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Besties Bracelets

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Besties Bracelets Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Best friends are always coming up with secret ways to communicate with each other. Why not try it with jewelry? These bracelets feature Morse code messages within the bead pattern. Use them to spell out names of friends, fun phrases and other words to add some personality to your style. This is a great project for moms and daughters to do together!

Step one:
Choose what word, name or phrase you want to spell out and use our Morse code translator tool below to translate it into Morse code.

Step two:
To make a bracelet in this style spelling out your own chosen phrase, choose Miyuki 11/0 Delica seed beads in three different colors. You will need a background color, a dot color and a dash color. Use Miyuki 11/0 metallic galvanized silver Delicas between the dots and dashes. Use one bead for a dot, two beads for a dash and three beads in the background color between each letter. Use five or more beads in the background color between words. Begin your bracelet and end it with the background color, as well.

Step three:
We have created a PDF worksheet for calculating how many beads you will need for your bracelet, including the message spacers, and background color. Measure your wrist and subtract half of an inch. Multiply this measurement by 20 (there are about 20 11/0 Miyuki Delicas in one inch). This is the total number of beads you will need for the bracelet.

Step four:
We have provided space on the worksheet above for you to sketch the layout of your bracelet, including the message, silver spacers, and background beads between the letters and words. You don't need to include the background beads before and after the message. See our sample PDF worksheet as a reference on how to do this.

Step five:
Count the number of the beads you sketched out within the message, including the silver beads and the background beads. Subtract this number of beads from the total amount needed for the bracelet and then split this number in half. That's how many beads you will need for the beginning and end of your bracelet. You can use the worksheet to calculate these totals. Make sure to take a look at our filled out sample worksheet if you need more help.

Step six:
Now you're ready to start making the bracelet. Remove all of the Griffin No. 7 silk bead cord in the color of your choice from the card. If you want to avoid kinked cord, iron your cord before you make the bracelet. Tie a knot about one inch from the end of the cord (the end without a needle attached).

Step seven:
Thread one seed bead in the background color onto the cord, followed by a sterling silver 2x2mm twisted crimp tube. Tie another knot in the cord about two inches or more away from the first knot. Make sure the bead and crimp that you added are between the two knots.

Step eight:
String the pattern for your bracelet onto the cord, starting with the background color number you calculated in step five, your message and then the background color again. Tie another knot up close to the last bead added.

Step nine:
Thread the needle attached to the cord back up through the crimp tube. Cinch the crimp tube up to the two knots at both ends of the beaded section. Add one last bead in the background color for the tail and make another knot to match the same length of the first side of the bracelet. Trim both tails to the same length and twist to create a frayed look if desired. Repeat these steps to make as many Morse Code bracelets as you want!

Morse Code Chart
Approximate Size: Adjustable
Estimated Time: 1/2 Hour
Difficulty Level: Beginner

List of Components:
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Twisted Crimp Tube (SS-CRM6, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Galvanized Silver Delicas (DB0035, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Trans Lt Blue Delicas (DB0706, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Berry Smoothie (DB1514, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Lime Green Delica Seed Beads (DB0763, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Peaches n Cream (DB1512, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Turquoise Green Delica Seed Beads (DB0759, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Orange Delica Seed Beads (DB0752, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Arctic Blue (DB1517, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Pea Green Delica Seed Beads (DB0754, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Semi-Matte Deep Rose Delicas (DB0800, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Dark Blue (GSILK7DB, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Coral (GSILK7CL, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Jade Green (GSILK7JD, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Light Pink (GSILK7LP, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Amethyst (GSILK7AM, qty 1)
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Turquoise (GSILK7TQ, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
2x2mm Gold-Filled Twisted Crimp Tube Bead (GF-TUBE03)
Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Gold Delicas 8g Bag (DB1832)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Twisted Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM6
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.20 $0.17$0.18 $0.16$0.17 $0.15
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Galvanized Silver Delicas
Code: DB0035
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$6.48 $5.77$6.14 $5.46$5.82 $5.18
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Trans Lt Blue Delicas
Code: DB0706
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
Price: $3.92
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Berry Smoothie
Code: DB1514
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$5.16 $4.57$4.89 $4.33$4.63 $4.10
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Lime Green Delica Seed Beads
Code: DB0763
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$4.22 $3.70$3.99 $3.50$3.77 $3.31
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Peaches n Cream
Code: DB1512
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$5.16 $4.57$4.89 $4.33$4.63 $4.10
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Turquoise Green Delica Seed Beads
Code: DB0759
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$4.22 $3.74$3.99 $3.53$3.77 $3.34
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Orange Delica Seed Beads
Code: DB0752
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$4.22 $3.74$3.99 $3.54$3.77 $3.34
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Arctic Blue
Code: DB1517
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$5.16 $4.54$4.89 $4.30$4.63 $4.07
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Pea Green Delica Seed Beads
Code: DB0754
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$4.22 $3.75$3.99 $3.54$3.77 $3.35
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Semi-Matte Deep Rose Delicas
Code: DB0800
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$4.60 $4.04$4.35 $3.82$4.11 $3.61
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Dark Blue
Code: GSILK7DB
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.67$1.79 $1.58$1.69 $1.49
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Coral
Code: GSILK7CL
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.59$1.79 $1.51$1.69 $1.42
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Jade Green
Code: GSILK7JD
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.59$1.79 $1.51$1.69 $1.42
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Light Pink
Code: GSILK7LP
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.63$1.79 $1.55$1.69 $1.46
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Amethyst
Code: GSILK7AM
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.65$1.79 $1.56$1.69 $1.47
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 7 (0.75mm) Turquoise
Code: GSILK7TQ
Diameter .75mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.64$1.79 $1.55$1.69 $1.46
Qty>

Alternate Components

2 x 2mm Gold-Filled Twisted Crimp Tube Bead
Code: GF-TUBE03
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.42 $0.36$0.39 $0.33$0.36 $0.30
Qty>
Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Gold Delicas 8g Bag
Code: DB1832
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-23-56+
$8.63 $7.68$8.19 $7.29$7.78 $6.92
Qty>



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