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Dagger Bead Bracelet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Dagger Bead Bracelet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Lindsay McDonald

Difficulty: Beginner

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You will be sure to stand out in the crowd with this exclusive and original design by Lindsay McDonald. Follow her fabulous step by step tutorial to make a stunning bracelet with various shapes and shades of pressed glass bead. 

I hope you enjoy making this bracelet. I wanted to combine some of the gorgeous, new Dagger beads from Beads Direct with some Kite beads and Arcos Par Pucas. I was really pleased with the result, I hope you are too!  Lindsay x

What you will need:
*25 Dagger Beads - 2 colours
*22 Kite Beads
*24 Arcos Par Puca Beads
*Size 11/0 round seed beads
*12 4mm Fire polished Beads
*2mm bicones 
*Silver plated lobster clasp
*Silver plated extension chain
*Silver plated jump rings
*Beading Thread (I used purple KO)
*2 needles
*Scissors
*Pliers

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not exactly match the 'Products List'.

Step 1

On a long length of thread, I used 4 arms length. Thread each end with a needle. Pick up 4 seed beads, a lobster clasp, then 3 seed beads.

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Making sure that the beads and clasp are at the centre of the thread. Pass the needle through the first seed bead picked up the opposite way than it was first threaded, so it forms a loop.

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With each needle, pick up 3 seed beads

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Now we are going to make the body of the bracelet using a repeated pattern of beads. With the rounded side of the Arcos Par Puca (APP) facing, thread each needle through the two outer holes.

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Then, with each needle pick up a Dagger Bead (DB) passing the needles through the holes neatest to the end of the beads.

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Next, pick up an APP, passing the needles through the outer holes but with the bead the opposite way round than the previous one.

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After that, with each needle pick up a Kite Bead (KB) using the hole at the blunter end.

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This set of six beads forms the repeating element of the bracelet. Repeat 10 more times (or until the required length)

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Then, to match the other end of the bracelet, add an APP, 2 DB and a final APP. Follow this with 4 seed beads on one needle and 3 on the other.

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Step 10

Using the needle containing 3 seed beads, pass it through the fourth seed bead added on the other needle. It must pass the opposite way than before.

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Step 11

Snuggle the seed beads down nice and tightly so that the beads in the whole piece are neat.

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Step 12

On one of the needles, pick up 3 seed beads, a length of extension chain and 3 more seed beads. Pass this needle through the top seed bead of the triangle formed in step 11. Then, pass through the 3 seed beads at one side of the triangle.

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Pull the thread to form a loop as we did at the other end containing the lobster clasp.

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With the other needle, sew through all of the seed beads and extension chain on the loop just formed. Then through the 3 seed beads on the other side of the triangle.

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Pass each needle through the nearest hole in the APP, the DB and the next APP.

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Now, we need to swap the needles over. Pass the needle which has just exited one of the outer holes of the APP up into the other outer hole of the same bead. Back through the DB and the final APP.

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Next, insert both needles (or one at a time if necessary) through the centre hole of the APP. Pick up a Fire Polished Bead (FP) and sew through the centre hole of the next APP.

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Continue adding FP beads, passing through them and the centre holes of the APPs until the needles exit the centre hole of the first added APP.

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Step 19

One at a time, pass the needles into the seed bead triangle and through the loop, following the green line which is drawn over the beads in the photograph. This will strengthen it. On each side add 3 seed beads.

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Step 20

Down each side of the piece, pass the needle through the outer hole of the DB, pick up a 2mm bicone, then through the outer hole of the KB.

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Step 21

Continue in the same way, adding the 2mm bicones between the KB and DB down each side of the bracelet. Pass through the final DB on each side and pick up 3 seed beads.

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Step 22

As in step 19, pass the needles through the work to strengthen it.

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Step 23

Now, with both needles, pass through the outer hole of the DB. Using one needle, pick up 5 seed beads, a 2mm bicone and 4 seed beads (you may need to adjust the amount of seed beads to make your work sit correctly, hence me using 5 seed beads then 4. It was a bit too baggy with 5 on each side). Then pass through the DB shown in the photograph.

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With the other needle, pick up 5 seed beads, pass the opposite way through the 2mm bicone and pick up 4 seed beads. Pass the needle through the nearest DB (outer hole) so thet the seed beads and bicone form a cross.

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Continue in this way until you have travelled to the other end of the bracelet, forming seed bead/bicone crosses over the two APPs.

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Step 26

With each needle separately, sew up the 6 seed beads on one side of the triangle, through the seed bead which joins the triangle to the loop, then down the other side of the triangle.

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Step 27

Down each side of the piece. Pass through the outer hole of the DB, the bicone and the outer hole of the KB. Then, pick up 5 seed beads.

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Step 28

Insert the needle back into the KB in the same direction it has just entered. This will form a loop of seed beads around the pointed edge of the KB.

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Continue in this way down each side of the piece forming a loop around each KB.

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Step 30

Pass one needle around the piece so that it meets the other thread. Tie off the two threads securely.

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Step 31

Using two pairs of pliers, gently open the jump ring and slip An APP (or alternative bead) onto it. Join the jump ring to the end of the extension chain.

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