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Tropical twins bracelets

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Materials
bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 8 8 mm fire-polished beads* (3 gold, 3 purple iris, 2 green iris)
  • 25 g 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads* in each of 3 colors: A (metallic purple), B (transparent purple), C (light transparent purple)
  • 11/0 seed beads*
    • 10 g color D (metallic gold)
    • 30 g color E (olivine)
  • beading thread, size D or 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • for ribbon closure: 12–15 in. (30–38 cm) ribbon
  • for clasp closure:
    • clasp
    • 2 6 mm jump rings
    • 2 pairs of chainnose or flatnose pliers

  • * All beads are Preciosa Traditional Czech Beads.
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Figure 1
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Flowers
1. On 1½ yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick up six color A 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads. Sew through all the beads and the first bead again to form a ring, leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail. Sew through the available hole of the A your thread is exiting (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up an A, and sew through the available hole of the next A in the ring. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this round. Sew through the available hole of this A (b–c).

3. Pick up two As, and sew through the available hole of the next A in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this round. Sew through the available hole of this A (c–d).

 

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Figure 2

4. Pick up an A, and sew through the first A in the next pair of As. Pick up an A, and sew through the following A (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this round. Sew through the available hole of this A (b–c).

5. Pick up two As, and sew through the next A in the previous round. Pick up an A, and sew through the next A (c–d). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this round. Sew through the available hole of this A (d–e).

6. Pick up an A, and sew through the next A in the previous round. Pick up an A, and sew through the first A in the next pair of As. Pick up two color D 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the next A (e–f). Repeat these three stitches to complete the round, and then sew through the next five beads to exit the first 11/0 added in this round (f–g).

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Figure 3

7. Pick up a D, and sew through the next D and four As (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through the available hole of the A your thread is exiting, pick up an A, and sew through the available hole of the previous A (b–c). Sew through the next four As and the following D (c–d). Repeat these stitches to complete the round (d–e).

8. Sew through the beadwork to exit an A in the original ring, and exit the inside of the flower. Pick up an 8 mm fire-polished bead and a D, sew back through the 8 mm, and continue through another A in the original ring. Retrace the thread path through the 8 mm a few times, and end the working thread.

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Figure 4

9. With the tail, pick up two color E 11/0 seed beads, sew through the A your thread is exiting, and continue through the first E just added (FIGURE 4).

10. Pick up two Es, sew down through the second E in the previous pair, sew up through the first E in the pair, and continue through the first E just added. Repeat this stitch using two Es per stitch until you have a total of 20 pairs of Es. Create a loop with the strip of Es by sewing through the opposite A in the ring. Retrace the thread path through both of the connections several times, and end the tail.

11. Make a total of eight flowers, using color A, B, and C Twins and varying the 8 mm fire-polished beads as desired.

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Figure 5

Leaves
1. On 1½ yd. (1.4 m) of thread and leaving a 20-in. (51 cm) tail, pick up two Es, and sew through them both again so they sit side by side.

2. Work in brick stitch with an increase at the start and end of each row (Basics) for a total of eight rows, ending with a row of 10 beads (FIGURE 5, light green beads).

3. Work in two-drop brick stitch (see the note below) for a total of eight decrease rows, ending with a row that is two beads high and two beads wide (FIGURE 5, dark green beads).

Note: Two-drop brick stitch is done in much the same way as regular brick stitch except that you work stacks of two beads at a time. For the first stitch, pick up four beads, sew under the thread bridge between the second and third beads on this end of the previous row, and sew up through the last two beads just added. The four beads will create two stacks of two beads. For subsequent stitches, pick up two beads at a time and work with them as you would with a single bead in regular brick stitch.
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Figure 6

4. Exiting the two-bead row, pick up an E, and sew through all the edge beads, pulling snug so the leaf cups slightly (FIGURE 6, a–b). End the working thread. 

5. With the tail, pick up two Es, and work as in step 10 of “Flowers” (c–d) until you have a total of 20 pairs of Es. Create a loop by stitching the last pair of Es to the first pair of Es added in this step. Retrace the thread path of the connection several times, and end the tail. 

6. Make a total of 11 leaves.

Buds
1. On 4 ft. (1.2 m) of thread and leaving a 20-in. (51 cm) tail, repeat step 1 of “Flowers” using As.

2. Continuing with As, work as in step 2 of “Flowers” five times.

3. Work as in step 5 of “Flowers,” adding a total of nine beads in this round.

4. Work as in steps 6 and 7 of “Flowers.” Retrace the thread path through the last round to reinforce, and end the working thread.

5. Using the tail, work as in steps 9 and 10 of “Flowers.”

6. Make a total of five buds using color A, B, and C Twins as desired.

Fastening ring
On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread and leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, pick up two Es. Sew through both Es again so they sit side by side. Using two Es per stitch, work as in step 10 of “Flowers” to create a strip with 32 rows of Es. Making sure the strip isn’t twisted, join the ends into a ring, sewing back and forth between the ends. End the working thread and tail.
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Photo A
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Photo B
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Photo C

Assembly
1. Pass the loop of a flower through the fastening ring, and then pass the loop of a leaf through the loop of the flower (PHOTO A). Pass the loop of a bud through the loop of the leaf (PHOTO B), and pass the loop of a new flower through the loop of the bud (PHOTO C). Continue connecting components in the desired order, ending with a leaf.

2. To use ribbon to fasten the bracelet, cut a 12–15-in. (30–38 cm) piece of ribbon, pass it through the loop of the final leaf and the fastening ring, and tie a bow.
To use a clasp, open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach half of the clasp to the loop of the final leaf. Open another 6 mm jump ring, and attach the other half of the clasp to the fastening ring.

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