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Adriatic Sea Bracelet

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Adriatic Sea Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Get inspired by the Mediterranean with the gorgeous colors in this herringbone bracelet. Cynthia used seed beads from an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend to create this beauty and added in some Matubo MiniDuo beads. The unique shape of the MiniDuo beads gives the overall piece a subtle wave. Discover more inspiration for using Artbeads Designer Blends in your jewelry designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

Step one:
Create a 12-bead ladder stitch for the first row of the bracelet. See this PDF diagram to help you get started, as well as our Basic Flat Herringbone Mini Tutorial Video. Your rows will be 12 beads wide and you will create a color-blocked pattern with the Artbeads Mint to Be Designer Blend. Here is the pattern you will use:
  • Two opaque turquoise beads
  • Two opalescent turquoise beads
  • Four opalescent mint beads
  • Two opalescent turquoise beads
  • Two opaque turquoise beads


Step two:
When you get to the end of the first row, the tails of the threads will be coming out of the bottom of the beads at both ends of the row. Flip the row so that the threads are exiting from the top of the beads.

Step three:
The next row will begin the herringbone stitch. Add two opaque turquoise beads to the thread and bring the needle down through the second to the last bead in row one, as shown in the PDF above. These two new beads will set on top of the two beads below in row one. They will make a "V" shape as you pull the thread. Continue the row, following the color pattern from the first row. Add another row following the same color pattern.

Step four:
For the fourth row, add two opaque turquoise beads and two opalescent turquoise beads as usual. Then, use a Matubo MiniDuo 2x4mm bronze 2-hole seed bead instead of two opalescent mint beads. Add another MiniDuo, and then continue the row with two opalescent turquoise beads and two opaque turquoise beads. Repeat for four more rows.

Step five:
Make the next five rows with only seed beads following the same color pattern.

Step six:
Repeat steps 4-5 four times, then add five more MiniDuo rows and three seed bead only rows. If you need to add thread at any point, make sure to take a look at our Starting, Ending and Adding Thread page for some helpful tips. Stitch the last two rows together in a square stitch to even them up. Watch this Mini Tutorial video for help with the square stitch.

Step seven:
With your thread exiting out of the third seed bead in the last row of your bracelet, add a Mint to Be seed bead, followed by a Swarovski 8mm faceted round in Mocca, and a Miyuki 11/0 round seed bead in opaque metallic bronze. Come back through the crystal and the 8/0 seed bead and down into the next seed bead in the row. Loop through these beads several times to strengthen the button you just made. Repeat this step on the other side of this same row.

Step eight:
On the other end of the bracelet, make sure your thread is exiting out of the third seed beads in the row. Add a Mint to Be seed bead to the thread, followed by 21 11/0 seed beads. Bring your thread back through the 8/0 seed bead and then through the next seed bead in the row. Loop through these beads several times to strengthen the loop. Repeat this step on the other side of this same row.
Approximate Size: 6 3/4 Inches
Estimated Time: 4 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
TOHO One-G Beading Thread Mint Green 125 Yard Spool (STRNG-0418)
Tulip Bead Embroidery (Sharp) Needle No 10 Short (4 pack) (NEED-19)
List of Components:
Artbeads Mint To Be Designer Blend, TOHO 8/0 Round Seed Beads (ADB0467, qty 2)
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Bronze 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-3561, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Mocca (5000-MOC8, qty 2)
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Metallic Bronze 22g Vial (MR11-0457, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Olive with Bronze Picasso 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1917)
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Light Green Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1909)
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Yellow with Bronze Picasso 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1918)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Turquoise (5000-LTU8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Smoked Topaz (5000-TOSMK8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Colorado Topaz (5000-LCT8)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Artbeads Mint To Be Designer Blend, TOHO 8/0 Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0467
Sale Price: $4.49
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Bronze 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-3561
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.76 $5.18$5.45 $4.90$5.17 $4.65
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Mocca
Code: 5000-MOC8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73 $0.54$0.68 $0.51$0.64 $0.48
Qty>
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Metallic Bronze 22g Vial
Code: MR11-0457
Volume Approx. 22 gram 
Sale Price: $6.08
Price: $6.92
Qty>

Alternate Components

Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Olive with Bronze Picasso 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1917
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.15 $3.86$4.87 $3.65$4.61 $3.45
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Light Green Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1909
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.60 $2.70$3.39 $2.54$3.20 $2.40
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Yellow with Bronze Picasso 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1918
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.15 $4.27$4.87 $4.04$4.61 $3.82
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Turquoise
Code: 5000-LTU8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73 $0.54$0.68 $0.51$0.64 $0.48
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Smoked Topaz
Code: 5000-TOSMK8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73 $0.54$0.68 $0.51$0.64 $0.48
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Colorado Topaz
Code: 5000-LCT8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73 $0.54$0.68 $0.51$0.64 $0.48
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

TOHO One-G Beading Thread Mint Green 125 Yard Spool
Code: STRNG-0418
Length 125 Yards 
Sale Price: $5.68
Price: $8.88
Qty>
Tulip Bead Embroidery (Sharp) Needle No 10 Short (4 pack)
Code: NEED-19
1-34-78+
$5.29 $4.76$5.18 $4.66$5.06 $4.55
Qty>



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