Hypnotic Blocks Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Sometimes the simplest of techniques are made extraordinary by the right color pattern. Cheri came up with this captivating pattern for her loomed bracelet and the results are truly enchanting. The pop of shining silver really makes the block design come alive in a mesmerizing way. Learn how to make this bracelet and add Hypnotic Blocks to your style!
Step one: Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to warp the Ricks beading loom. Watch this quick video tutorial to see how to set up the loom. This video may also be helpful when setting up the loom. Our bracelet pattern is approximately 6 3/8 inches, so we set the head and footstock approximately 160mm or 6 5/16 inches apart. Make sure to leave a warp or weft tail long enough at the start of the bracelet so that after tying threads off you can use it to sew on the clasp.
Step two: Follow the pattern in this PDF diagram when adding Miyuki Delica seed beads to the loom. This pattern is meant to be a guideline for your project. Depending on how accurate you set the length of the loom or how tight you weave, your piece could come out a row shorter or longer. If you reach the end of your bracelet and still want to add a row or two to the pattern, see this Handy Tip. This technique will allow you to add rows to the beginning of the bracelet, too. If you want to make your bracelet a different size from ours, refer to the diagram and adjust accordingly. Please see our Handy Tip on how to add weft thread to the loom if you run short part of the way through your project.
Step three: To add the 24.5x10mm gunmetal-plated 4 ring magnetic tube clasp, center the clasp at one end of the bracelet with the two parts of the clasp together. Bring the tail of your thread or a new thread between the seed beads and in line with one of the end rings on the clasp. Bring your thread through the ring and then through the seed bead to the left of where your thread began. Loop your thread through the ring again and bring the thread back through the seed bead. Your thread should be back where you started it. Loop through the ring of the clasp and then go through the seed bead to the right. Loop through the ring and go back through the seed bead, back to the center where you started. Repeat this process to reinforce the thread on the ring. Repeat for all of the rings on the clasp. Repeat this step for the other side of the bracelet, with the clasp still together. Once you get one ring attached to the end of the bracelet, you can unclasp the bracelet for easier stitching.
Tools & Supplies: The Ricks Beading Loom (TOOL-0077) KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Light Gray (STRNG-0115) The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04) EZ Bracelet Mini - Travel Size (TOOL-148)
List of Components: Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Galvanized Silver Delicas (DB0035, qty 1) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Matte Charcoal Delica Seed Beads (DB0306, qty 1) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Matte Dark Nickel Silver Delica Seed Beads (DB0321, qty 1) 24.5x10mm Gunmetal-Plated 4 Ring Magnetic Tube Clasp (CLASP-0473, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Silver Delicas 8g Bag (DB1831) Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Light Pewter Delicas 8g Bag (DB1851) Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Matte Light Pewter Delica Seed Beads 8g Bag (DB1851F) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Matte Dark Grey Delica Seed Beads (DB0307)