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Imperial Trinkets Jewelry Set

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Imperial Trinkets Jewelry Set Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Beautiful seed beads and Swarovski bicones come together in the simple dot stitch to form beaded beads in this stunning jewelry set. The rich, magnificent colors and classic design will put you in mind of treasures found in royal jewelry boxes. Artbeads Designer Cheri experimented with mixing the color palettes of Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends and Designer Blends featuring Swarovski Crystal to achieve her Imperial Trinkets look.

Dot Stitch Technique:
These jewelry pieces were made using the dot stitch technique. See this technique in action in this Mini Tutorial. We found that the following sizes of seed beads worked well for the beaded beads. Each beaded bead has room for five loops around the core:
  • Small beaded bead: five 11/0 seed beads for the core; two 11/0 beads, two 8/0 beads or two 3mm bicones and two 6/0 beads for each loop around the core.
  • Large beaded bead: seven 11/0 beads for the core; four 11/0 beads, two 6/0 beads and two 4mm bicones for each loop around the core.
You can experiment with colors and shapes of beads if you wish. We used beads from the Vintage Valentine Designer Seed Bead Blend, Orchid 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend, the Swarovski 4mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend, the Swarovski 3mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend and the Pink Pastel 11/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend, along with TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in transparent ruby.

To Make a Small Beaded Bead:
Thread five core beads onto your thread. Add one loop of beads to the thread, then go through the core beads from the tail end to form the loop. Repeat creating loops four times. Tie the thread off on each end by weaving through the loops. We secured the thread further by tying the needle thread to a loop thread and then weaving the tail inside it to hide it from view and then trimming.

To Make a Large Beaded Bead:
Thread seven core beads onto your thread. Add one loop of beads to the thread, then go through the core beads from the tail end to form the loop. Repeat creating loops four times. Tie the thread off and secure in the same manner as you did for small beaded beads.

Making the Jewelry:
For each project, start with approximately 1 1/2 to 2 yards of thread. You will need to add thread to the project as you run out. You can do so by weaving the thread into your existing work and knotting it.

Bracelet:


Step one:
Leave a 6-inch tail on your thread and add an 11/0 seed bead from one of the Designer Blends, followed by a 4mm bicone. Make a small beaded bead using the dot stitch technique. Then, add another 4mm bicone and 11/0 seed bead. Repeat this pattern until your bracelet is the desired length.

Step two:
Sew the ends of the bracelet onto the two parts of the antique brass-plated brass small magnetic clasp. Weave any tail threads into the existing beads and knot and trim to secure. You can reinforce the bracelet by running a second thread through the beads if you like.

Earrings:


Step one:
Leave a 6-inch tail on your thread and make a small beaded bead. Add a 4mm bicone to the thread, followed by an 11/0 seed bead and a antique brass-plated earwire with coil and beaded disk. Go back through the seed bead, the bicone and the core beads of the beaded bead.

Step two:
Your thread should be coming out of the bottom of the beaded bead now. Knot the tail and needle thread together but do not trim the tail. Add a 4mm bicone and an 11/0 seed bead to the thread and then go back through the bicone and core beads to reach the top of the beaded bead again.

Step three:
Go back through the bicone, seed bead and earring finding at the top of the earring again. Then, weave the thread back into the beaded bead and knot and trim. Weave the other tail of thread into the bead and trim, as well. Repeat steps one through three to create the other earring.

Step four:
You can follow steps one through three to make the other pair of earrings, too. To create a different look, make a large beaded bead and add 11 ruby seed beads before adding the plain satin Hamilton gold-plated leverback earring. This will give the earrings a more dangling effect.

