Beaded Flower Bracelet

I’ve been having a lot of trouble formatting posts with the new layout of the blog. I have my fingers crossed that this comes out correctly *this* time. :p

This is from a Japanese Beading books called “Beads Accessories”. I don’t actually read Japanese

Part 1 can be found here.

By now you should have the flower portion of the clasp done you should also have 5 pretty little flowers assembled. From this point on all you will need are the two different colored size 11 seed beads, two needles and some thread. I used fire line. I like to make sure I have enough thread so I cut my thread to be about 7 or 8 times the length of the bracelet and I had plenty left over.

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Step 1:You want to have a needle on each end of the thread. String on 3 brown seed beads and pass both needles through the center of the flower. Center the flower so that it is in the middle of the thread and both lengths of thread are roughly the same length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 2: String 1 brown bead on each of the two threads, then cross both thread through a third seed bead, just as you did in this post. Then thread on 5 brown beads, 1 green seed bead, 4 brown seed beads,1 green seed bead and then 4 more brown seed beads on to BOTH threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 3: In this step you will attach the first flower. You want to take both needles and pick up two adjacent petals on the flower. Thread the needle through the green seed bead. Direction matters. Thread the needles towards each other. Snug everything up the best you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Add 3 brown seed beads to each of the two threads. Then add (to one thread) 4 green seed beads. Take the needle back around and pass it back through the first green seed bead that you added and snug it up. You want to slide the little circle of beads all the way down to that is sits up against the 3 brown seed beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 5: Set down the thread that you strung the 4 green seed beads and pick up the other thread. Pass the needle through the third green seed bead and then snug it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 6: In this step you are making a pretzel. Thread 3 brown seed beads on to each thread. You will be using one thread to work down each side of the bracelet, so you don’t want to cross over to the other side. Once you have your three seed beads on, take the needle and pick up the first green seed bead that you added after you passed both thread through the flower clasp. Run it through the four brown seed beads and out the other side of the next green seed bead. Do this to both sides. (best to do it one side at a time). Snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

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Step 7: Then add 9 brown seed beads to each thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 8: Pick up the next petal by running the needle though the green seed bead going from left to right. Do this to both sides of the bracelet. (my photo is a bit misleading, it looks like I am going from right to left due to the way my thread is wrapped around…make sure you go from left to right!) Snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 9: Add 9 brown seed beads, 1 green seed bead and 4 more brown seed beads to each of the threads. It is from this point that you will repeat the steps until you have added all of the flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 10: You are going to add the next flower in the same way that you added the first one. 🙂 You will pick it up by the green seed beads on two adjacent petals, working the needles towards each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 11: This next step is also done the same way. Add 3 brown seed beads to each of the two threads. Then add (to one thread) 4 green seed beads. Take the needle back around and pass it back through the first green seed bead that you added and snug it up. You want to slide the little circle of beads all the way down to that is sits up against the 3 brown seed beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 12: Set down the thread that you strung the 4 green seed beads and pick up the other thread. Pass the needle through the third green seed bead and then snug it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 13: Add 3 brown seed beads to each of the threads, then pick up the last two free petals (on the flower to the left) Thread the needle through the green seed beads moving in the direction of the center of the bracelet towards the outer edge. As always, make sure you do it to both sides!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 14: Add 4 brown seed beads to each of the threads. You are going to pick up the green seed bead that you added in Step 9. Then add 9 more brown seed beads and pick up the top and bottom petals of the last flower you added by running the needle through the green seed bead. Pass the needles through the bead from the left to the right. Snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 15: Go back to Step 9. :p

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You will repeat Step 9- Step 14 unti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

l you have added all of the flowers. Once you have gotten the hang of this, it goes pretty quickly! Now we need to finish off the bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To each thread you want to add: 9 brown seed beads, 1 green seed bead, 4 brown seed beads, 1 more green seed bead and then 3 more brown seed beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To one of those threads ( I chose the bottom one) you want to add 4 green seed beads. Take the needle and pass it back through the first green seed bead you added and snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 3 more brown seed beads and then pick up the appropriate petal. I’m working with the bottom thread, so that would be the bottom right petal on the last flower. Pass the needle from the center of the bracelet to the outer edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 4 more brown seed beads. Then take the needle and pass it through the green seed bead, 4 brown seed beads and out the next green seed bead. (We are making the pretzel again.) Snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Set that thread aside and pick up the other one. You want to pass it through the third green seed bead in that little circle, just as you did when you were adding the flowers. Snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 3 more brown seed beads and pick up that last remaining petal on the last flower. Remember to run the needle through the green bead from the center of the bracelet towards the outer edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 3 more brown seed beads and then run the needle from green seed bead to green seed bead in the outer edge of the pretzel. Pull to snug everything up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once you have snugged everything up it should look roughly like this. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 5 brown seed beads to each thread and then pass both threads through 1 green seed bead. Snug everything up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add 24 brown seed beads to one of the threads, then cross the other thread back through all 24 beads. I used 24 because that it what it looked like in the diagram. If I were to make it again I think I would only use 23-24 so that it is a bit more snug)

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are going to pass both of the needles back through that last green seed bead going in opposite directions.

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When you snug everything up you will have a nice little loop of beads. Before working the threads back in to the piece and tying them off, I highly recommend that you try the bracelet on (carefully) and see if you like the size of the loop. I ran my thread back down in to the pretzel. I tied the thread together near the center green loop of beads. Then I wove both thread to an outer edge so that they crossed again and I finished it off. As usual, I daubed mine with a little bit of clear nail polish.
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And here we have the finished bracelet. This is a fairly inexpensive bracelet to make, especially if you have extra czech glass beads lying around and an extensive collection of seed beads. :p I made this one twice. Once in green to figure out how to do it, and then a second one in turquoise so that I could take photos for this post. They both look great and I have already received compliments while wearing them. I think that is the best thing about wearing beaded jewelry that you have made yourself. It isn’t too common to see people wearing it, so people tend to notice it more. It feels awesome to have a stranger compliment you on something you have made yourself. 🙂