Beaded Flower Bracelet

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These were fun bracelets to make. I found the pattern in my copy of “Beads Accessories”, a Japanese Beading Book. I don’t read Japanese so this is my interpretation of the pattern.

flower bracelet 002Supplies:

1 tube size 11 metallic brown seed beads

1 tube size 11 metallic Turquoise seed beads

30 6mm faceted beads

5 4mm faceted beads

2 beading Needles

Fireline (6lb) or Fishing line

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To start you want to make the flower for the clasp. You will need 5 4mm faceted beads and 10 size 11 metallic brown seed beads. I used fishing line to make the flower because I like to have a nice sturdy clasp. Once you get the flower made set it aside for now. Don’t worry about threading the beads through the center, we’ll get to that later.

flower bracelet 003Thread one of your needles with a piece of fire line. Use a comfortable length, once you make this motif you can trim the thread and use the remaining thread for the next one. String on 6 brown seed beads, leave enough of a tail to tie it off and tie  the thread together so that you have a circle of beads. Run the thread around the circle again to give it a bit more stability.  Do not clip your tail.

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Run the needle through 1 more seed bead and then thread on 1 6mm bead, 1 brown seed bead, 1 teal seed bead and 1 more brown seed bead on to the thread.

We are going to work this flower in a clockwise direction.

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Take your needle and run it back down through the 6mm bead. Then thread the needle back through the left side of the seed bead that you started with in the last step, plus the next seed bead in the base circle.

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string on 1 6mm bead, 1 brown seed bead, 1 teal seed bead and 1 more brown seed bead. Take the needle and pass it back down through the 6mm bead, the last bead that you passed it through on the base circle and then through the next  seed bead.

flower bracelet 016Continue working your way around the base circle until you have added all 6 of the 6mm faceted beads. Be sure to snug it up as you go along.

Run the thread back around through the base circle of seed beads  until you get back to your tail thread  and pull everything together. Tie off your threads and carefully clip them.  I generally put a small dab of clear nail polish on the knot.

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Repeat this process until you have made 5 flower motifs. 🙂

In my next post I will show you how I assembled the bracelet!

This post was originally posted in February of 09. During an update, my format became a jumble and this was shelved. I think I’ve figured it out, so I’m going to give posting it another go. Enjoy!