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Nib-Bit Flower Links Bracelet - jewellery making tutorial

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Nib-Bit Flower Links Bracelet - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Julie Dudley

Difficulty: Beginner

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Talented friend of Beads Direct Julie Dudley has another new tutorial for us today. She has teamed Matubo NIB-BIT™ Beads with pretty Preciosa Seed Beads to create a gorgeous Flower Links Bracelet.

Are you ready to follow her step by step instructions to make your own? Let's stitch!

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Designed by Julie Dudley - May 2022

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Add approximately 50cm of thread to your needle. Pick up one of the size 10 seed beads followed by a Nib-bit, through the hole at the widest part. Repeat until you have six seed beads and six Nib-bits.

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Holding onto the last 10cm or so of the tail end of your thread, sew back through all of the beads you have just added, and tie a double knot with the two ends of thread.  Turn all of the points of the Nib-bits outwards. Step up, by sewing through the upper hole in the Nib-bit you are exiting directly underneath.

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Pick up 3 x size 9 seed beads and sew through the uppermost hole in the next Nib-bit. Add 3 x size 9 beads between each Nib-bit in this way. Sew back around all of the beads in this row again to strengthen. Finish by coming out from one of the last of a group of three size 9 beads. Gently slide your needle underneath the thread that sits between the size 9 bead you have just exited and the Nib-bit next to it (Called the thread bridge). Pull your needle gently until the thread forms a small loop, then pass your needle through that loop. Pull slowly but tightly to form a knot around that section of thread.

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Repeat steps One to Five, until you have seven hexagonal shaped beaded components.

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We now have seven hexagonal components which we need to sew together. You can either sew them to sit in a straight line, or alternating up and down as I am doing. You have thread ends on each section, which you can either cut off now, or sew in later to strengthen your work. I would normally sew them in, but for tutorial purposes and so it's easier for you see what I am doing, I have trimmed mine away. Lie out your components so it is easy to see which sides need to be sewn together. Thread 120cm (approximately) of thread onto your needle. Pick up the first hexagonal component in the line and take your needle through one of the top holes at the pointed end of a Nib-bit, and the three size 9 beads after it. Pull your thread slowly through, until you have approximately 25cm of thread still hanging from the Nib-bit (this will be used to finish the clasp end later).Take your needle just under the thread bridge between the seed bead you are exiting and the Nib-bit next to it. Pull your needle slowly through (whilst also holding the tail end of your thread so it doesn't move), until a loop is formed in the thread. Take your needle through the loop and pull slowly but firmly until a knot forms. Take your needle and thread through the next Nib-bit and size 9 bead. Please note...if at any point during this design you need to add more thread, this is the way to add in.

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Pick up your next hexagonal component and sew through the central size 9 bead of a set of three on that component, followed by the next size 9, the Nib-bit and the two size 9 beads after it (which together all form one side of your hexagon). Pull your thread so both components are sat side by side. You should now be exiting the middle size 9 of the next set of three on the component you picked up. 

Now we need to sew back down into the first hexagonal component to link them together. You should be able to see the beads we need to sew down through if the components are sat correctly next to each other. So, we are passing our needle down through the central size 8 bead which is opposite the one we are exiting, followed by the next size 9, the Nib-bit and two more size 9 beads.

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If you now lie the pieces that you have just sewn together down next to the ones still lying out in place on your beading mat, you will see exactly where the next join needs to be. So, sew up through the two size 9 beads above the Nib-bit on the added component, then sew through all of the size 8 beads and the Nib-bit on that first open side of the hexagon. Sew down through the size 9 beads and the Nib-bit on the next side of the hexagon, so you are exiting the middle size 9 of a set of three. ( If you are sewing your pieces in a straight line you will need to sew down through the beads on the next side of the hexagon)

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Repeat steps 4, 5 & 6 and keep adding the hex components so that you have attached them all together. 

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Put your beadwork to one side while we make our clasp that we are going to use... If you would prefer to use your own method, such as calottes or wire guardians, then please skip this step. Otherwise.... We need 2x eyepins, these are 50mm but you can use other sizes. You will also need a lobster clasp and at least one jump ring, or more if you wish to extend the bracelet. Take one of the eyepins and a size 10 seed bead, followed by a size 9 bead and another size 10 bead. Cut the eyepin to size leaving 1.5cm from the beads, make a loop and wrap the excess eyepin around the eyepin. 

You will need to create two of these, attach a jump ring to one of the eyepins and a clasp to the other eyepin. 

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Now we are back to our beadwork and beading the ends that will hold the clasps we have just made. Make sure that your needle and thread are exiting the central of the three size 9 beads which are outermost on your bracelet. Pick up 3x size 9 seed beads and 1x Nib-bit through the hole at the widest part and 3 more size 9 beads. Sew through the opposite side of the central size 9 bead that was your starting point. Knot to the thread bridge between the bead you are exiting and the next as before, by taking your needle underneath the thread bridge, creating a loop and sewing through the loop. 

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Sew back up through 2 of the size 9 beads, then across the hole at the pointed end of the Nib-bit. Next sew down through the next 2 size 9 beads ( it may still seem a bit floppy at this point but will sit better as we carry on). Sew through the size 9 bead at the point of the hexagonal component again which was where we started this stage, followed by sewing up through the 3 size 9 beads at the side of the Nib-bit. Pick up 3 more size 9 beads followed by one half of the eyepin component through the wrapped loop we created, then pick up 3 more size 9 beads. Make sure that the eyepin component stays in-between the six beads and thread your needle back down through the 3 size 9 beads on the other side of the Nib-bit. You have now finished the bracelet, although I would advise sewing around the beads a couple more times, especially where the wrapped loop sits, because this is the area that will get a lot of friction. Knot into your work a couple of times as before by creating a loop underneath a thread bridge. 

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