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How to make a bracelet using GEMDUO beads – a simple DIY for everyone

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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla

Difficulty: Intermediate

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GEMDUO beads belong to the SuperDuo family. They’ve got, like in a family, a lot in common. It’s really easy and pleasant to work with them. They provide countless combinations and amazing, really amazing colours! Monika has fallen in love with them. Probably… Nooo… We’re sure you will share Monika’s opinion and you will also fall in love with these beads. So, can we try?

I’ve been fascinated with beading bracelets of every stripe recently. That’s why, I play with beads and check what can be made of them. This time, I will show you how to make a bracelet of GEMDUO beads. It’s really pleasant to work with them and, considering the amazing colours, the pleasure is even greater. I’m sure I will make many more of these bracelets. What colours will you choose? 

Supplies used in this project:

  • GEMDUO beads – 1 packet. I took more, because I know I won’t settle for just one
  • 11/0 TOHO beads – 10g packet – we won’t use everything
  • Beading thread
  • A thin beading needle
  • Scissors
  • Coffee and a piece of cake – obligatory for me

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Cut the thread (arm span length should be enough). String 2 TOHO beads.

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Pass the needle up through the outside bead once again.

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It should look like this:

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The 2nd row. String 2 beads and pass the needle through the nearest bead.

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Pass the needle up back.

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The next row. String 2 TOHO and pass the needle through the nearest bead. Pass the needle through 1 bead only.

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The thread should come out of the bead as shown in the picture.

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Pass the needle up through the nearest bead. Pass up through 2 TOHO.

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There are 6 rows of TOHO beads. Now it’s time for GEMDUO.

String 2 TOHO, 1 GEMDUO, 2 TOHO.

 It’s important to pay attention to the sides of GEMDUO. They should be turned the same side when you string and stitch them

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Make the following rows the same way. There should be 6 rows at the beginning of the bracelet.

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Pass the needle through the nearest bead.

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Pass the needle up through the nearest bead.

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String 3 TOHO and pass the needle through the top hole of GEMDUO.

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String 3 TOHO and pass the needle through the bottom hole of GEMDUO.

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Pass the needle up through 3 beads.

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We will close this GEMDUO by adding 4 TOHO and passing through the nearest beads.

Pass the needle through the beads on the right until you reach the place shown in the picture. So to the part where the straight part of the bracelet ends. You need to catch the 6th row with the thread.

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Pass the needle through the nearest bead and pass up through the beads on the left.

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It’s time to close the bead in a border completely. String 2 TOHO and pass the needle through the nearest bead.

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And pass up through the nearest bead.

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Make the following rows the same way. Now you need to make 5 rows straight. Then add GEMDUO as it was done previously and again 5 rows straight.

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The clasp now. String 24 TOHO and pass the needle through the nearest bead. Pass back and pass the needle once or even twice through this loop. Then, pass the needle down, as far as you can. You may even pass back to secure the thread better and trim.

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It’s almost done.

Time for the clasp. String 5 GEMDUO.

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Tie a tight knot.

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We’ve got a lovely star.

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Pass the needle through the top hole of a bead.

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Add 3 TOHO between all GEMDUO beads.

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The thread comes out of GEMDUO, so pass the needle through 2 TOHO. Omit the middle one.

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String 4 TOHO beads and pass the needle through the TOHO behind GEMDUO.

Pass through 2 TOHO (omit the middle one) and repeat those steps until all GEMDUO are covered with TOHO. Our fine clasp is finished so we can stitch everything together.

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Pass the needle with the shorter thread through the beads and trim.

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The thread should come out of the star, as shown in the picture. If you have this, pass the needle through 1 bead of the bracelet (you may pass through 2 beads on one side to make the link stronger).

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Pass the needle up through the beads of the bracelet.

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Pass the needle through a bead of the star (marked with a dot) from the outside.

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Pass the needle around the beads of the star and pass through the bracelet’s beads. That means, pass once again from the star to the bracelet the same way to make the link stronger. To be honest, I do it 3 times. Basically, to make the link really strong. Hide the threads.

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It’s finished! The star is very flexible so I can bend it when attaching the bracelet to my wrist and then I unbend it with my fingers.

Do you know now how to make a GEMDUO bracelet?

Probably, you’re looking for other colours now and you’re thinking what else can be made with these beads. So I will not bore you anymore and I wish you good buy.

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We hope you like this tutorial and you will make plenty of bracelets in various colours. It’s worth making at least one to find out how stunning GEMDUO beads are. We’re waiting for your work impatiently. We will be looking for them in our  Facebook group.

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