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Linked ladder bracelets

Make fast and easy bracelets with ladder stitch clusters.
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Quick and satisfying, you’ll want to create more bracelets in several colors!

SUPPLIES 

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • 6g size 5/0 seed beads
  • 2g size 11/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12–#13

INSTRUCTIONS

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FIGURE 1
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FIGURE 2

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four 5/0 seed beads. Go back through all four beads in the same direction, leaving a 12-in. (30cm) tail. Snug up the beads and adjust them so you have two pairs sitting side by side (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up two more 5/0s, go through the previous pair, and go back through the two beads just added (b–c). Repeat to add a fourth pair (c–d).

3. To join the four pairs of beads into a cluster, go up through the first pair of beads, back down through the last pair, and back up through the first pair (FIGURE 2).

4. Pick up ten 11/0 seed beads and four 5/0s. Go back through the 5/0s again in the same direction.

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PHOTO A
5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a second cluster. Go back through an adjacent stack so your needle points toward the previous cluster (PHOTO A).
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PHOTO B
6. Line up the two clusters so the stacks are oriented the same way, and pick up ten 11/0s. Go through the two 5/0s in the corresponding stack of the previous cluster (PHOTO B).
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FIGURE 3

 

7. Go through an adjacent stack of 5/0s, pick up ten 11/0s, and go through the corresponding stack of 5/0s on the second cluster (FIGURE 3, a–b).

8. Go through the remaining 5/0s, pick up ten 11/0s, and go through the corresponding 5/0s in the first cluster (b–c).

9. Go through an adjacent stack of 5/0s, the 11/0s, and the stack of 5/0s in the second cluster (c–d).

10. Repeat steps 4–9 until your bracelet is approximately 1 in. (2.5cm) short of the desired length.

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PHOTO C

11. Pick up a 5/0 and a clasp half. Go back through the 5/0 and sew into the 5/0 opposite where the thread is exiting (PHOTO C). Go up an adjacent stack of 5/0s, and go back through the end 5/0 and the clasp. Repeat the thread path several times to reinforce the connection.

12. Go into the beadwork and make a half-hitch knot. Go through a few beads, make another knot, go through a few more beads, and trim.

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PHOTO D

13. Thread your needle on the tail and repeat steps 11 and 12 on the other end. If using a toggle clasp without an extender, string three or four 11/0s between the 5/0 and the toggle bar (PHOTO D).

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Tip!

For a different look, try one of these variations:

  • Substitute 4mm round or fire-polished beads for the 5/0s.
  • For a chunky look, use 5/0s or hex-cut beads with 8/0s.
  • For a smaller profile, use 8/0s with 14/0s or 15/0s.
  • For the strung sections, string beads in a random or repeating pattern instead of in only one color.

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