Sterling Silver Beaded Cluster Bracelet
SET UP METHOD
Cut 4 lengths of approx 80 – 100 cm of S-Lon Thread in Colour 1.
Cut 4 lengths of approx 80 – 100 cm of S-Lon Thread in Colour 2.
OPTIONAL – I like to use a guide thread for the middle and use the Silken Rats tail
that we sell to match one of the thread of S-Lon. I find it gives a more substantial core to the piece and therefore a better more professional looking finished item - but I stress it is OPTIONAL.
Tie all threads and if using the cord include it in an overhand knot about 4 cm down from the end.
Take up Kumihimo wheel and arrange threads around the wheel starting at putting two Colour 1. Threads either side of number ‘8’ and number ‘24’.
Taking thread Colour 2. Put 1. either side of number ‘32’ and number ‘16’.
On the ends of each thread put 15 beads then do a slip knot and wind around the open bobbin including beads randomly along each thread. Leave around 10 cm of thread with no beads on it at the end of each bobbin and click them all shut.
TO START & THE PATTERN.
I am going to use the term ‘PASS’ by this I mean putting 1. of the threaded bobbins from 1. side of the wheel to another.
Make 80 PASSES of thread to create the tail before starting to bead. If using the ‘Core Method’ then ensure that you do not cross the threads across the core just move it out of the way as you weave.
Drop 1 bead into and under each previous thread on the next 12 PASSES then make 24 PASSES without dropping beads and this forms the pattern.
The above number of 4m beads enables you to repeat the pattern 10 times. After the last cluster has been made I would recommend that you do 80 PASSES before tying the bracelet off.
Check the inside length of the tube end by putting a pencil or alternative item that fits inside it to gauge the length of it and then sew around the end of chord before cutting it. Then wrap additional S-Lon around the chord end to create snug fit before using glue like FEVI KWIK which I have found to be a miracle at sticking it. Once you have achieved a snug fit, glue and put ends on and leave so that the glue can cure.
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