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Serpent Song Bracelet

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Serpent Song Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

MiniDuo beads create a beautiful diamond pattern in this exceptional bracelet idea! The tapered shapes are perfect for creating a larger diamond focal at the center of the bracelet. Learn how to make this bracelet and start adding MiniDuo beads to your jewelry designs!

Step one:
Start with a comfortable length of thread, approximately one to two yards. Add a bead stopper to one end, leaving a tail long enough to do the loop closure later.

Step two:
Follow this PDF diagram for the bead count and color pattern for your bracelet. Stringing through just one hole of the MiniDuos, add one MiniDuo 2x4mm light green metallic suede 2-hole seed bead (bead 1 in Fig. 2 in the diagram), one Miyuki 11/0 round Duracoat galvanized eggplant seed bead (bead 2), one MiniDuo 2x4mm prairie green luster 2-hole seed bead (bead 3), one 11/0 seed bead (bead 4), one prairie green MiniDuo (bead 5), one 11/0 seed bead (bead 6), and one metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 7) to the thread.

Step three:
Go through the second stringing hole of the last metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 7) to start the second row of the bracelet. Add a prairie green MiniDuo (bead 8) to the thread and then go through the second stringing hole of the existing prairie green MiniDuo (bead 5). Add another prairie green MiniDuo (bead 9) and then go through the second stringing hole of the existing prairie green MiniDuo (bead 3). Add another prairie green MiniDuo (bead 10) and go through the second stringing hole of the existing metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 1) to end the row.

Step four:
Add an 11/0 seed bead (bead 11) and one stringing hole of a metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 12) to the thread, then go through the existing prairie green MiniDuo (bead 10) to continue the next row. Add one prairie green MiniDuo (bead 13) and go through the existing prairie green MiniDuo (bead 9). Add one prairie green MiniDuo (bead 14) and go through the existing MiniDuo (bead 8). Add one metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 15) and one 11/0 seed bead (bead 16) to the thread. This time we are going to circle backwards. Go through the second hole of the previous metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 7) and the first hole of adjacent prairie green MiniDuo (bead 8). Then bring your thread up between the beads, go though the top hole of the same prairie green MiniDuo (bead 8) and then out of the bottom hole of the last metallic suede MiniDuo (bead 15) that was added. Then, thread the needle through the second hole of this bead (bead 15) to get ready for the next row. Note that you will circle around like this every time you come to this outside edge of the straight sections of the design. This should be the edge that does not have the stopper bead.

Step five:
Continue making your bracelet following the color pattern in Fig. 1 of the PDF diagram. When you get to the fourth diamond in your pattern, stop and refer to Fig. 3 in the diagram. Note that the last bead of the last small diamond pattern is highlighted in this image. Continue in the same manner to add beads 1, 2, and 3 as the start of the large diamond. Note the red dot in the Fig. 3. After you pass through the bead marked with the red dot in the image (after adding bead 3), you will begin increasing the stitch with bead 4. Follow the diagram for the thread path to increase and then decrease the beads. The beads are numbered to show you which beads to add next and where.

Step six:
From bead 52 on, create a mirror image of the bead pattern on the other side of the larger center diamond. Bead 59 will be the first bead in the next small diamond pattern on this side of the bracelet.

Step seven:
To add the button, make sure your thread is coming out of the center seed bead on the end of the bracelet. Add two 11/0 seed beads to the thread, followed by the Swarovski 12x6mm double spike in Crystal Paradise Shine and another 11/0 seed bead. Go back down through the spike bead. Add two more seed beads and weave your thread back into the bracelet. Secure and trim your thread. This step is illustrated in Fig. 4 in the diagram.

Step eight:
Remove the stopper bead from the tail of your thread and use the tail to add the loop closure. Make sure the thread is coming out of the center seed bead on the end. Add an 11/0 seed bead, and then go through one hole of a metallic suede MiniDuo. Then, add 18 11/0 seed beads and go through the second hole of the MiniDuo. Add one 11/0 seed bead to the thread and weave your thread back into the bracelet. Secure and trim your thread. This step is illustrated in Fig. 5 in the diagram.
Approximate Size: 7 1/2
Estimated Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
TOHO One-G Beading Thread Green 50 Yard Spool (STRNG-0401)
List of Components:
MiniDuo 2x4mm Prairie Green Luster 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1897, qty 1)
MiniDuo 2x4mm Purple Velvet Pearl Coat 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1902, qty 1)
MiniDuo 2x4mm Light Green Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1909, qty 1)
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant 22g Vial (MR11-4220, qty 1)
Swarovski 5747 12x6mm Double Spike Crystal Paradise Shine (5747-CPS12, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5747 12x6mm Double Spike Bead Crystal Lilac Shadow (5747-CLS12)
TOHO One-G Beading Thread 12 Color Assortment with Case (STRNG-0399)
MiniDuo 2x4mm Opaque Olive 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1905)
MiniDuo 2x4mm Pink Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1914)
MiniDuo 2x4mm Opaque Amethyst Luster 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag (BEADS-1924)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Prairie Green Luster 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1897
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.92$3.70$3.49
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Purple Velvet Pearl Coat 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1902
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.70$5.40$5.12
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Light Green Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1909
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.60$3.39$3.20
Qty>
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant 22g Vial
Code: MR11-4220
Volume Approx. 22 gram 
Price: $6.31
Qty>
Swarovski 5747 12 x 6mm Double Spike Crystal Paradise Shine
Code: 5747-CPS12
Length 12mm, Width 6mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.22$1.14$1.07
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5747 12 x 6mm Double Spike Bead Crystal Lilac Shadow
Code: 5747-CLS12
Length 12mm, Width 6mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.22$1.14$1.07
Qty>
TOHO One-G Beading Thread 12 Color Assortment with Case
Code: STRNG-0399
Length 50 yds each 
Price: $42.72
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Olive 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1905
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.88$3.66$3.46
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Pink Metallic Suede 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1914
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$3.60$3.39$3.20
Qty>
Matubo MiniDuo 2 x 4mm Opaque Amethyst Luster 2-Hole Seed Bead 10g Bag
Code: BEADS-1924
Volume Approx. 10 grams 
1-45-910+
$4.34$4.10$3.88
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The Beadsmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.72$2.57$2.42
Qty>
TOHO One-G Beading Thread Green 50 Yard Spool
Code: STRNG-0401
Length 50 yds 
Price: $4.38
Qty>



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