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Trick-or-Treat Trail Bracelet

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Trick-or-Treat Trail Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Make your way down a peyote-stitch path this Halloween with our Trick-or-Treat Trail bracelet. Flecks of colorful seed beads are scattered in among the matte black bracelet, while festive fringe creates a bright backdrop. This bracelet is sure to sweeten your holiday style! You can see more of it and other Halloween ideas in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

Step one:
Start an odd-count peyote bracelet 21 beads wide using the TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in matte opaque black. For help with odd-count peyote stitch, please see our Mini-Tutorial video. Make sure to add flecks of color into the stitch with the Halloween Designer Seed Bead Blend. Stitch the bracelet until it is the desired length. For a seven inch bracelet, our peyote band measures 6 3/4 inches, not counting buttons and loops.

To Add the Buttons and Loops:


Step two:
Stitch up and exit out of the fourth bead of the second row on one end of the bracelet. Add two matte black TOHOs to the thread, followed by a TierraCast black finish pewter skull bead and another matte black TOHO. Bring your needle back down through the skull bead, the first two matte black TOHOs and the other side of the fourth bead. Pass through the TOHOs and skull beads several times, making sure the thread is tight and secure. Weave your needle over to the eighth end bead and add TOHOs and a skull bead in the same manner. Tie a knot at the end of the row and weave through a few beads to hide the knot and thread. Trim any excess thread.

Step three:
Start a new thread on the other end of the bracelet, exiting out of the fourth bead in the second to last row. Add 23 seed beads onto the thread. These will be mostly matte black TOHOs with a couple seed beads from the Halloween Designer Seed Bead Blend thrown in. Bring your needle back down through the first bead added and back through the other side of the fourth bead. Make sure your loop fits nicely around the skull bead. Then, pass through the loop three more times, making sure the thread is tight and secure. Weave your needle over to the eighth end bead to the right and create another loop in the same manner.

Long Fringe:


Step four:
Weave your thread through the bracelet so that it exits out of the end bead on one edge. Then, follow this pattern to make the fringe:
  • Add five Halloween seed beads, followed by a bicone from the Swarovski 4mm Bicone Neon Halloween Designer Blend and a matte black TOHO. Bring your needle back down through the bicone, the Halloween seed beads and the edge bead. Bring your needle up through the next edge bead over.
  • Add a Halloween seed bead to the thread, followed by a matte black TOHO, a Halloween seed bead and a matte black TOHO. Bring your thread back down through the first three seed beads added and the edge bead. Bring your needle up through the next edge bead over.
  • Add three Halloween seed beads to the thread, followed by a Halloween bicone and a matte black TOHO. Bring your needle back down through the bicone and the first three seed beads, then up through the next edge bead over.
  • Add three Halloween seed beads to the thread followed by a matte black TOHO. Bring your needle back down through the first three seed beads, then up through the next edge bead over.
Repeat this pattern for all of this edge.

Short Fringe:


Step five:
Weave your thread to the end bead on the other edge of the bracelet. Follow this pattern to create the fringe on this side:
  • Add one Halloween seed bead, one Halloween bicone and one matte black TOHO to the thread. Bring your thread back down through the bicone, the Halloween seed bead, and the edge bead. Then, bring your needle up through the next edge bead over.
  • Add a Halloween seed bead, a matte black TOHO and another Halloween seed bead to the thread. Bring your needle down through the next edge bead over and up through the next edge bead over after that.
Repeat this pattern until the entire edge is covered. Secure your thread and trim any excess thread.
Approximate Size: 7 Inches
Estimated Time: 8 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Black (STRNG-0116)
The BeadSmith 13 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-06)
List of Components:
Halloween Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0085, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Neon Halloween Designer Blend (ADB0109, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Opaque Black (TBRD11-610, qty 3)
TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Skull Bead (BKO-5685, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Neon Halloween Designer Blend (ADB0121)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Matte Black Delicas (DB0310)
Swarovski 5000 10mm Faceted Round Jet (5000-JET10)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Halloween Designer Seed Bead Blend
Code: ADB0085
Price: $4.99
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Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Neon Halloween Designer Blend
Code: ADB0109
Price: $16.99
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Opaque Black
Code: TBRD11-610
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.19$1.09$1.00
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TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Skull Bead
Code: BKO-5685
Length 10mm, Width 10mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.43$1.32$1.22
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Alternate Components

Swarovski 5328 3mm Bicone Neon Halloween Designer Blend
Code: ADB0121
Price: $16.99
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Matte Black Delicas
Code: DB0310
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$4.18$3.88$3.60
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 10mm Faceted Round Jet
Code: 5000-JET10
Diameter 10mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.04$0.96$0.88
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Black
Code: STRNG-0116
Length 55 yds 
1-34-78+
$4.49 $3.81$4.17 $3.54$3.79 $3.22
Qty>
The BeadSmith 13 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-06
Length 1.75 inches, Size 13 
1-56-1112+
$2.47$2.29$2.12
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