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Captured cup chain bracelet

SuperDuos and seed beads surround sparkling cup chain for a dramatic look using ladder stitch and beadweaving.


gold bracelet 73⁄4 in. (19.7 cm)

  • 6 3⁄4–7 in. (17.1–18 cm) 6 mm cup chain (Swarovski SS29 Tiffany 1088, pacific opal)
  • 6 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (amber)
  • 1 g 3 mm bugle beads (Miyuki 003, silver-lined gold)
  • 8 g 8/0 metal seed beads (38148, 24k gold plated)
  • 7 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho P471, permanent galvanized gold)
  • 1 two-strand clasp (gold)
  • Fireline 4 or 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
All materials for the gold bracelet can be found at

purple bracelet colors
  • 6 mm cup chain (Swarovski SS29 Tiffany 1088, white patina; 
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (pastel bordeaux)
  • 3 mm bugle beads (Miyuki 460, metallic dark raspberry)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 85, metallic plum iris)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 166C, transparent rainbow amethyst)



1. Cut a length of cup chain long enough to fit around your wrist, minus the clasp length and 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm).

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Figure 1

2. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up eight 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the beads again, positioning the beads into two rows of four beads each (figure 1) and leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. 

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Figure 2

3. Pick up an 11/0, a 3 mm bugle bead, and an 11/0, and sew through the row of 11/0s your thread is exiting, positioning the bugle bead set above the row (figure 2, a–b). Working in ladder stitch, use 11/0s to make four more rows (b–c) using a tight tension. 

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

4. Place the cup chain on the base so the end cup is next to the bugle bead set. Pick up an 11/0, a bugle bead, and an 11/0, and sew over the connector between the cups. Continue through the row of 11/0s your thread is exiting (figure 3). Flip the beadwork so the ladder stitch base is on top, and work four more ladder stitch rows using 11/0s (figure 4), and flip it back. Repeat these stitches for the length of the cup chain, ending and adding thread as needed.

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF.

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