Necklace:


Step one:
Leave a 6-inch tail on your thread and add a bead stopper on the end. Then follow this pattern:
  • Make a small beaded bead
  • Add a 4mm bicone, 13 11/0 ruby seed beads, one 8/0 red seed bead, a 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 ruby seed beads and one 4mm bicone
  • Make a large beaded bead
  • Add a 4mm bicone, 13 11/0 ruby seed beads, one 8/0 red seed bead, a 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 ruby seed beads and one 4mm bicone
  • Make a small beaded bead
  • Add a 4mm bicone, 13 11/0 seed beads and one 8/0 seed bead, a 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 seed beads, one 8/0 seed bead, one 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 seed beads and one 4mm bicone
  • Make a large beaded bead
  • Add a 4mm bicone, 13 11/0 seed beads and one 8/0 seed bead, a 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 seed beads, one 8/0 seed bead, one 4mm bicone, one 8/0 seed bead, 13 11/0 seed beads and one 4mm bicone
Repeat this pattern twice or more until your necklace is the desired length.

Step two:
Weave the end of your thread into the first beaded bead in your necklace. Knot and tie off the thread and then trim. Weave the tail thread into the first beaded bead, too. Knot and tie off the thread and then trim.
Approximate Size: Bracelet - 7 Inches; Necklace - 24 Inches
Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive (STRNG-0109)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
List of Components:
Bracelet and Earrings:
Vintage Valentine Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0209, qty 1)
Orchid 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0012, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend (ADB0112, qty 1)
Pink Pastel 11/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0239, qty 1)
Antique Brass-Plated Brass Small Magnetic Clasp (CLASP-0115, qty 1)
Antique Brass-Plated Earwire with Coil and Beaded Disk (EAR-0082, qty 2)
Necklace and Earrings:
Vintage Valentine Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0209, qty 1)
Orchid 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0012, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend (ADB0112, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend (ADB0124, qty 1)
Pink Pastel 11/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0239, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Transparent Ruby (TBRD11-5C, qty 1)
Plain Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Leverback Earring (EAR-0010, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Merry Mermaids 11/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0095)
Sanibel Island 6/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0242)
Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Sandy Beaches Designer Blend (ADB0141)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Sandy Beaches Designer Blend (ADB0107)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Artbeads Vintage Valentine Designer Blend, 6/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0209
Sale Price: $4.29
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Artbeads Orchid Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0012
Sale Price: $4.24
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend
Code: ADB0112
Sale Price: $15.12
Price: $16.99
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Artbeads Pink Pastel Designer Blend, 11/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0239
Sale Price: $4.09
Price: $4.99
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B&B Benbassat Antique Brass-Plated Brass Small Magnetic Clasp
Code: CLASP-0115
Length with Bail/Loop 18.5mm, Width 10mm, Hole Size 1mm 
1-34-78+
$7.70 $6.62$7.30 $6.27$6.91 $5.94
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Antique Brass-Plated Earwire with Coil and Beaded Disk (Pair)
Code: EAR-0082
Front Length 17mm, Back Length 20mm, Hole Size 1.6mm 
1-1415-2930+
$0.83 $0.68$0.78 $0.63$0.73 $0.59
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Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Green Tea Designer Blend
Code: ADB0124
Sale Price: $12.57
Price: $16.99
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Transparent Ruby
Code: TBRD11-5C
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.21 $1.02$1.13 $0.96$1.06 $0.90
Qty>
Plain Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Leverback Earring (Pair)
Code: EAR-0010
Front Length 17mm, Back Length 13mm, Depth 9mm, Gauge 20 
1-910-1920+
$1.55 $1.28$1.46 $1.21$1.37 $1.13
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Alternate Components

Artbeads Merry Mermaids Designer Blend, 11/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0095
Sale Price: $4.29
Price: $4.99
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Artbeads Sanibel Island Designer Blend, 6/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0242
Sale Price: $3.89
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Sandy Beaches Designer Blend
Code: ADB0141
Sale Price: $14.61
Price: $16.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Sandy Beaches Designer Blend
Code: ADB0107
Sale Price: $15.29
Price: $16.99
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive
Code: STRNG-0109
Length Approx. 55 yds 
1-34-78+
$4.49 $3.72$4.17 $3.46$3.79 $3.14
Qty>
The Beadsmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.72 $2.28$2.57 $2.15$2.42 $2.03
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