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Tiffany inspiration braided beads necklace

A six-strand braid gives an interesting twist to strings of lentil and bugle beads

The combination of iridescent lentil and black bugle beads mimics a stained glass window.

SUPPLIES

necklace 25 in. (64cm) 

  • 10g 7mm bugle beads
  • 6mm offset-hole lentil beads (Beadcats, beadcats.com)
    • 250 color A
    • 250 color B
  • 4g size 11/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • 2 5mm cones
  • 2 3-in. (7.6cm) eye pins
  • Power Pro 20 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • self-healing polyfoam 
  • board
  • T-pins or quilter’s pins
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Tiffany inspiration braided bead necklace Photo A
PHOTO A
Tiffany inspiration braided bead necklace Photo B
PHOTO B
Tiffany inspiration braided bead necklace Photo C
PHOTO C

1. Attach a stop bead on 4 ft. (1.2m) of Power Pro, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail.

2. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, a 7mm bugle bead, an 11/0, a 6mm color A lentil bead, an 11/0, a bugle, an 11/0, an A, an 11/0, and an A. Repeat this pattern until the strand measures 25 in. (64cm). End the strand with an A, an 11/0, a bugle, and an 11/0. At the end of the strand, string a stop bead with a hole large enough to accommodate a T-pin.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 twice.

4. Using 6mm color B lentils instead of As, repeat steps 1 and 2 three times with the following change: in step 2 pick up a repeating pattern of an 11/0, a bugle, an 11/0, a B, an 11/0, a B, an 11/0, a bugle, an 11/0, and a B. On the final repeat, leave off the last B.

5. Pin the six strands to a polyfoam board. Group the three A strands on the left and the three B strands on the right (PHOTO A).

6. To begin the six-strand braid, cross the far right B strand over the other two B strands (PHOTO B). Cross the far left A strand over the other two A strands and the adjacent B strand (PHOTO C).

7. Continue crossing the far right strand over two strands and the far left strand over three strands for the length of the necklace. Rotate each lentil to face outward as you braid.

8. Remove the stop bead from one end of each strand. Using the ends of the six strands, tie an overhand knot at the end of the necklace close to the beads. Tie the six threads to an eye pin with two or three overhand knots. Place a drop of glue on the knot and let it dry.

9. Slide a cone on the eye pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach half of a clasp, and finish the wraps. Trim the excess wire.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on the other end of the necklace.

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