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Flowers in bloom bracelet

Stitch Pip beads into blossoms for your wrist
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A row of Pip bead flowers adorns your wrist in a base supported with Kheops beads.
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SUPPLIES

peach bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 26 6 x 6 mm Kheops beads (jet bronze)
  • 48 5 x 7 mm Pip beads (Preciosa, pink alabaster travertine)
  • 5g 3.8 mm O-beads (matte metallic mix)
  • pearls (Swarovski)
    • 12 4 mm (powder almond)
    • 24 3 mm (rose peach)
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads (Toho PF552, sweet blush)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Toho PF551, rose gold)
  • 1 clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

silver bracelet colors

  • 6 x 6 mm Kheops beads (opaque light green luster)
  • 5 x 7 mm Pip beads (Preciosa, silver graphite rainbow)
  • 3.8 mm O-beads (graphite rainbow)
  • 4 mm Druk beads (opaque luster amethyst; use in place of pearls)
  • 3 mm pearl (Swarovski, pearl white)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho PF552, sweet blush)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 551, gilt white opal)

INSTRUCTIONS

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FIGURE 1
Click on images to enlarge.

 Strips

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a Kheops bead through the right hole (RH) from bottom to top, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. Pick up two O-beads, a 15/0 seed bead, a Pip bead, a 15/0, two O-beads, a Kheops through the left hole (LH) from top to bottom, a 15/0, an O-bead, a 3 mm pearl, an O-bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the Kheops (RH) your thread exited at the start of this step, going from bottom to top (FIGURE 1, a–b). Continue through the next eight beads to exit the other Kheops (LH) from top to bottom (b–c) using a tight tension.

3. Pick up a 15/0, an 11/0 seed bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the same Kheops, going from bottom to top (c–d).

4. Repeat steps 2–3 ending with step 2, for the desired length, allowing approximately 1 in. (2.5 cm) for the clasp (depending on the clasp size and
style). End the working thread and tail.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make another strip of equal length.

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FIGURE 2

Joining the strips

1. Attach a comfortable length of thread to the beadwork, exiting an end Pip bead, with the needle pointing toward the other end of the beadwork (FIGURE 2, point a). Place the other strip next to the first so they mirror each other.

2. Pick up a Pip bead, and sew down through the corresponding Pip bead on the other strip (a–b). Pick up a Pip bead, and sew up through the Pip bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Retrace the thread path using a tight tension (c–d).

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FIGURE 3
3. Pick up a 4 mm pearl, and sew through the corresponding Pip bead in the other strip (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew back through the 4 mm pearl, and continue through the Pip bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Sew through the beadwork as shown to exit the next Pip bead on this strip (c–d).

4. Repeat steps 2–3 for the length of the strips. End the thread.
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FIGURE 4

Clasp

1. Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to your beadwork, exiting the end Kheops as shown (FIGURE 4, point a). Pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the same Kheops (a–b). Pick up two O-Beads, a 15/0, a 3 mm pearl, a 15/0, and two O-Beads, and sew through the open hole of the corresponding Kheops on the opposite side (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the other hole of the same Kheops (c–d).

2. Sew through the beadwork to exit the pearl added in the previous step (point e). Pick up three 11/0s, the loop of a clasp, and three 11/0s, and sew through the pearl your thread exited at the start of this step (e–f).

3. Retrace the thread path of steps 1–2 to reinforce, and end the thread.

4. Work as in steps 1–3 to attach the other half of the clasp to the other end of the bracelet.

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