We’ve been eagerly waiting to share Joy Wignall’s beautiful bracelet design with you! Joy has used both the 8mm and new 12mm sizes of the Preciosa candy beads, along with twin hole beads and Toho seed beads to make this show-stopping piece that shimmers in purple and gold. You know when you’re holding a quality piece of handmade jewellery when it has a satisfying weight to it and Joy’s bracelet does exactly that. Not to mention the texture! The softness of the matte candy beads against the shiny ones gives the whole bracelet a silky finish that’s truly irresistible to the touch!
The bracelet will be made up of five sections and measures 18cm including the clasp. I started making the bracelet the first time using KO thread but I wasn’t happy with the finish and found that using Fireline thread gave a much better appearance. The candy beads have two holes running through them, it is easier to pick up the beads to begin your work if you check the holes are positioned correctly before you begin. – Joy Wignall
Toho Size 11 Round Seed Beads Gold Lined Rainbow Black Diamond (11TR999)
Toho Size 8 Round Seed Beads Inside Colour Rainbow Roasaline Opaque (8TR928)
Gold Plated Brass Toggle Clasp with Crown 22x24mm (F0209)
Preciosa Twin Hole Seed Beads Bronze Lined Crystal Clear (TWH68106)
Preciosa Big Candy Czech Twin Hole Frosted Purple (BG0724)
Preciosa Pressed Glass Candy Twin Hole Beads Purple/Copper (BG0450)
Fireline 6lb Side D Smoke Grey (TC300)
Step 1: Using a comfortable length of thread pick up 1 large candy, 1 twin hole, 1 small candy, 1 twin hole and repeat, (8 beads in total).
Step 2: Tie in a circle leaving approx 15cm tail to weave in later. Stitch through all the beads again to reinforce then go through first large candy added.
Step 3: Pick up a twin hole, go through the top hole of the twin bead. Pick up another twin hole and go through bottom hole of candy, repeat 3 more times.
Step 4: Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and 1 x size 8 seed bead, take the needle back through the top holes of the two twin beads and back through the size 8 bead, in a circular motion, repeat this circle to reinforce. Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and through top hole of next candy bead. Repeat 3 more times.
Go all the way round the outside of the work again three times in total. If you have a good length of thread left leave it to use to attach the clasp at the end otherwise weave thread through the work, adding a few half hitch knots along the way and cut off. Weave tail in, again with a few half hitch knots and cut off. This completes the first section of the bracelet.
To make each section repeat steps 1 to 3 but for step 4 see below:
Step 4: Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and 1 x size 8 seed bead, take the needle back through the top holes of the two twin beads and back through the size 8 bead, in a circular motion, repeat this circle. Pick up 4 x 1 seed beads and through top hole of next candy bead. Repeat 2 more times, you should be exiting a large candy bead, you will now join this section to the bracelet. Pick up 4 x size 11 and 1 x size 8 seed beads, go back through top holes of twin beads and back through size 8, as before and repeat. Now position the group next to the previous one, as shown, and go through the 4 x size 11 on the previous group, then through top of small candy of section just being made. Go all the way around the work again 3 times to make the join secure. Weave thread through the work, adding a few half-hitch knots along the way and cut off. Weave tail in, again with a few half hitch knots and cut off.
Step 5: To add the clasp if you have enough thread left work around the beads until exiting the size 8 seed bead on the corner and pick up 2 size 11 seed beads and one side of clasp, back through 2 seed beads and through size 8 seed bead, again in circular motion, repeat this three times for strength then weave remaining thread into work with half hitch knots and cut off remaining.
Repeat for the other side of the clasp. If you did not have enough thread left, weave an additional length of thread into the work, with half-hitch knots along the way until you are exiting the size 8 seed bead on the corner and follow step 5 to complete your bracelet.