Emerald City Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Swarovski's stairway beads are full of urban beauty. Pair those beads with a sparkling green color that the Pacific Northwest is familiar with and you have the perfect representation of Seattle — our very own Emerald City. Tall skyscrapers stand with lush evergreens, while droplets of rain add sparkle to every part of the city. These elements are all perfectly represented by the rectangular facets and rich green shine of the stairway beads and the glistening sparkle of the Crystal rounds and bicones. Learn how to make this bracelet and carry a piece of the Emerald City with you always.
Step one: Lay out your beads in the pattern shown in this PDF before you start stringing them. The Swarovski 10mm Dark Moss Green 2-hole stairway beads have a different facet pattern on each side. Make sure the facet patterns are facing the way you want.
Step two: Cut a two-yard length of thread and thread on a needle. String two Swarovski 3mm Crystal Faceted Rounds onto the thread, followed by a Swarovski 10mm Crystal faceted round. Add another 3mm Crystal faceted round and bring the thread back through the 10mm round and the two 3mm rounds after it. Make sure you leave a long tail in your thread and add a bead stopper to the tail. String on a Swarovski 5mm Crystal faceted round, followed by a 3mm Crystal faceted round. Next, you will string on 13 stairway beads and 12 Swarovski 3mm XILION Dark Moss Green bicones in an alternating pattern. Refer to the above PDF to see the alternating pattern and to know which stringing hole of the stairway beads to use.
Step three: Add a 3mm Crystal faceted round to your thread. String on a 5mm Crystal faceted round, followed by 13 3mm Crystal faceted rounds. Bring your thread back through the 5mm Crystal faceted round and add another 3mm Crystal faceted round.
Step four: Add two 5mm Crystal faceted rounds to your thread, followed by a Swarovski 3mm XILION Crystal bicone. Then, take your thread through the open stringing hole of the stairway bead that matches up with the pattern in the PDF. Add another 3mm Crystal bicone and two 5mm Crystal faceted rounds, followed by another 3mm Crystal bicone. Bring your thread through the next stairway bead. Continue this pattern until you reach the 5mm Crystal faceted round at the other end of your bracelet.
Step five: Now you are going to go back through the entire bracelet with your thread and create knots in certain places for extra reinforcement. Refer to the PDF to see where we knotted our thread. When you get back around the bracelet and to the beginning, weave the two tails into the beads until they meet, then tie them together. Weave the excess tails into the beads and trim.
Step six: Repeat step two for the next half of the bracelet. For half of the pattern, you will use stairway beads that are already part of the bracelet. Refer to the PDF to see where to add new stairway beads. Repeat steps three through five to finish the bracelet.
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 50 Yards (8LB Test) (STRNG-0066)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
The BeadSmith 4-Pack Long English Beading Needle Assortment (NEED-08)
Bead Stopper Mini 4-Pack - Red Tips (BEADSTPR-11)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)