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How to make a beaded bracelet - SuperDuo™ bangle bracelet

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How to make a beaded bracelet - SuperDuo™ bangle bracelet

Designed by: Paula Ziemska

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We invite you to a jewellery making tutorial, in which Paula Ziemska will show you how to make a bracelet from SuperDuo™ beads. With this tutorial you can make a bangle or a bracelet with a classic clasp - it's all up to you. One thing is for sure - the bracelet is a joy to make, and the effect is so cool that it is perfect for a handmade gift for a loved one. You can use our winter, cool blue tones or, of course, warm it up with your own colour choices.

Making this bracelet is easy, simple, pleasant and quick. Once you have practiced, a single-color bracelet can be easily made in about 2 hours. Ready? Let's stitch!

Materials required to make the bangle:
Matubo SuperDuo™ beads - can be one colour or more. Paula used 5 colours to better show you the spiral effect. For a wrist with a circumference of 15 cm, we will need about 155/160 SuperDuo beads
TOHO™ Round Beads - size 11/0 and 15/0
Beading Thread - Paula used monofilament thread 0.15mm. You can replace the monofilament thread with one-g or S-Lon aa thread
Jewellery Needle - size 10 is ideal

Optionally, if you would prefer to make a bracelet with a clasp, you will also need:
End Caps - with a hole of 10 or 11mm
Glue
Jump Rings - approx 5mm
Lobster Clasp - approx12mm
Charm - the charm is not only an additional decoration of the bracelet, it will also make it easier for you to fasten it.

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

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

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At the beginning we prepare a long line *. I take about 2 meters - but if it is not enough, we can always add another extension - also measure out enough for you to work comfortably.

We thread on it 5 SD beads and 5 TOHO beads 11/0 in the sequence:

SD → TH → SD → TH → SD → TH → SD → TH → SD → TH

* to make it easier to understand the diagram, the beginning of the bracelet is shown on the one-g thread.

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We leave about 10 cm of the free end of the thread and pass the needle through all the beads again. Finally, we make a knot.

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Step down through the nearest SD bead and make a "roll" (step up) to the top.

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Starting from the upper hole of the SuperDuo bead, take the TH 11/0 bead and go through the next nearest SD.

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Add 5 beads this way. We tightly pull the thread so that the beads adhere to each other.

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The thread should come out of the first added TH 11/0 bead. If this is the case, take TH 15/0 → TH 11/0 → TH 15/0 and go through the nearest TH 11/0 bead. Repeat the action 5x.

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We have a small crown

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At the end of the round, pass the needle through the TH 15/0 bead added in the first sequence and the top TH 11/0 bead. The thread should come out of this bead.

Take the SD bead and lead the needle through the nearest top TH11 / 0. We repeat 5x

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When we finish adding SuperDuo beads, just like at the beginning of our work, we go with the needle through the first added SD and on it we make a "roll" with the top.

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You are good at mastering how to make a beaded bracelet!

Now we have to repeat the previous steps, i.e. adding TH 11/0 between SD. → Then sequence TH 15/0 → TH 11/0 → TH 15/0. → Add SD again and so on until desired length is achieved.

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We finish / pause the work at this point, where we add TH11 / 0 beads between the SD.

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Well, we have almost the end of our work. If we want to make a bangle we need to join the two ends of our beadwork together (more on this in a moment).

If we are not sure about the circumference of the hand and wrist (e.g. the bracelet is to be a gift), we can make a bracelet and glue the ends into the Bead Caps with an internal diameter of 10 or 11 mm.

Once the glue is completely dry, add 2 jump rings and a lobster claw to one side. Add several jump rings (to make an approx 2 inch extension) followed by a charm of your choice to the other side. Whilst the charm will make it even prettier and more personal, it will also help when fastening the bracelet by giving something more solid to hold onto.

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If we decide on the bangle we will have to connect the two ends of the bracelet together. Each end of our bracelet looks the same, i.e. SD + TH 11/0 beads.

To connect the work, we need to use TH 15/0 beads. We take one 15/0 bead and pass the needle through TH 11/0 from the other end of the work.

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Then take another TH 15/0 and go back, leading the needle through TH 11/0 from the end number one.

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And so until all the work comes together. If we make a bangle in one colour, the place where we start the connection is not of great importance. If we make it in 5 colours, we arrange the rope so that everything blends nicely into a spiral pattern.

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Cut the excess thread and your bangle is now ready to wear.

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We would love to see your version of this beautiful bangle and any other designs you wish to share in our friendly Facebook group, so come along and join in the beady fun :)

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