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Monochrome Beaded Anklet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Monochrome Beaded Anklet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Julie Dudley

Difficulty: Beginner

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Add the finishing touch to any outfit with this monochrome beaded anklet, designed by the wonderful Julie Dudley. This design uses delicate heart spacer beads teamed perfectly with Preciosa Seed Beads. As always you can select the products and colours of your choice to make it uniquely yours. If anklets aren't your thing, this design can also be worn as a bracelet or make it longer and create a choker. The possibilities are endless! Happy Beading ♥

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Designed by Julie Dudley - July 2022

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Cut approximately 2 metres of your thread, then cut two 1cm pieces of your French wire with your wire cutters (we will be using one now and one later, so put one to the side) Put a small pile of your black seed beads and your white 4-5mm beads out on your beading mat. Firstly, for this anklet we could use two needles, one on each end of the thread, and sew rows one and two together. Instead for ease of demonstrating a simpler version, I will sew each row separately, and you can either add a needle to each end, or just rethread as needed. Thread your beading thread onto your needle and pick up a piece of your French wire and one of your white beads. Take them approximately half way down your 2 metre length of thread. Take the needle back through the white bead, and check again that it's sitting approximately half way down your thread and tie a double knot. Leave the extra tail of thread dangling out of the way while we use the end threaded with the needle.

Please note: ladies' ankle size is generally approximately 10-11 inches. We are going to make this around 10 inches, but with an extension chain if needed for larger ankles. If you need a smaller size than 10 inches, you could make your first row finishing with 13 white beads instead of 15, and follow the rest of the pattern to make a shortened version. You will have to adjust where you add the hearts so the pattern is central.

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Pick up nine black size 10 seed beads, followed by a white bead  Repeat until you have a row with 15 white beads, including the one at each end, so you should have fourteen sections of black beads.

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Add your second section of French wire and take your needle back through the last white bead you added.  Adjust and pull tightly to make sure your beads are all sat close together and form a loop with the thread exiting the white bead, so it sits between the white bead and the seed bead next to it. Take your needle through that loop and pull tightly. Repeat this loop a second time, to make sure everything is knotted securely.

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Take your needle through the first five black seed beads. Pick up nine black seed beads, and pass your needle through the fifth (middle) black seed bead of the next section along of the last row, from where you are exiting. Continue by picking up nine seed beads then pass your needle through the fifth (middle) bead of the next section of seed beads of the last row, until you get to the end section, then pass your needle through the last few seed beads and tie a knot by creating a loop as before in step three, making sure everything is pulled tightly.

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Your work may want to try and twist, but if you lay it down making sure all of the white beads are sitting uppermost, you can see more easily. Thread your needle onto the other end of the thread, or use a second needle ( doing it this way means that you have less thread to contend with at a time) Pick up four seed beads, one white bead and four more seed beads. If you look at the second row, you can see nine seed beads sitting between the arches created in the first row. Pass your needle through the fifth (middle) bead of the first section of nine, directly under the white bead. Again, pick up four seed beads, one white bead, followed by four more seed beads. Pass your needle through the fifth (middle) bead of the next set of nine in the row above. Keep repeating, adding beads in this way until you reach the end. The last set of beads finish by going through the last white bead, rather than a seed bead as before.

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Pull your thread tightly, to tighten up your work, and make a loop with the thread exiting the white bead and sitting carefully between the bead and the French wire, as we don't want to tie the knot over the wire and damage it. Take your needle through the loop and carefully pull tightly, take your needle back through the white bead and create another knot, by forming a loop between the white bead and the seed bead next to it.

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Start sewing through the beads of the zigzag bottom row until you are exiting the third of the white beads. Pick up five seed beads, one heart spacer bead (through the hole in the top first) followed by another four seed beads and pass your needle back through the seed bead that sits directly under the heart spacer bead, then go through the heart and the seed bead that sits directly above it. Pick up four seed beads and pass through the next white bead along of the previous row. Make sure that you pull everything tightly so it is sitting together, and knot again after the white bead you are exiting by creating a loop between the white bead and the seed bead next to it, then take your needle through the loop and pull tightly.

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Sew through the next section of seed beads and exit the next white bead along. Pick up five seed beads, followed a heart spacer bead and four seed beads. Sew back through the seed bead directly under the heart spacer, then through the heart and the seed bead directly above the heart. Pull your thread and adjust the beads until they all sit tightly and neatly. Pick up four more seed beads and pass your needle through the next white bead in the row. Tie a knot between the beads as in step seven.

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Repeat step eight, until you have used up all of your five heart spacers and you have exited the next white bead and knotted after it. Use both thread ends to sew around all of your beadwork randomly to strengthen, and knot in a few places as before. Then trim away any ends of thread.

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We are now going to finish our anklet with findings and extension chain. Take one of your jump rings and open by using your pliers. Open it towards you like a gate, because if you were just to pull the two wire ends apart to create a gap it would make the ring lose its shape, which is very difficult to get back. Thread the jump ring into the gap in the French wire section at one end, and close again with your pliers. Open your second jump ring in the same way, and thread it through the gap in the French wire at the opposite end of the anklet, but this time add the lobster clasp onto the jump ring as well, but so that the trigger part is uppermost, and the opening facing down, then close the jump ring.

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You now have a finished anklet, but if you wish to add an extension chain, you will need some eye pins and some of your left-over beads. Take one of your eye pins and add one seed bead, one white bead, and one seed bead. Hold the eye pin in your round nose pliers, so that the nose is right up to the beads and covering a few millimetres of the wire. Also, make sure that the loop of the eye pin is flat on as you look down on it. Bend the wire towards you 90 degrees. Adjust your pliers so that a nose sits at the top and bottom of the bend just made. Pick a place on the nose of the pliers that can create a loop bigger than the one on the eye pin, and bend the wire right over the top nose of the pliers as far as it will comfortably go. Adjust your pliers again to move the bottom nose out of the way, and bend the wire all of the way around until you have a loop.  Attach another eye pin onto the loop you just made if needed. Hold the loop you created firmly in one pair of pliers, then slowly pull and then nibble down the wire end with your flat nose pliers. Squeeze the tail end of the wire down slowly, between the loop and the beads ( be careful not to squeeze the beads with the pliers, as they would smash). Make sure that the very end is flattened down with no sharp end sticking out.

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If you added another eye pin, repeat step eleven adding as many extra eye pins as you require for extra length. Try to use your round nose pliers in the same place each time you create a loop, so they are all the same. I have added three eye pin links to mine, but you could add more. Lastly open the jump ring at the end of your anklet (not the clasp end), and put the first eye pin loop onto the jump ring and close with your pliers.

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