Wanderlust Bracelet
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Wanderlust Bracelet

Whether you're dipping your toes into beadwork or getting serious about peyote stitch, you'll love these trendy jewelry designs by Katie Hacker for Beadalon®. Inspired by international travel and a goes-with-anything color palette, these are handmade creations you can wear everyday.
Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Beadalon® WildFire™ Frost Beading Thread, .006" Diameter
  • Artistic Wire, 20 ga. – Non-tarnish Silver
  • Cylindrical Seed Beads – Mixed Brown, Purple and Silver
  • Beadalon® Round Nose Pliers
  • Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers
  • Beadalon® Wire Cutters
  • Beadalon® Beading Needle, #10
  • Bead Stringing Glue
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 Cut a two-yard length of WildFire™ and thread it onto a needle.

Step 2 Pass through enough beads to encircle the leather strap, leaving a 2" tail.

Step 3 Pull the ends in a snug circle and tie them in a square knot.

Step 4 Pass the needle through the first bead next to the knot.

Step 5 Add a bead and pass the needle through the third bead.

Step 6 Continue to add a bead/skip a bead until you reach the end of the circle, then continue the pattern to start a new row.

Step 7 Work the tubular peyote stitch pattern for 1¼" or as long as desired. If you need to add thread at any time, just work the new thread through the last row and continue adding beads.

Step 8 To finish the peyote stitch, use the needle to weave the thread tails back through the beadwork.

Step 9 Cut a 6" length of wire and use round nose pliers to make a spiral on one end.

Step 10 Pass the wire between the peyote stitch tube and the leather bracelet, then coil the other end.

Bracelet is One Size Fits All

Making Netted Beads


Step 1 Cut an 18" length of WildFire™ and thread it onto a needle. Pass the needle through 10 seeds and tie a knot to make a beaded circle, leaving a 1" tail.

Step 2 Hold the beaded circle over one end of a 14mm ceramic bead and pass the needle through enough seeds to reach the other end (the sample uses 13).

Step 3 Holding the beaded thread in your fingers to mark your place, pass through 10 seeds. Pass the needle through the first seed to make a circle.

Step 4 Make another pass across the surface of the bead, adding 13 seeds. Continue "netting" the bead by skipping a bead on each end of the circle and adding passes across the surface of the bead.

Tips

You can use the seed bead embellishment technique to "net" different kinds of beads for a handmade look. Just make sure the holes in the beads are large enough for several passes of beading thread. Ceramic, wooden and lamp-worked beads typically have larger holes.