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How to make a bezelled Cat's Eye bracelet - step by step jewellery making tutorial

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How to make a bezelled Cat's Eye bracelet - step by step jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Angela Buxton

Difficulty: Expert

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The talented Angela Buxton has re-made another old favourite for us. She has used some gorgeous Cat's Eye Cabochons with TOHO™ Rounds to give it a fresh new feel. We are loving it! Thank you for sharing this with us Angela :)

Bezelled cabochons are very popular in the jewellery making world and they are so relaxing to make. If you have a size 12 needle you'll find working the bezel even easier as they are thinner. Two colours of seed beads have been used but you can increase this to four if you prefer. Just make sure that one size is size 11/0 and one size is size 15/0. When complete this bracelet will have a total length of 19cm so make adjustments to the strap length if required.

Gather your favourite coloured cabochons and beads and let's stitch!

Remember, the purpose of our tutorials is to teach you a certain technique. You can create your own versions. So don’t be afraid of letting your imagination run wild. We are sure you will make wonderful bracelets. 

Supplies:

Miyuki™ Beading Thread in a blue colour

TOHO™ rounds in size 11/0 and 15/0

Cat's Eye oval cabochons 18x25x3.5mm in grey

Needle

Scissors



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Cut an arm span of thread. Pick up a single seed bead and sew through it again. Take care not to spear the thread. This is your stopper bead which will aid with tension and stop the initial stringing of beads sliding off the end of the thread. Position your stopper bead 15cm from the end of your thread. Now string 44 size 11 seed beads. Sew through them all again to form a ring, then sew through the first seed bead again. 

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Pick up 1 size 11/0 seed bead, skip a bead on the ring and sew through the next. Repeat this until you have one more bead to add. This is exactly the same way of forming the third row as you would do in flat peyote, you're just working 'in the round'. 

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Pick up the last bead of the round. Skip the next bead on the ring as normal then 'step up' by sewing through the next bead on the ring and the first bead added in this round. 

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Pick up 1 size 11/0 seed bead and sew through the next bead of the previous round as shown. Repeat this until you have one more bead to add. As you work, you should be able to pull the flat bead work into a shallow tube.

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Pick up the last bead of the round. Sew through the next bead of the previous round as normal then 'step up' by sewing through the first bead added in this round. To continue, repeat step 4 and finish by stepping up. 

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Pick up 1 x size 15/0 seed bead and sew through the next bead of the previous round as shown. Repeat this all the way around the ring just like you have been doing, then step up at the end of the round. As you work, pull the thread to tighten the ring. As the beads you are adding are smaller than those you have been working with,  the bead work will begin to 'cup'. 

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Pick up 1x size 15/0 seed bead and sew through the next bead of the previous round as shown. Repeat this all the way around the ring just like you have been doing. Again you should pull firmly on the thread. You don't need to step up as this is the last round of beads on this side and completes the front of the bezel. 

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Weave the thread through to the other side of the bezel so that you can form the back - you will need to turn your beadwork over. Exit through any size 11/0 seed bead that is convenient. If desired, you can weave the short tail into the beadwork so that it doesn't get in the way. Pick up 1x size 15/0 seed bead and sew through the next bead of the previous round as shown. repeat this all the way around the ring and step up at the end of the round. Don't over tighten yet. 

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Sit your chosen cabochon inside the bezel with the domed side facing down. Pull the thread again to ensure that you have closed the gaps. The cabochon will still be loose at this point. Pick up 1x size 15/0 seed bead and sew through the next bead of the previous round as shown. Repeat this all the way around and step up. 

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Add two more rows of size 15/0 seed beads, pulling tighter as you work. After the last round of beads, sew through them all again without adding further beads. You won't be able to close the gap between the beads but sewing them through again will reinforce the final round. 

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Weave the thread into the beadwork, securing with a couple of half hitches and trim the excess thread. 

