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Alexandria Bracelet

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Alexandria Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

This regal bracelet combines a beaded netting pattern with luxurious pink and gold colors for a look full of luxury. Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how to make the netted pattern featured in this bracelet. For a printable version of these instructions, click here. The technique is simple and the results are stunning!

Step one
Step two
Step three
Cut a length of thread that is easy to work with. Thread on a needle, and then add a stopper bead, leaving a 12-inch tail. Using the Miyuki 8/0 round seed beads in silver-lined rose bronze alabaster, make 23 rows of odd-count peyote. The strip you are creating should be five beads wide. For help with the odd-count peyote technique, please see our Mini Tutorial Video. Repeat this step so that you have two strips of peyote. These will be the ends of your bracelet. When you finish each strip, weave TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in galvanized sweet blush between the beads on the narrow ends of the strip. As the picture shows, you will add two 11/0 beads between the first peyote row on each end.Position your thread so that it is exiting out of an end bead on one of your peyote strips. Thread on the following seed bead pattern: two TOHO Takumi large-hole 11/0 bead rounds in bronze, one TOHO Takumi large-hole 11/0 bead round in frosted bronze, one TOHO 11/0 bead round in galvanized sweet blush, one TOHO 3mm bugle bead hybrid in opaque rose gold/topaz luster, one sweet blush bead, one frosted bronze bead and two bronze beads. Then, add a fire-polished 4mm bead in matte metallic flax to the thread. Repeat this pattern six times and then add another set of the seed bead pattern. Tie off one of the threads on the other peyote strip. Insert your needle into the end bead of the other peyote strip you created and then through an adjacent bead in the next row up. Then, weave your thread back down so that your needle is coming out of the next edge bead over.
Step four
Step five
Step six
Add one set of the seed bead pattern from step two to the thread. Then, add a fire-polished bead. Add another set of the seed bead pattern. Thread your needle into the second fire-polished bead on the previous strand as shown in the picture above. Continue this technique until you reach the end of the strand and then weave your needle into the peyote strip and back out of the next end bead over as you did in step three. At this point, you want to connect your strands to the fire-polished bead at the center of a loop, not one that has already been connected. This will create the net pattern. For this row, add one set of the seed bead pattern and then go through the fire-polished bead in the middle of the loop on the previous strand. Then add one set of the seed bead pattern, a fire-polished bead and another set of the seed bead pattern. Continue to the end of the strand and then weave your thread into the peyote strip.
Step seven
Step eight
To make the button and loop closures, position your thread so that it is exiting out of the third bead from the edge on the end of your bracelet. Add two bronze seed beads to the thread, followed by a Swarovski 12mm briolette bead in Light Colorado Topaz and another bronze bead. Bring your thread back down through the briolette and the first two bronze beads added, then back into the edge bead on the peyote strip. Pass your thread through the seed beads and briolette several times to strengthen them. Position your thread so that it is exiting out of the third bead from the other edge of the strip and repeat.
Step nine
On the peyote strip at the other end of your bracelet, position your thread so that it is coming out of the second bead from the edge. Add 21 bronze beads to the thread, then bring your needle down through the fourth bead over from the edge of the strip. Make sure your loop fits the button you created in the previous step and then pass through the beads several times to strengthen the loop. Repeat this step on the second bead from the other edge of the strip to make the second loop.
Continue this technique to create the rest of your beaded netting. If at any point you need to add thread, see our Starting, Ending and Adding Thread page for help.
Approximate Size: 7 Inches
Estimated Time: 4 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown (STRNG-0112)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
List of Components:
Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Silver-Lined Rose Bronze Alabaster 22g Vial (MR8-0641, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Opaque Rose Gold/Topaz Luster (TBBG3-Y184, qty 1)
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Frosted Bronze (TTR11-221F, qty 1)
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Bronze (TTR11-221, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Galvanized Sweet Blush 8g Bag (TBRD11-PF552, qty 1)
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Matte Metallic Flax (100pc Pack) (BEADS-0603, qty 1)
Swarovski 5040 12mm Briolette Bead Light Colorado Topaz (5040-LCT12, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Copper/Crystal (TBRD8-740)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Copper-Lined Alabaster (TBRD8-741)
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Opaque Gold/Smoky Topaz Luster (TBBG3-Y185)
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Apollo (TBBG3-Y851)
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Antique Bronze (TTR11-223)
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Dusty Mauve (TTR11-1071)
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Opaque Gold and Smoky Topaz Luster (100pc Pack) (FPS-LS-OGS4)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Silver-Lined Rose Bronze Alabaster 22g Vial
Code: MR8-0641
Volume Approx. 22 gram 
Sale Price: $2.94
Price: $3.39
Qty>
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Opaque Rose Gold/Topaz Luster
Code: TBBG3-Y184
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-56-1112+
$2.75 $1.59$2.59 $1.50$2.45 $1.42
Qty>
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Frosted Bronze
Code: TTR11-221F
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.26 $4.15$4.98 $3.93$4.71 $3.72
Qty>
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Bronze
Code: TTR11-221
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.61 $3.03$3.41 $2.86$3.22 $2.70
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Galvanized Sweet Blush 8g Bag
Code: TBRD11-PF552
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-78-1516+
$2.31 $1.80$2.18 $1.70$2.05 $1.59
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Matte Metallic Flax (100pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0603
Volume 100pc Pack 
1-45-910+
$3.72 $3.19$3.51 $3.01$3.32 $2.85
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 12mm Briolette Bead Light Colorado Topaz
Code: 5040-LCT12
Length 8mm, Diameter 12mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-78-1516+
$1.58 $1.18$1.49 $1.11$1.40 $1.05
Qty>

Alternate Components

TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Copper/Crystal
Code: TBRD8-740
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.81 $2.30$2.65 $2.17$2.49 $2.04
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Copper-Lined Alabaster
Code: TBRD8-741
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.81 $2.24$2.65 $2.12$2.49 $1.99
Qty>
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Opaque Gold/Smoky Topaz Luster
Code: TBBG3-Y185
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-56-1112+
$2.75$2.59$2.45
Qty>
TOHO Bead Bugle Hybrid 3mm Apollo
Code: TBBG3-Y851
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-45-910+
$3.84 $2.80$3.63 $2.64$3.42 $2.49
Qty>
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Antique Bronze
Code: TTR11-223
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.46 $2.73$3.27 $2.58$3.08 $2.43
Qty>
TOHO Takumi Large-Hole Round 11/0 Bead - Dusty Mauve
Code: TTR11-1071
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.61 $2.34$3.41 $2.21$3.22 $2.09
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Opaque Gold and Smoky Topaz Luster (100pc Pack)
Code: FPS-LS-OGS4
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-45-910+
$3.91 $3.36$3.69 $3.17$3.49 $3.00
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown
Code: STRNG-0112
Length Approx. 55 yds 
1-34-78+
$4.49 $3.77$4.17 $3.50$3.79 $3.18
Qty>
The Beadsmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.72 $2.31$2.57 $2.18$2.42 $2.05
Qty>



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