Sunday, April 14, 2013

Basic Brick Bracelet Tutorial

This bracelet is great on its own, but lends itself beautifully to embellish. Stitch focal beads on top, add crystals on the side or use your own creativity to give this your own twist.

Crafted by Nancy.

Supplies

  • 2 Strands of Brick or Two Hole Beads
  • 20-30 Size 8 Seed Beads
  • Decorative Button with Shank
  • Beading Thread
  • 2 Feet of .5mm Stretchy Cord
  • Glue
  • Needle
  • Scissors

1.  String about 3 feet onto your needle. String 3 bricks on your line and go back through the second hole to make a circle.


2.  Go through 3 more bricks and back through the last row of the first beads. Continue through the beads you just put on.


3.  Go through the second set of holes at the end of the string and put on 3 more beads. Go back through the last row of beads and again through the beads you just put on.


4.  Continue on with this pattern until you have reached the desired length of the bracelet. Tie off your bracelet string and thread back through some of the beads to hide your thread.


 5.  Cut 1 foot of stretchy cord. Start stringing between the second and third bead on the last row of beads.


6.  Add 2 size 8 seed beads, the button and two seed beads. Go through the first and second bricks in the last row and tie once, twice and three times. Apply glue to the knot and trim the ends.
7.  At the opposite end of the bracelet, start stringing between the second and third bead on the last row of beads, as you did at the button end.
8.  String 14 seed beads or enough to go barely around the button on the other end. You do not want to make it too tight or too loose, so try it out before you tie it off.
9.  String through the first and second bead of the last row as you did at the bottom end of the bracelet and tie off. Don't forget to apply glue to the knot and trim off ends.

Once the glue is dry, you're bracelet is ready to wear!


Want to learn how to bead and make your own jewelry? Check out our calendar of classes we offer every month here at our Bonney Lake store!

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