. On each wire, string a bicone crystal, a spacer, the corresponding hole of a rectangular bead, a spacer, and a bicone. Repeat four times.
Flower field bracelet 2
Step 2
On each end of each wire, string a bicone, a spacer, a crimp bead, and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
Earrings
Flower field earrings 1
Step 1
On a decorative head pin, string a bicone crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 11 bicone units. 
Flower field earrings 2
Step 2
Attach the bicone unit to the loop of a square bead and complete the wraps.
Flower field earrings 3
Step 3
Attach the remaining bead units, completing the wraps as you go.
Flower field earrings 4
Step 4
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
Tip!
To make your bracelet longer, string additional bicone crystals on the end of each wire until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
Flower field bracelet alt
Design alternative
With 35 colors of tile beads to choose from, picking just one may be difficult. Try a variety. In this bracelet, I chose a range to resemble Fiesta dinnerware. 

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