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Eight Colour Seed Bead Bangle - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Eight Colour Seed Bead Bangle - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Eight Colour Seed Bead Bangle - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Lindsay McDonald

Difficulty: Beginner

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Looking through my stash recently and wondering what to make, I noticed that I had lots of pots of seed beads which weren't really enough to do anything with. I chose a selection of eight colours that I liked, and this is the result. Follow my step by step tutorial and learn how to make you own. Ready? Let's Stitch! 

Materials required:
* 8 colours of size 11/0 seed  beads.
* Beading Thread (I find FireLine™ makes the finished bangle less floppy)
* Beading Needle
* Scissors
* Bead Tray, Mat or Board

For this tutorial,  LHS means left hand side RHS means right hand side

Remember that our tutorials are designed to teach you technique and bring inspiration, so your jewellery doesn't have to look exactly like the one in the tutorial. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours!

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

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1. First, on a long piece of thread, I used 4 arms length and leaving a 15cm tail, pick up 8 seed beads.

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2. Then, sew through all of the beads again to form a ring. Tie two knots to secure. Gently, squash the circle in at the sides so that there are 4 beads on either side and one at the opposite end to the knots.

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3. Next, sew up through the first 2 beads on the RHS.

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4. After that, sew down through the    2 beads nearest the knot on the LHS and give the thread a little tug so that it sits nicely between the two sides. This square of four beads forms the basis of the bangle for each colour.

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5. Repeat step 3 and pick up nine beads of the next colour in your sequence.

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6. Then, sew down through the 2 beads nearest to the knot from the first loop (in this case black beads)

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7. Next, sew up through the first 2 beads of each colour on the RHS (in this case, black then brown). Then, cross to the LHS and sew down through opposite 4 beads (brown then black).

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8. In the same way as the previous step, add the next set of 9 beads by travelling up through the first two colours, adding the 9 new coloured beads, then down through the previous 2 colours.

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9. Following this, sew up through the RHS (through the first 2 of each of the black, brown and red beads).  Then across to the LHS, closing the square together. This time sew down only through the first 2 red then brown beads.

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10. In this manner, we will continue to lengthen the bangle. From the exit point on the LHS, sew up through 4 beads on the RHS (the first 2 beads of 2 colours), add the 9 new coloured beads and sew down through 4 beads (2 colours) on the LHS. Cross to the RHS again, up to the first 2 beads of the new colour, travel across to the LHS sewing down through the 2 opposite beads to close the square of new beads and down through 2 of the previous colour beads. In this way the loops will overlap making the finished piece stronger.  From this side view we can see how the bangle progresses with each new colour. This shows one repetition of eight colours.

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11. To fit my wrist, I make nine repetitions of eight colours (which is 72 loops) this measures approximately 23cms.

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12. Finally, join the ends of the bangle together by threading through all of the sets of 2 beads on the LHS, then passing over to the RHS and sewing through all of that side. This adds extra strength to the bangle also. Tie off firmly.

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