Bijou Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
This stunning bracelet combines layers of soutache with dazzling cup chain and eye-catching gleams of silver light. Pops of green color complete the fabulous look. This bracelet is a treat to look at with all of its glittering style. Follow the steps to make this bracelet and learn new techniques for incorporating beads and cup chain into your soutache designs.
Step One: Refer to the instructions listed in the Using Cup Chain in Soutache Handy Tip for help with steps 1-4 of this bracelet. To begin, use Gem-Tac to adhere the 25x18mm lime Lucite oval cabochon to bead backing. Allow to dry.
Step two: Cut a length of the Swarovski rhodium-plated cup chain with 1028 PP11 XIRIUS Crystals so that it includes 28 stones. Use Gem-Tac to position it around the cabochon and allow to dry.
Step three: Stitch the cup chain around the cabochon as illustrated in the Handy Tip referenced above. Trim any excess bead backing.
Step four: Attach two layers of The BeadSmith soutache ornamental rayon braid in navy blue around each side of the cup chain.
Step five: Wrap the ends of the soutache layers around a Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Crystal Comet Argent Light Full Coat. See our Soutache Basics Part One Handy Tip for help with this technique. The ends should meet at the elongated end of the oval cabochon. Repeat this step for the remaining three ends of soutache layers.
Step six: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the top of the end of a soutache layer wrapped around a crystal. Add a TOHO 15/0 bead round in opaque sour apple to the thread, followed by a 4mm Crystal Comet Argent Light round and another sour apple TOHO. Attach the beads to the other soutache ends wrapped around a crystal. Repeat this for the soutache ends on the other side of the cabochon.
Step seven: Now you are going to add a beaded edge to the focal. See our Handy Tip for embellishing soutache with a beaded edge for more instruction. For each part, string on a Crystal Comet Argent Light round and a sour apple TOHO. There will be ten crystals on each side of the cabochon.
Step eight: See the Using Cup Chain in Soutache Handy Tip to complete this step. Cut a section of cup chain with 20 stones. Use the navy blue soutache and The BeadSmith soutache ornamental rayon braid in ivy to make two curved soutache sections around the cup chain, as illustrated in the Handy Tip. Repeat this step so that you have two curved cup chain sections.
Step nine: Attach one curved section to each end of the soutache focal.
Step ten: Sew seven Crystal Comet Argent Light rounds between one layer of navy blue soutache. Add two more layers of navy blue soutache to the outside. Before you add the last layer, slip a 925/10 silver-filled 18 gauge 5mm open jump ring onto the layer so that is positioned at the top of the crystals. Curl each end of the soutache to the back and secure. Repeat this step to make another strip of soutache and beads.
Step eleven: Cut a piece of suede to size to cover the back of the focal. Sew it to the back. You can use more bead backing to fill in the uneven spaces on the back of the focal. See our Soutache Basics Part Two Handy Tip for more instruction on this. Cut pieces of suede to size to cover the back of the soutache and beads ends, too.
Step twelve: Attach one of the soutache and beads ends to a curved section of the focal by adding a Crystal Comet Argent Light round to the end of each curl and sewing them into place. Repeat for the other side of the bracelet.
Tools & Supplies: Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive (GEMTAC)
GS Hypo Fabric Cement (GS-HYPO-F)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread Assortment 12 55 yd Spools - Dark Colors (STRNG-0117)
The BeadSmith 4.25x5.5-Inch White Bead Backing (EMB-0022)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
The BeadSmith 11 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-10 )
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
List of Components: 25x18mm Lime Lucite Oval Cabochon (EMBMT-0326, qty 1)
Swarovski 27004 Rhodium-Plated Bezel Chain with 1028 PP11 XIRIUS Crystal (27004-RCRY11PP, qty 1)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Navy Blue (EMB-0032, qty 1)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Ivy (EMB-0038, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal Comet Argent Light Full Coat (5000-CALC4, qty 44)
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Opaque Sour Apple (TBRD15-44, qty 1)
Montana Blue Suede Oval Inserts (Pack of 2) (EMBMT-0308, qty 1)
JBB Sterling Silver Round Magnetic Clasp (ISCL-0028, qty 1)
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (find-0685, qty 2)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .150 inches (0.90 x 3.90mm) (ss-ojr35-a, qty 14)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: 25x18mm Mango Lucite Oval Cabochon (EMBMT-0327)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Saffron Orange (EMB-0052)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Royal Blue (EMB-0031)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Transparent Medium Orange (TBRD11-10BF)
Swarovski 5328 3mm XILION Bicone Crystal CAL (5328-CAL3)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal CAL (5328-CAL4)