Times Square Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Teri McCamish
CzechMates brick beads can help you create contemporary style! Just look at the bracelet Teri made and you'll see these little treasures are perfect for adding new dimension to designs. Her modern bracelet is the perfect representation of a city alive with urban sophistication.
Step one: Leave a six-inch tail in your thread and tie a stopper bead onto the thread. You can use any bead as a stopper bead. Just pass the thread through the stringing hole twice and it will hold firm and can be easily removed when needed. String a CzechMates glass 3x6mm hematite 2-hole brick beads onto the thread through only one stringing hole (we will go through the second stringing hole later), followed by a TOHO 8/0 bead hex in silver-lined ruby. Repeat this pattern until all 33 brick beads are added or until the bracelet is the desired length, making sure your last bead is a brick bead. Remember to account for the button loop closure you will make later when measuring how long you want your bracelet to be.
Step two: Once your bracelet is the desired length, add three TOHO 8/0 nickel-plated silver hex beads to the thread and go back through the second hole of the last brick bead added. Add a silver-lined ruby hex bead to your thread and go through the second stringing hole of the next brick bead. Continue this process to work your way back through all of the brick beads and back to the starting point.
Step three: To add the Swarovski 10mm square button in Jet Hematite, add two Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat galvanized light pewter Delicas to the thread and then take your thread through one stringing hole of the button. String on three Delicas and take your thread through the other stringing hole of the button. Add two Delicas to the thread. Remove your stopper bead and move the tail out of the way and thread the needle into the brick bead. Knot your thread, but don't cut it. You will use the extra to complete the beaded edge. See our Handy Tip for help adding and finishing thread. Add your needle to the tail of the thread and weave it in the opposite direction through the Delicas and the button. Tie this thread off, as well.
Step four: Add an alternating pattern of silver-lined ruby hex beads and TOHO 8/0 nickel-plated silver hex beads to the outer edge of your bracelet with a single-bead backstitch. Read this Handy Tip to help get you started and instead of using two seed beads per stitch, use one.
Step five: After you add one edge of hex beads, your thread should be coming out of the stringing hole of the hex bead on the end of the bracelet. Add 24 Delicas and a hex bead to your thread. Bring your thread under and around the brick bead, so that it is coming back through the hex bead you started with. Bring your needle through four of the Delicas, add five Delicas to the thread and go back down through four Delicas and the hex bead on the other side of the loop. The Delica hole size allows for many passes of thread, which will strengthen your bracelet. Check the size of your loop to make sure it works with the button and then finish the thread so that it is secure. Repeat step four on the other side of the bracelet.
Approximate Size: 7.5 Inches Estimated Time:Less Than Two Hours Difficulty Level:Beginner
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith Smoke Grey Fireline - 125 Yards (4LB Test) (STRNG-0002) The BeadSmith 12 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-05) Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)