How to make the Caprice bracelet. A handmade gift – DIY tutorial
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We think, handmade things make the best gifts. Your time, concentration, arrangement of the design with a view of that special person – all of these make the best gift we can give. Most of all, a very unique one. We think such an original bracelet will make a perfect gift for a friend. In addition, there’ll be lots of special occasions to wear it.
Interested? So here we go! Let’s begin with the materials…
- TOHO beads – 20-25 grams 11/0 seed beads for the net (I used Inside Colour Gold Lined)
- 360 x 4mm silver lustered CrystaLove bicones, but you are free to use Firepolish beads
- A jewellery thread – a monofilament thread – 0.20 mm transparent thread
- A jewellery needle – John JamesTM needle – 5/10 size. You are free to use a Big Eye needle. Remember, you need to choose an appropriate size of the needle so that it can pass through the beads
All the quantities are provided for the wrist circumference of 15cm. The amount of the beads depends on the wrist circumference and the bracelet’s width. The pattern is created for a 10 row bracelet.
When you start your work always remember to leave about 10cm tail – you will use this to finish the other side of your work. It’s good to start several “meshes” earlier while adding a new thread. As you tie a knot, pass with the threads through several beads (never cut the thread near the knot!) to the place where you continue your work.
"A row" – what is this? It’s nothing more than the number of the crystals counted diagonally or, if you like, 5 crystals in the width of the bracelet, counted twice one by one, so we’ve got 5 x 2 x 36. The 36 row bracelets fits 15-18 cm wrist. Luckily, it’s a little stretchy, but don’t strain it too much – it’s just a thread, after all.
Making the net:
At the beginning, string 1 bead and pass through it again to make a loop. It prevents the beads from moving or sliding down.
String 32 beads, so now there are 33 of them.
Pass through the 9th bead counting from the end. Then, string 5 beads and pass through the 6th one.
Repeat until you have reached the end of the beads on the thread. Add 5 beads each time.
This is how the whole row should look like.
To step up to the next row, string 5 beads and pass through the 3rd bead of the previous row (marked with black). String 5 beads again and pass through the 3rd bead. Continue until you have reached the end of the row.
Continue until you have reached the appropriate length of the bracelet.
Now we need to close up the net.
String 2 beads and pass through the first bead of the other side of the bracelet.
String 2 beads and pass through the middle bead of the “mesh”.
Repeat that until you have reached the end of the row. Remember to add 2 beads each time.
While closing up the net, remember this is the last row and pull the thread tightly, so that the bracelet won’t be too loose.
As you add the last 2 beads, pass the needle through the first bead where we start adding the crystals.
Adding the crystals:
The thread comes out of the first bead (marked in black) of the net (the photo above).
String 1 x 11/0 bead, 1 x CL crystal and 1 x 11/0 bead, pass through the bead marked in black (the photo below).
String 1 x 11/0 bead, 1 x CL crystal and 1 x 11/0 bead.
To step up to the next row pass the needle through two beads. And again, string 1 x 11/0 bead, 1 x CL crystal, 1 x 11/0 bead.
Continue until you have finished the whole bracelet. While working, the bracelet turns curved itself.
As you finish, don’t cut the thread but pass it through several beads on the net side. I pass through one bead twice every several beads (just like at the beginning) to secure the thread.
Trim the thread and enjoy your new jewellery.
Good luck in making the caprice bracelet and lots of patience may be needed when the thread gets tangled.
What do you think about the TOHO Caprice bracelet? What do you think about this kind of beading? It’s much simpler than it seems at the beginning, isn’t it? Let us know the result of your work on our Facebook group.
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