Encore Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Crystaletts buttons are a great option for dressing up any style. Cynthia incorporated dazzling Crystaletts into her peyote stitch bracelet for a stunning design full of elegance. It's the perfect accessory for your little black dress! See more of this bracelet and other ideas for using Crystaletts in your designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Start an even-count peyote stitch bracelet by stringing 10 Miyuki 11/0 matte black round seed beads onto your thread. These beads will become the first two rows of five in your peyote stitch bracelet. To learn how to create an even-count peyote stitch, take a look at this Mini Tutorial Video with Leslie Rogalski. You can also try this bracelet with the odd-count peyote stitch, as this technique will give you a center point in each row.
Step two: The Crystaletts buttons are incorporated into the peyote stitch. You want to end up with the Crystaletts buttons spaced out evenly down the center of your bracelet. We created approximately 15 rows of peyote stitch before adding a Crystaletts 3mm Swarovski crystal button in the center of the row instead of a seed bead. We spaced out each row featuring a Crystaletts button with approximately eight rows of plain peyote stitch. We then finished our bracelet with 15 plain rows, for a bracelet sized at 6 1/2 inches. Adjust spacing and row numbers accordingly for the size you prefer.
Step three: Weave your thread through the bracelet so that it is exiting out of the last edge bead on one side. String three Miyuki 11/0 antique ivory pearl Ceylon round seed beads onto the thread. Bring your needle down through the next edge bead over and then up through the next edge bead after that. Continue adding ivory seed beads in this manner until you reach the end of the bracelet. Weave your thread to the other edge of the bracelet (or add a new thread if necessary) and repeat this step.
Step four: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the end bead in the last row of the bracelet. Add a new row of ivory seed beads to the end of the bracelet. Then, position your thread so that it is exiting the center bead in the last row of matte black beads. Add three ivory seed beads to the thread, followed by a Swarovski 8mm White round pearl and another ivory seed bead. Bring the needle back down through the pearl, the first three ivory seed beads and the center black bead. Pass the thread through this pearl closure in this manner a few more times to ensure it's secure. Finish off your thread and trim.
Step five: Add a new thread and position it at the end bead in the last row on the other end of the bracelet. Add a new row of ivory seed beads to this end of the bracelet. Then, position your thread so that it is exiting one of the ivory seed beads in the center of the row. It should be exiting away from the center of the bracelet. Add 22 ivory seed beads to the thread and bring your needle around and through the next ivory seed bead in the row. Make sure this loop fits around your pearl closure and then pass your thread through the loop several times to strengthen it. Finish off your thread and trim.
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith 12 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-05) KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Black (STRNG-0116) Perfect End Thread Burner (BURN)
List of Components: Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Matte Black 8g Bag (MR-0401F, qty 1) Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Antique Ivory Pearl Ceylon 8g Bag (MR-0592, qty 1) Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl White (5810-WHITE8, qty 1) Crystaletts 3mm Silver-Plated Button with Swarovski Crystal (BTN-410, qty 11)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Black 8g Bag (MR-0401) Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - White Opal Silver-Lined 8g Bag (MR-0551)