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How to make a beaded wave bracelet - jewellery making tutorial

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Designed by: Olivia Newton

Difficulty: Beginner

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Have you seen our NEW Semi-precious stones? There are so many to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice! I decided to have a go at this beaded wave bracelet using TOHO seed beads along with the Larvikite, Ice Crystal and Chrysocolla stones. I hope you like them!

Remember that the items listed in the ‘Products used in this project’ list are not set in stone and you can swap these out for absolutely any colour or size combination you wish. Don’t forget to share your version on our Facebook Group!

Products Used;

1 x Semi-Precious Round Beads (Size and colour of your choice) I used - U8860, U8667 and U8932.

1 x Toho Size 11 Seed Beads. I used - U8049, U7997 and U8043.

1 x Beading Needle 

1 x KO Thread - I used Blue (TC308

1 x Clasp - I used U5259 and U3199.

Jump Rings - I used F0720 and F1212

Step 1

Cut an armspan of thread and thread on your needle.

Step 2

Thread on 4 seed beads towards the end of the thread leaving a tail of about 7 inches.

Step 3

Go back up through the first two seed beads you just added in the same direction. This should create a square of seed beads - 2 on the left, two on the right.

Step 4

Holding the square so that the thread is coming out of the top bead on the left hand side of the square, add 2 seed beads and go down through the top seed bead sitting on the right hand side of the square.

Step 5

Now go back up through the seed bead on the left sitting opposite the one your thread just went through, and pass up through the following seed bead above.

Step 6

Add a further 2 seed beads and go back down through the now top seed bead sat on the right.

Step 7

Go back up through the seed bead on the left sitting opposite the one your thread just went through and go up through the following one above.

Step 8

Repeat this pattern until you have about 140 rows.

Step 9

Take your needle off this piece of thread and thread your needle onto the other tail end of thread. Add one seed bead and go back down through the bead on the opposite side. This will finish off the end neatly.

Step 10

Pass your needle back through your work knotting on the way and cut off any excess.

Step 11

We will leave the other end as it is for now in case we need to add any rows later.

Step 12

Cut another armspan of thread.

Step 13

Starting at the end you just finished off, add a stopper bead to the thread by threading on a bead (leaving a tail of about 7 inches), tie an overhand knot and pull tight. Now pass the needle in between the first two seed beads sitting parallel to each other.

Step 14

Add a Semi-Precious bead, count 6 rows and go through the middle of the two seed beads here sitting parallel to each other. Bear in mind that the larger the Semi-Precious bead you use, the more rows you will need to allow for each wave to ensure it wraps around the size of the bead nicely without seeing the thread.

Step 15

Repeat this all the way to the other end of the bracelet.

Step 16

Add 5 seed beads and pass down and then back up through the last gap you went through, this will create a loop for the clasp. Go back through the 5 seed beads to strengthen the loop and work your way back through your design following the same path you just took to add the Semi-Precious beads. Pull the thread tight as you go to ensure the Semi-Precious beads sit snug to the seed bead stitch. Ensure you knot on your way and Cut off any excess thread as you reach the end and feel the bracelet is secure.

Step 17

You can now finish off the other end of the stitch with the tail of thread where we created the loop of seed beads. Add one bead and work your way through the seed bead stitch work, knotting on your way. Cut off the excess thread.

Step 18

At the other end, remove the stopper bead and add 5 seed beads to create another loop. Repeat Step 16 to do this.

Step 19

To finish, add a jump ring and clasp to one end of the bracelet through the beaded loop. Add a link of jump rings to the other end to create an extension chain.

Step 20

Your bracelet it finished. Make sure you show us your version on our Facebook Group 

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