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Twinkling twin bracelet

Stitch Twin beads, seed beads and bicone crystals
New to Twins and other two-hole beads? This bracelet is a cinch to make and incorporates your old friends: seed beads and bicone crystals! Become a mixologist and experiment with color. Once you make one of these sparkling bracelets, you’ll want to make it in several different colorways!


pink/blue bracelet 63⁄4 in. (17.1 cm)

  • 26 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads (Preciosa 26711, silky matte dusty pink)
  • 25 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Provence lavender AB 2X)
  • 2g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 150, semi-frosted transparent sapphire AB)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 352, fuchsia-lined aqua luster)
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11
  • bobbin or piece of cardboard

blue/green bracelet colors:

  • Twin beads (Preciosa 08392, crystal yellow orange pearl)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, sun AB 2X)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 2104, gilt-lined turquoise opal)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 164, transparent rainbow lime green; and Toho 274, crystal green teal-lined AB)

maroon/pink bracelet colors

  • Twin beads (Preciosa 95300, raspberry)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal CAL 2X)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1436, raspberry transparent silver lined)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 556, dyed rose silver-lined alabaster)


1. Attach a stop bead at the center of 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread. Wrap half of the thread around a bobbin or piece of cardboard.

2. With the working thread, pick up a repeating pattern of three 11/0 seed beads and a 2.5 x 5 mm Twin bead until you reach the desired bracelet length, ending with three 11/0s. My 6 3⁄4-in. (17.1 cm) bracelet has 26 Twin beads.

3. Sew through the available hole of the last Twin bead, pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the available hole of the next Twin bead. Continue in this manner for the length of the bracelet. Sew through the first two 11/0s picked up in step 2, forming a loop.
4. Pick up three 15/0 seed beads, half of the clasp, and three 15/0s. Sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step in the same direction (FIGURE 1). Retrace the thread path, and then sew through the next 11/0, Twin bead, and 11/0.
5. Pick up three 15/0s, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0, Twin bead, and 11/0 (FIGURE 2). Repeat this stitch to embellish this edge of the bracelet, exiting the center 11/0 picked up at the end of step 2.

6. Work as in step 4 to attach the other half of the clasp, and end the working thread.

7. Unwind the other half of the thread, and remove the stop bead. Sew through the nearest hole of the first Twin bead and the next 11/0, and work as in step 5 to embellish the other edge of the bracelet. Retrace the thread path through the clasp, and then sew through the beadwork to exit one hole of an end Twin bead.
8. Pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0, and sew through the opposite hole of the next Twin bead (FIGURE 3). Repeat this stitch to embellish the center of the bracelet. End the thread.

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