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This is how your bezelled cabochon should now look. You can stop here and skip to the construction part of the project or continue onto the next step and add the edging embellishment. 

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Embellishment round 1

Add a new piece of thread and come out any size 11/0 seed bead from the third row. Pick up 1x size 11/0 seed bead and sew through the next 11/0 bead on the third row. 

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Embellishment Round 2

Pick up 1x size 11/0 seed bead and sew through the next size 11/0 seed bead. Complete the round by stepping up. This completes the bezelled cabochon so weave the thread into the beadwork to secure it. Create two more bezelled cabochons just like the first one. You can choose the same colour or select toning colours.

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Construction

The three cabochons are linked by a short length of flat peyote. It is up to you how you orientate them. In this example the two outer bezels will be connected sideways onto the central one. Weave the thread around to one end of the bezel. 

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Peyote link - row 1

Turn the beadwork over to the back and keeping to the same end, weave down and out of a size 11/0 seed bead in row 1. Pick up 1x size 11/0 and sew through the next size 11/0 seed bead on row 1. Repeat once. 

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Peyote link - row 2 to 7

Pick up 1x 11/0 and sew through the last 11/0 bead added in the previous step. Repeat the end of the row. Continue beading until you have a total of 6 or 7 rows. 

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Connection

The length of the flat peyote is connected by 'zipping' into place. Each bead of the last row of flat peyote is locked between beads on the first row on the other bezel. Aim to make the connection as central as possible. The cabochons will slide within their bezels slightly so you can make adjustments if you need to. The thread has been left loose so that you can see the positioning but you should work tighter so that you don't get the threads tangled. 

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Secure the connection by weaving into the beadwork of the second bezel. The third bezel is connected to the second one in exactly the same way. 

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Peyote strap

Form a flat peyote strap just as you formed the links. Stitch 2.5cm of flat peyote using size 11/0 seed beads (approximately 24 rows). Sew out of the edge bead of the previous row. Sew under the thread on the edge to form a loop. Sew through this loop and carefully pull tight. 

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Sew back through the bead you have just exited and the last added. Complete the row as normal then sew out of the edge bead of the previous row, sew under the thread on the edge to form a loop. Sew through this loop and carefully pull tight. 

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Because you have bead working on an even-count peyote you don't have a single bead in the middle from which to form the clasp. So, go back through the edge bead and the last bead added. Pick up 2x 11/0 beads, sew through to the edge. The second bead will be your 'middle' bead. It won't quite be central but nearer than coming out of one of the beads in the last row. Knot the thread to the outside of the strap as before , then sew back and out of the 'middle' bead. 

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Pick up 26 size 11/0 seed beads and form into a loop by sewing through the first 4. Sew through the 'middle' bead again in the same direction you came through at the beginning of this step. Adjust the beadwork so that the loop is central. You may need to sew through some additional beads to help reinforce and center the loop. Sometimes sewing in a different direction will pull an element like a loop or a toggle into place. 

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Toggle bar

Create a toggle bar by beading a flat piece of peyote that is 12 beads wide with 8 rows and using size 11/0 seed beads. Zip it up into a tube by interlocking the last row beads and the first row beads. You can add a single bead either end of the toggle bar by sewing straight through the tube. Pick up a single small bead, sew back through the tube, add a second bead in the same way then weave the thread into the beadwork to secure it.

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Strap

Repeat steps 20-22 to form the other strap but instead of forming a loop pick up 8 size 11/0. Sew straight through the middle of the toggle bar at the halfway point. Sew through a single bead on the far side then back through the toggle so that the thread comes out at the same point you entered. Sew back through the 8 beads of the link. Sew through the 'middle' bead again in the same direction you came through at the beginning of this step. Adjust the beadwork if necessary then weave the thread onto the beadwork. This completes your bracelet. 

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We’re sure you now know how to make a bezelled bracelet :) Feel Free to share your wonderful creations with us.  We really like looking at your designs inspired by our tutorials on our Facebook Group

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