Learn how to make an ice crystal bangle - step by step tutorial
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Designed by: Olivia Newton
How pretty are the pastel colours in this beaded bracelet? I just love the colours and the inclusions of the Ice Crystal beads, they give off such a gorgeous effect. I decided to pair the beads with cream, yellow gold and peach coloured seed beads. The bonus to this bracelet is that it is adjustable to fit any size wrist and can be made in any colour combination you wish! Why not give it a go? Follow the easy step by step instructions and you'll have a beautiful beaded bangle bracelet in no time!
Ice Crystal Beads in 4mm - I used U8665.
TOHO Size 15 Seed Beads - in a colour of your choice. I chose 15TR22 which are a yellow gold.
TOHO Size 15 Seed Beads - in a different colour of your choice. I chose 15TR51 which are cream.
Before you begin… A tubular netting technique is used in this project. For simplicity, we’ve just used seed beads colours A, B & C (Provided you stick to the sizes you can use any colour combination that appeals to you.) This tutorial creates a section of tubular netting with two strands of beads either side to make the bracelet. If you’d like a real statement piece you can use tubular netting to weave a gorgeous bangle all the way around – see the guidance step at the end of this project. Please note you will need extra packs of 4mm Ice Crystal Beads if you would like to make the bangle.
Starter round - Thread a needle onto about 120cm of thread. Label your size 11 seed beads as 'C' and each colour of the size 15's A and B. String the following beads: 1C and 1x4mm Ice Crystal bead, repeat twice. Knot into a ring leaving a 15cm tail. Then pass the needle through all the beads a second time exiting after 1C. For clarity in the photo’s we’ve cut the tail short so it’s clear which the working thread is.
String the following: 3A, 1C and 3B. Go through the next 1C from the previous round. Repeat twice more. ‘Step up’ ready for the next round by going through the first 4 beads strung in this step – you’ll be exiting after a 1C.
String 1x Ice Crystal bead. Go through the next 1C from the previous round. As you can see from the photo it looks like you’re skipping a 1C but this C was added in the starting round. Repeat twice more.
Step up’ to the next round by going through the next ice crystal and 1C.
Pull tight so that the ice crystals just added sit between those added in the starting round.
This is how your beadwork should look from the side
String the following: 3A, 1C and 3B. Go through the next 1C from the previous round. Repeat twice more. ‘Step up’ to the next round by going through the first 4 beads strung in this step – you’ll be exiting after a 1C.
String 1 ice crystal. Go through the next 1C from the previous round. Repeat twice more. Then ‘step up’ to the next round by going through next ice crystal and 1C. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have your desired length.
Repeat step 7 one more time exiting after a 1C. To draw the netting to a point, go through the next 1C then the next 1C. Pull firmly then go through all 3C’s once more. Knot the thread to the work in a couple of places. This completes the netted part of the bracelet. If you find that the beadwork is rather loose then go through all the seed beads a second time but don’t overtighten or your bracelet will be too rigid.
String an ice crystal bead then a couple of seed beads of your choice. Repeat until you’ve added around 6cm of beads. Pull the thread so there are no gaps between the beads.
String enough seed beads to form a ring that is the right size for an ice crystal bead to pass snugly through. In this example 15A’s have been used but you must check this as beads naturally slightly vary in size. Go around the ring again. Pass back down the strap all the way to the netted beadwork. Weave the end into the work, knotting to secure. You can add a dab of glue to the knot if you wish.
Repeat the stringing order used in step 10 until you have a 7cm length - finish with a single ice crystal bead and seed bead. When wearing, you can adjust fit simply by slipping one or more beads through the loop. Pull the thread so there are no gaps between the beads then skipping this last seed bead pass back down the strap all the way to the netted beadwork. Weave the end into the work, knotting to secure. You can add a dab of glue to the knot if you wish.
Bangle construction guidance. Only steps 1-8 are used to make a bangle. However the beadwork needs to be firmer and reinforced so after forming each round, go through all the beads in that step again and pull firmly. As you work, check the length by bringing the two ends together around your wrist. To add more thread simply weave the old thread end in then attach a new piece in the same way. To join the ends string 3A, curve the bracelet around and line up the ends – make sure you don’t twist it. Go through the next 1C of the very first round. String 3B and go through the next 1C. Repeat twice. Go through the entire round again to reinforce.
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