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HOW TO MAKE A LINKED MOTIF BRACELET - JEWELLERY MAKING TUTORIAL

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HOW TO MAKE A LINKED MOTIF BRACELET - JEWELLERY MAKING TUTORIAL

Designed by: Sarah Millsop

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Learn how to make this linked motif with Sarah's easy to follow, step by step instructions. The pattern is so satisfyingly symmetrical and therapeutic that you won't be able to stop at making just the one. You could make it with any 6mm round bead, from Semi Precious to Wood! The only limit is your imagination and your own personal sense of style.

What are we waiting for? Let's Stitch!


Products Needed:
6mm round beads
Size 11 seed beads
Super Duo beads
Thread

Before you begin…  This bracelet is created with linked motifs. You won’t need findings for this bracelet as you’ll be creating your own beaded clasp with twin beads. The completed bracelet in this project has a total length of 19cm long. If you need to make adjustments to the length either omit a motif in the beaded band or add additional beads to the seed bead link in the clasp. As a guide, when fastened, the clasp created in this project is 2.5cm long.

Our tutorials are mostly for inspiration and learning purposes. Choose the colours to achieve something in your own style!

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Pick up beads in the following order: Seed bead, Duo bead, Seed bead, 6mm round. Repeat thrice more.

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Leaving a 6 inch tail, pass through all the beads again to form a circle. When the threads meet tie a double know. Continue passing through beads until you exit a Duo bead.

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Step 3

Keeping the thread on the same side, pass through the other hole of the duo bead.

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Pick up two seed beads and sew through the unused hole of the next twin bead. Pull the thread right through. Repeat this step picking up two seed beads then sewing through the unused hole of the next twin. When you come to add the last two seed beads sew through the same hole of the first twin you came out of at the beginning of this step and pull the thread firmly.

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‘Step up’ to the outer edge by sewing through the other hole of the duo bead you’ve just come out of. Keep the thread on the same side of the bead. To reinforce the tightness of the inner ring you can give a tug on the thread before pulling it all the way through the new exit hole.

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Step 6

This completes a motif. To get to the right place to begin the next motif, sew through the next seed bead and pearl. This last pearl will be shared with the next motif.

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Step 7

Pick up the following: seed bead, twin bead, seed bead, pearl. Repeat twice more then add an additional seed bead, twin bead and seed bead so that you have a total of 15 beads on the thread. You don’t need the final pearl as this one is the shared one on the previous motif.

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Step 8

Sew through the shared pearl you exited in step 6 to form a ring of beads. Continue through the ring of beads by sewing through the next 6 beads. ‘Step up’ to begin the next round by sewing through the unused hole of the twin bead you’ve just come out of. The thread should stay on the same side of the bead. Keep the twin beads pointing outwards for now (see our Top Tip).

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To continue repeat step 4 to 8. You’ll find that you’re working in a different direction but the method is exactly the same. Add a further eight motifs to the two you already have. Finally weave both tails into the beadwork. Knot in couple of places and add dabs of glue if desired. It is better to weave the tails in and start the clasp with a new piece of thread so that you can replace it at any time without disturbing the bracelet’s beadwork.

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Step 10

Create the Toggle Clasp

Cut a new piece of thread 40cm long – it seems a lot but it’s better to have too much so that securing the thread to the bracelet is easy.

String three seed beads then add a five twin beads with a seed bead between them, then three more seed beads. Slide these beads to the middle of the thread. Sew through the unused holes of the twin beads adding seed beads between them then through the first three seed beads added. Pull tight.

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Continue with the same thread and in the same direction, through the next eighteen beads – keep the needle on the thread if you’re using two. Thread up the other strand and sew through the next six beads.

Onto each strand string two seed beads, pass both strands through three seed beads and onto each strand string three seed beads. Pull tight and sew in opposite directions through the pearl on the end of the bracelet. The beadwork has been left loose in the photograph for clarity. Weave both tails into the beadwork. Knot in couple of places and add dabs of glue if desired.

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Step 12

Create the Loop of Clasp

Cut a new piece of thread 30cm long, secure it to the other end of the bracelet and come out through a pearl. Pick up 29 seed beads. Sew through the sixth, fifth and fourth seed beads to form a loop. Pick up three more seed beads. Pull tight and sew through the pearl on the end of the bracelet. The beadwork has been left loose in the photograph for clarity.

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Top Tip

Leaving the twin beads sticking outwards makes it easier to thread through them as you won’t have to hunt around within the ring of beads for the hole. Pull them in gently as you add the pairs of seed beads so that the thread doesn’t become tangled.

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