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How to make a beaded floral leaf bracelet - jewellery making tutorial

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Designed by: Olivia Newton

Difficulty: Beginner

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I loved creating these Beaded Floral Leaf Bracelets in all different colours. This pattern creates such a lovely, delicate design – A perfect bracelet to wear with any outfit. 

I decided to try 3 different colourways just to show you how many possibilities there are and how pretty they can look! I used the CrystaLove and Milly Rondelle range in 4x6mm, but why not try it in a different size? Happy Beading! Liv xx 


Materials:

1 x Pack CrystaLove™ Rondelles – I used one pack of 4x6mm Rondelles.  

3 x Colours of TOHO™ Seed Beads in Size 11 – 1 colour for the vine, 1 for the flower petals and 1 for the centre of the flower. You could use as many colours as you wanted though.

1 x Needle

2 x Pairs of Pliers – I used Flat Nose and Chain Nose for opening and closing the jump rings

3 x Jump Rings

1 x Lobster Claps (You could add on any type of clasp)

1 x Fireline Thread 

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Cut approx. 160cm of fireline and thread on your needle. Add 6 seed beads (These seed beads will be the main colour of the bracelet and form the ‘vine’, we’ll call these seed bead colour A) and pull these through towards the other end of the thread. Leave a tail of approx. 12cm and tie an overhand knot 2x and pull tight to create a loop of seed beads.

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Thread the needle back through 4 of the seed beads just added. This will leave you in the correct place to start the first leaf.

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String on 4 seed beads (Colour A), 1 rondelle, 4 seed beads (Colour A). Thread the needle back round and up through the last seed bead you went through on the loop you just created, followed by threading through the first 4 seed beads added before the rondelle. This forms the base of your first leaf.

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Add on 6 seed beads (Colour A) and then thread back down through the 2nd last seed bead you just added. Thread on 4 seed beads (Colour A) and thread down through the following 4 seed beads in the direction of your needle. Skip the seed bead on the beaded loop and thread back up through the next 5 seed beads. This should complete your first leaf.  

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Add on 4 seed beads (Colour A), 1 rondelle, 4 seed beads (Colour A). Bring your needle and thread round and up through the last seed bead you went through to finish the previous leaf just created. After passing through this bead carry on threading back up through the first 4 seed beads just added, pull the thread tight. This forms the base of your second leaf.

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Add on 6 seed beads (Colour A). The same as step 4, thread back down through the 2nd last seed bead just added. Pull the thread tight.

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Add 4 seed beads (Colour A) and carry on threading down through the following 4 seed beads in the direction of your needle. Skip the seed bead on the last leaf you created, and thread back up through the next 5 seed beads on the leaf to complete your second one.

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Now for the flower. Add on 6 seed beads (Colour A) + 4 seed beads (We’ll call these colour B and they form the petals of your flower) + 1 Seed Bead (This should be your 3rd colour of seed bead – Colour C – this forms the centre of the flower). Take your needle and thread back down but ONLY through the first colour B seed bead you just added. Add a further 3 seed beads (Colour B) and thread these through the colour B seed bead sitting at the top of the flower next to the colour C seed bead. Then add 3 (Colour A) seed beads and thread through the initial first 6 Colour A seed beads you added to start the flower. Pull tight. This completes your first flower.

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Add on 4 seed beads (Colour A), 1 rondelle, 4 seed beads (Colour A). Bring your needle and thread round and up through the last seed bead you added to complete the flower. After passing through this bead carry on threading back up through the first 4 seed beads just added, pull the thread tight. This forms the base of your third leaf.

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Add on 6 seed beads (Colour A). Thread back down through the 2nd last seed bead just added. Pull the thread tight.

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Add 4 seed beads (Colour A) and carry on threading down through the following 4 seed beads in the direction of your needle. Skip the last seed bead on the flower you created, and thread back up through the next 5 seed beads on the leaf to complete your third one.

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Add on 4 seed beads (Colour A), 1 rondelle, 4 seed beads (Colour A). Bring your needle and thread round and up through the last seed bead you went through to complete the previous leaf. After passing through this bead carry on threading back up through the first 4 seed beads just added, pull the thread tight. This forms the base of your fourth leaf.

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Add on 6 seed beads (Colour A). Thread back down through the 2nd last seed bead just added. Pull the thread tight.

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Add 4 seed beads (Colour A) and carry on threading down through the following 4 seed beads in the direction of your needle. Skip the last seed bead on the last leaf you created, and thread back up through the next 5 seed beads on the leaf to complete your fourth one.

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Now repeat steps 8 - 14 until you have your desired length of bracelet. Remember that the pattern is 2 leaves, 1 flower, 2 leaves, 1 flower but feel free to make the pattern as random as you like. You need to ensure you are always following the direction of the thread for your flowers and leaves sit opposite sides to each other.

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Finish with 2 leaves to mirror the start of your bracelet. Add 6 seed beads (Colour A) and create a loop by threading back round and through the last seed bead you exited when finishing your last leaf. To secure this, thread back round through all 6 seed beads on the loop just created and hide/knot your thread by carrying on and randomly threading back through the seed beads in your design. When you are happy that your thread is hidden and secure, cut the thread.

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Add your needle to the tailing 12cm of thread at the start of your bracelet and hide/knot the thread again by threading back into your design.

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Add 2 jump rings to one end of your bracelet by using two pairs of pliers to open and close the rings through the beaded loop. At the other end add one 1 jump ring through the beaded loop and then add your lobster clasp to the jump ring.

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You now have a beautiful beaded floral leaf bracelet! 

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