BeeJang (beejang) wrote in bead_tutorial,

[Tutorial] Block Bracelet

I'm sorry for lack of updates. I sat at my work station and no idea came out so ... haha. Anyway, here my new tutorial.

Tutorial : Block Bracelet
Level : Beginner








What you need
- 4 mm. Bicones Swarovski Crystal. However, this is not fix to bicones. You can use any kind of beads you want.
- Bugle beads.
- Seed beads.
- Nylon coated thread no. 20 or use any kind of thread you want. Just make sure it's small enough to go back and forth bugle beads.
- Clasp and o-rings

Color is your choice. Here I use four colors for bicones (Sapphire, Light Emerald, White Opal Star Shine and Shadow Crystal) and metallic black for beads.

In this tutorial, the color is picked up randomly. So you can use any color you want.

1.



Cut the nylon thread around 1 m. - 1.20 m. This is for a single row only. I, personally, don't like to work with the long thread. It always messes up. In the example, I made two rows stick together. I did one row, end it. Then I cut another thread and did another new row tied to the first row. However, if you have small beautiful wrists, you can make just one row to fit your wrist. Then cut the thread only 1 m. It's enough.

I start with bugle bead, add two bicones each line and join both lines by a seed bead (red arrow).

Here! If you want to make single row, don't start with bugle bead. Use around 8 - 10 seed beads and join both lines by a bugle bead. The seed beads will form a circle for you to add o-ring and clasp. You can take a look HERE

2.



Now we add two bicones to each line and join them with bugle bead.

3.



Add one bugle bead to one side (red arrow) and put the line into the first bugle bead (blue arrow).

4.



Pick the other line, add one bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the same first bugle bead (blue arrow).

5.



Now, add crystal to each line and join both lines by seed bead (red arrow).

6.



Add crystal to each line and join them with bugle bead (red arrow).

7.



Now here, you can pick up any line, add a bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the bugle bead (blue arrow).

8.



Add bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the bugle bead (blue arrow). Pull both lines tight.

9.



Now you repeat step 5 - 8. You will get three blocks. However, you can make any number of block you like or pick any color you want.

Note here, in step 7, I pick up the left line and do it clockwise. But when I do the third block, I pick up the right line and do it counter-clockwise. Both line will end up equally.

10.



Now, add five seed beads to each line and join them with seed bead. Continue adding other five seed beads to each line and end it with bugle bead.

11.



Now you repeat it until you get almost the length of your wrist. I don't have fix calculation, just estimate it with my eyes. Let's say the wrist's length minus 1cm. Don't forget that you have to add o-ring and clasp too. The 'minus 1 cm.' means o-ring and clasp.

Now, sting back into your work and tie the lines together.

Here, if you want to make a single row (as I mention in the first step), just end it with seed beads, the same number you used in the first step. Put the lines back into bugle bead and string back into your work, tie the lines together tightly.

12.



Now, I will continue with another row. Cut the nylon thread 1 m. - 1.20 m. Do it as in the picture. Add bugle bead in the middle of the thread, add crystal to each side and join the lines by a seed bead. Then add crystal to each line and join the lines by bugle bead.

13.



Now, we will tie the new row to the previous row. Put a line into the bugle bead of the previous row (red arrow) and put that line into the first bugle bead of the new row (blue arrow).

14.



Now, add one bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the bugle bead (blue arrow). Pull both lines tightly.

15.



Add crystal to each line, join the lines by a seed bead. Continue adding crystal to each line and join them with bugle bead.

16.



This is as I said before, you can do it clockwise or counter clockwise or switch them. This time, I pick up the above line to tie the line with the previous row. Put the line into the bugle bead of the previous row (red arrow) and into the bugle bead (blue arrow).

19.



I know it's my fault. I miss a picture! I forget the take a picture but never mind. It's pretty much the same.

Add one bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the bugle bead (blue arrow). Pull the lines tightly.

Now, you do the rest. :D

20.



These following steps are how I end it. I string them into pyramid shape. This is optional, you can just put seed beads and sting back into bugle beads.

If you want to follow me, then we continue. Add bugle bead to each line and join the lines by seed bead.

21.



Add bugle bead and a seed bead into the above line.

22.



Add one bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into the bugle bead (blue arrow).

23.



Add bugle bead (red arrow) and put the line into a seed bead (blue arrow).

24.



Add bugle bead to each line and join the lines by two seed beads (or just one seed bead if you like). String the lines back into your work. Try to make both lines collide so that you can tie them together.

25.



Now, we end it. Add o-ring (red arrow) and add clasp.



I'm sorry if my explanation seems a little confusing. But believe me, I mark this bracelet beginner level because it's very easy. Once you can do the first block and you continue the rest without my tutorial.

I have no pattern for this bracelet. Sorry.

Enjoy beading!

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