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two for the wrist

Liz Helke

This beautiful, comfortable


bracelet features two-hole seed
beads accented with crystal bicones
and works up quickly. It is versatile
enough to wear with anything from
jeans to a little black dress.

technique
right-angle weave variation

Projec t level

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1) Top strip. Use a variation of right-

angle weave to stitch the top strip of fans:


Unit 1: Use 4' of thread to string 1A, 1E,
1A, 1B, 1A, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1A, and 1B, leaving a 6" tail. Pass through all the beads
again to form a tight circle and tie a
square knot with the working and tail
threads. Pass through the first
1A/1E/1A/1B strung and the second
hole of the last B exited. Manipulate the
beads so the B and C point away from
the center of the circle like a fan (Fig.1,
green thread).
Unit 2: String 1A, 1E, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1C, 1A,
1C, and 1A; pass through the second
hole of the last B exited (Fig.1, blue
thread). Repeat the thread path to reinforce and tighten. Weave through the
first 1A/1E/1A/1B just added and the
second hole of the last B added (Fig.1,
red thread).
Units 316: Repeat Unit 2 thirteen times
for a total of 15 units. Repeat Unit 2
again, but this time theres no need to
step up through the second hole of the
last B exited. Secure the thread and
trim. Set the top strip aside.

2) Bottom strip. Repeat Step 1 to form

Materials

the bottom strip, this time starting with 6'


of thread. On the final unit, weave
through beads to exit from the second hole
of the second C added (the thread will
point toward the nearest end of the strip).
Dont trim the thread.

3 g metallic dark green iris size 11 Japanese


seed beads (A)
3 g clear 52.5mm 2-hole seed beads (B)
5 g matte metallic silver 52.5mm 2-hole
seed beads (C)
2 g metallic dark green iris 52.5mm 2-hole
seed beads (D)
32 emerald AB 6mm crystal bicones (E)
1 pewter 15mm shank button
Crystal 6 lb braided beading thread

3) Center. Stitch the strips together:


Position: Turn the top strip (the one with-

out a working thread) over so the E are


on the top edge. Position the bottom
strip below the top strip so the C of each
strip touch.
Stitch 1: Use the working thread of the
bottom strip to pass through the nearest
hole of the mirror C on the top strip.
String 1D; pass through the nearest hole
of the next C along the top strip,
through the top hole of the next C along
the bottom strip, through the bottom
hole of the D just added, and through
the top hole of the original C exited in
this stitch (Fig.2, blue thread). Weave
through beads to exit from the top hole
of the next C along the bottom strip
(Fig.2, red thread).

Tools
Scissors
Size 10 beading needle
Finished size: 7"

Artists Tips
Check all the two-hole seed beads before stringing
them to make sure both holes will accommodate
multiple thread passes. Discard any beads that are
lopsided or misshapen.

Fig.1: Forming Units 1 and 2 of the first strip

Avoid using clear or color-lined two-hole beads for E


and F, as they will tend to visually disappear in this
bracelet design.
The instructions call for a single thread color
throughout the bracelet. Choose the color that best
matches your E and F beads because a bit of thread
may show between the beads.
Many two-hole beads are thinner at one end than the
other. For a more consistent look, string the thinner
ends first while making the strips.
Maintain an even tension throughout the piece, but
dont pull too hard. Too firm a tension when working
the center in Step 3 may cause the bracelet to pucker.
Fig.2: Connecting the strips

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Options
The design uses 6mm crystal bicones, but
6mm rounds or fire-polished rounds will
work just as well.
You can substitute 5mm beads for the
6mm ones, but you will need more of
them to achieve the same overall length.

Stitches 215: Repeat Stitch 1 fourteen

times to connect the bottom and top


strips. Note: The D will sit at the center
of the bracelet, each one positioned
between the B at the top and bottom.

Fig.3: Adding the end loop

4) Clasp loop. Pass through the nearest


hole of the mirror C on the top strip. String
1D and 1A; pass through the second hole
of the nearest B. String 21A; pass up
through the outer hole of the end B on the
bottom strip. String 1A; pass through the
bottom hole of the D added at the beginning of this step and the top hole of the
nearest C (Fig.3). Repeat the thread path
twice to reinforce. Secure this thread
and trim.
5) Clasp button. Position the bracelet

so the non-loop end points up. Weave the


tail thread through beads to exit from the
second hole of the nearest C, toward the
end of the work. String 1D, 3A, the button,
and 1A; pass back through the second A
just added. String 1A; pass through the
second hole of the 1D just added (Fig.4,
green thread). Weave through beads to
exit from the outer hole of the right end B
toward the center of the work. String 1A;
pass down through the nearest hole of the
D added in this section, down through the
nearest C, up through the mirror C, and
through the first hole of the D added in
this section (Fig.4, blue thread). String
1A; pass through the outer, then inner
hole of the left end B (Fig.4, red thread).
Repeat the thread path twice to reinforce.
Secure the thread and trim.

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Fig.4: Attaching the clasp button

Liz Helke fell in love with seed beads when she


was in elementary school, but raising a family and
practicing law forced her to put beadwork on hold for
many years. Now retired, Liz has returned with delight
to this childhood hobby, and she enjoys designing and
teaching seed bead projects.

Resources Check your local bead shop or


contact: Swarovski crystal bicones: Artbeads.com,
(866) 715-2323. Seed beads, Twin 2-hole seed beads,
and FireLine braided beading thread: Accents Beads,
(301) 881-2003, www.accentsbeads.com.

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