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Triangle treasure bracelet

Stitch two-hole triangles and seed beads for a textured bracelet
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Inspired by the iconic origami fortune teller (aka cootie catcher) beloved by kids everywhere, this textured bracelet works up easily with two-hole triangles and seed beads.
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SUPPLIES
cream bracelet 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4 cm) 

  • 120 6 mm CzechMates two-hole triangle beads (opaque luster Picasso)
  • 4g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 329, gold lustered African sunset)
  • 3g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 508, higher metallic iris olivine)
  • 2g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 2102, sapphire opal silver-lined)
  • 1 3-strand tube clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or Toho One-G thread
  • beading needles, #11 or #12 

topaz/gold bracelet colors 

  • 6 mm CzechMates two-hole triangle beads (luster rose gold)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 995, gold-lined rainbow aqua)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 952, aqua-lined yellow)

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

How to pick up the triangle beads: With the point of the triangle with no hole facing away from you, pick up the bead through the left hole (LH) or the right hole (RH), per the instructions.

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FIGURE 1
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FIGURE 2

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of an 8/0 seed bead and a triangle bead (RH) four times. Tie the working thread and tail together with a square knot to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Retrace the thread path, and continue through the next 8/0 (FIGURE 1). Make sure the triangles point up and the open hole is on the outside of the ring.

2. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead and a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the open hole of the next triangle (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a 15/0 and an 11/0, and sew through the following 8/0 (b–c). Repeat these stitches three times (c–d), and continue through the next eight beads as shown (d–e).

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FIGURE 3

3. Pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, an 8/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the adjacent five beads to form a loop. Continue through the first 15/0, 11/0, and 8/0 added in this step (FIGURE 3, a–b).

4. Pick up a repeating pattern of a triangle (RH) and an 8/0 three times, pick up a triangle (RH), and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Continue through the next 11/0, 15/0, and triangle (LH) (c–d).

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FIGURE 4

5. Pick up a 15/0 and an 11/0, and sew through the next 8/0. Pick up an 11/0 and a 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the following triangle (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat these stitches twice (b–c), and sew through the next 17 beads as shown (c–d).

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FIGURE 5
6. Repeat steps 3–5 for the desired length, allowing 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) for the clasp, but in the last unit, sew through only 11 beads instead of 17 beads (FIGURE 5, point a). End and add thread as needed.

7. To work the first unit of the second row, repeat steps 3–5, but at the end of step 5, sew through the next 11 beads instead of 17 beads (a–b).
 
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FIGURE 6
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8. For the next unit, work as in step 3–5, but end by sewing through 11 beads instead of 17. With your thread exiting the 15/0 as shown in FIGURE 6, point a, sew through the corresponding five beads in the first row (a–b) and the following 11 beads in the new unit (b–c).

9. Work as in step 8 for the remainder of the base, ending and adding thread as needed. End the working thread and tail.
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FIGURE 7

Edging and clasp

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to the base, exiting the end 15/0 on the top edge, with the needle pointing toward the other end (FIGURE 7, point a).

2. Pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, and two 15/0s, skip the adjacent 11/0, 8/0, and 11/0, and sew through the next 15/0 and the adjacent hole of the following triangle (a–b).

3. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the adjacent hole of the next triangle and the following 15/0 (b–c).

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FIGURE 8

4. Repeat steps 2–3 along this edge of the base, ending with step 2 (FIGURE 8, point a). Sew through the next 15/0 (a–b).

5. Pick up five 15/0s and the end loop of the clasp, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following 8/0, 11/0, and 15/0 (b–c). Pick up five 15/0s and the center loop of the clasp, and sew through the next triangle, two 15/0s, and triangle (c–d).

6. Pick up five 15/0s, sew through the center loop of the clasp again, and continue through the next 15/0, 11/0, and 8/0 (d–e). Pick up five 15/0s, and sew through the remaining loop of the clasp and the next 15/0, triangle, and 15/0 (e–f). Sew through the beadwork, and retrace the thread path of the clasp connection.

7. Repeat steps 2–3 along the other edge of the base, ending with step 2, and ending and adding thread as needed. Repeat steps 5–6 to attach the other half of the clasp. End the thread.

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Editor's note: For a single row bracelet, work as in steps 1–6 of “Base” and steps 1–3 of “Edging and clasp.” To attach a single strand clasp, work as in step 5, but sew through the same clasp ring for each loop added. Add the edging to the remaining side, and attach the other end of the claps.

Have a question or comment? Please contact us at editor@FacetJewelry.com.

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