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Bezeled crystal bracelet

Swanky Swarovski stones and bicone bezels are the new vogue
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A vintage costume-jewelry bracelet, with big stones and a supple band, is a fabulous find at a flea market or auction. Now you can replicate that look without having to hunt and haggle! Simply bezel a string of crystal stones with — you guessed it — more crystals, and you have a bauble worthy of your grandmother’s jewelry box.

SUPPLIES

bracelet with 18 x 13 mm stones7 in. (18 cm)

  • 8 18 x 13 mm step-cut fancy stones (Swarovski article #4527; tanzanite, light amethyst, erinite, light Azore)
  • 576 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal comet argent light)
  • 6g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 711, nickel; www.artbeads.com)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 29B, silver-lined gray; www.artbeads.com)
  • 2-strand slide clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

bead colors in Photos A-L:

  • 18 x 13 mm step-cut fancy stones (Swarovski article #4527; burgundy and crystal golden shadow; www.ejoyce.com)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal Dorado 2X)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 2, silver-lined light gold)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 193, 24kt gold light plated)

bracelet with 14 x 10 mm stones 7 in. (18 cm), as shown in the bottom of Photo M

  • 10 14 x 10 mm step-cut fancy stones (Swarovski article #4527, Montana and crystal golden shadow; www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 560 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal comet argent light)
  • 5g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined white opal)
  • 2-strand slide clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

Where do I find those stones?
Before you buy any of the other supplies for your bracelet, you’ll want to obtain the Swarovski article #4527 18 x 13 mm step-cut fancy stones. A quick Internet search will show that the stones used in the designer’s pastel bracelet are usually sold wholesale (in packs of 48, 72, or more pieces). If you go that route, you can make multiple bracelets or share your leftover stones with beady friends. For more budget-friendly alternatives, check out the following sources: www.ebay.com, www.etsy.com, www.ejoyce.com and www.firemountaingems.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet with 18 x 13 mm stones
Bezeled stones

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick up four 3 mm bicone crystals. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through all the beads again.

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PHOTO A
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PHOTO B

2. To work row 1 of the bezel: Work a strip of right-angle weave using 3 mms until you have a total of 17 stitches, including the ring from step 1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the last 3 mm along one edge (PHOTO A).

3. To work row 2 of the bezel: Pick up a 3 mm, an 8/0 seed bead, and a 3 mm, and sew through the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step. Working off the top edge of row 1, continue in right-angle weave, picking up an 8/0 at the top of every stitch (PHOTO B).

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D
4. To join the ends of row 2: Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the 3 mm at the other end of row 2. Pick up a 3 mm, and sew through the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step (PHOTO C). Retrace the thread path of the join, exiting the 3 mm added in this step. Sew through the next end 3 mm in row 1 (PHOTO D).
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PHOTO E
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PHOTO F

5. To join the ends of row 1: Pick up a 3 mm, sew through the 3 mm at the other end of row 1, and continue through the 3 mm added in the previous step. Retrace the thread path of the join, exiting the 3 mm added in this step (PHOTO E).

6. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the next 3 mm along this edge. Repeat this stitch twice to add a total of three 15/0s (PHOTO F).

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PHOTO G
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PHOTO H

7. Sew through the next six edge 3 mms, and then repeat step 6. Sew through all the 3 mms and 15/0s along this edge, using tight tension (PHOTO G). This is the front of the bezel.

8. Sew through the beadwork to the 8/0s on the back of the bezel, and exit so that you are in position to add a bead directly opposite a 15/0 on the front.

9. Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the next 8/0 along this edge. Repeat this stitch twice to add a total of three 8/0s (PHOTO H). Make sure the 8/0s added in this step are positioned directly opposite the 15/0s on the front of the bezel.

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PHOTO I
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PHOTO J

10. Using loose tension, sew through the next six 8/0s, and then repeat step 9 (PHOTO I). This is the back of the bezel, and the 8/0s added in these steps will be the connector 8/0s.

11. Insert an 18 x 13 mm stone into the bezel so that the front of the stone lies against the front of the bezel (PHOTO J). Sew through all the 8/0s on the back of the bezel to tighten the bezel around the stone. End the tail but not the working thread.

12. Make a total of eight bezeled stones.

Assembly

1. Lay out your bezeled stones in the desired order, and turn them upside down so their backs are facing up.
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PHOTO K
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PHOTO L

2. Using the working thread from an end stone, sew through the beadwork to exit an outer connector 8/0. Sew through one loop of the clasp, continue through the next connector 8/0, sew through the other loop of the clasp, and continue through the following connector 8/0 (PHOTO K). Retrace the clasp connection.

3. Sew through the beadwork to the other side of the stone, exiting an outer connector 8/0. Using 8/0s, stitch three rows of flat odd-count peyote stitch off the connector 8/0s, and zip up to the connector 8/0s on the next bezeled stone (PHOTO L). Retrace the thread path of the join, and end the working thread.

4. Using the working thread of the new bezeled stone, work as in step 3 to connect the next stone. Continue working in this manner until all the stones are connected. Using the last remaining working thread, attach the other half of the clasp as in step 2.

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PHOTO M

Bracelet with 14 x 10 mm stones

Note the difference in size between the 18 x 13 mm stones (PHOTO M, TOP) and the 14 x 10 mm stones (PHOTO M, BOTTOM). You may find that you prefer the daintier size stone for your bracelet.

 Click here to see the finished bracelet.

Bezeled stones

Work as in steps 1–12 of “Bezeled stones” above with the following changes:
In step 2, work row 1 until it has just 13 stitches, including the ring from step 1.
In steps 3 and 4, replace the 8/0s with 11/0 seed beads.
In step 7, sew through just four 3 mms before repeating step 6.
In step 8, sew through the beadwork to the 11/0s on the back of the bezel, and exit so that you are in position to add a bead directly opposite a 15/0 on the front.
In step 9, replace the 8/0s with 11/0s.
In step 10, sew through just four 11/0s before repeating step 9.
In step 12, make a total of 10 bezeled stones.

Assembly

Work as in steps 1–4 of “Assembly” above with the following changes:
In step 2, the connector 8/0s you sew through will be connector 11/0s.
In step 3, use 11/0s to stitch seven rows of odd-count peyote stitch before zipping up to the connector 11/0s on the next bezeled stone.

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