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Triangle bead bracelet

Make a textural tube bracelet or necklace with two-hole triangle beads
Triangle bead bracelet Key


Copper/teal bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 45–50 6 mm CzechMates two-hole triangle beads in each of 4 colors (
    • A (copper iris)
    • B (teal metallic suede)
    • C (opaque celery Picasso)
    • D (iridescent green)
  • 3 8/0 seed beads (bronze) 
  • 8 g 15/0 seed beads (bronze)
  • toggle clasp
  • Nymo D or Fireline 6 lb. test, conditioned with microcrystalline wax
  • beading needles, #10
  • lighter

Black/white bracelet colors:

  • 6 mm two-hole triangle beads: A and C (jet), B and D (Ceylon white)
  • 8/0 seed beads (silver)
  • 11/0 seed beads, in place of 15/0s (silver)

Focal bead bracelet colors:

  • polymer clay drum bead (
  • 6 mm two-hole triangle beads:
    • A (vintage copper matte)
    • B (opaque cream Picasso)
    • C (matte metallic flax)
    • D (teal metallic suede)
  • 8/0 seed beads (galvanized gold)
  • 11/0 seed beads, in place of 15/0s (Miyuki 4204, champagne Duracoat)


Triangle bead bracelet Figure 1
Figure 1

How to pick up triangle beads: With the point of the triangle facing away from you, pick up the bead through the left hole (LH) or the right hole (RH) (FIGURE 1), per the instructions.

1. Center a needle on 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread. Align the ends, wax the strands so they adhere to each other, and tie an overhand knot. Trim the tails 1 mm from the knot, and melt slightly with a lighter to form a tiny ball.

Triangle bead bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2
Triangle bead bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
3. Push the beads to within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the knot. Separate the strands between the beads and the knot, and pass the needle between the strands, creating a ring. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the D (RH) (FIGURE 3). You should now be working in a counterclockwise direction.
Triangle bead bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4
Triangle bead bracelet Figure 5
Figure 5
4. Pick up a 15/0, a D (RH), and a 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the next triangle in the previous round (FIGURE 4). Repeat this stitch three times, but with each stitch pick up a triangle that is the same color as the triangle you just sewed through (FIGURE 5).

5. Repeat step 4 for the desired length, ending and adding thread as needed. As you work, some of the triangles may slip into the center of the tube. Be sure to adjust them so you don’t miss any. 

6. To complete the tube, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the remaining hole of the next triangle in the previous round. Repeat this stitch twice. Pick up one more 15/0, and sew through the next triangle. There will already be a bead next to the hole of this triangle.

7. Pick up two 8/0 seed beads and the toggle bar. Sew back through the 8/0s and the triangle opposite the one your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

8. Add 8 in. (20 cm) of thread at the other end, and repeat step 7 with the toggle ring, but pick up only one 8/0 instead of two.


• This technique also works well with other two-hole beads, such as half-moons, Twins, SuperDuos, and lentils, as shown above. Consider mixing two-hole bead shapes or replacing the seed beads with drops or long magatamas.

• To add a focal bead, stitch two equal sections of beadwork, and then use each working thread to cross through the focal bead at least twice before ending the threads.

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