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Feb. 4th, 2010 @ 10:28 pm [Tutorial] Crystal Bracelet : Donut Thai Style Part 1
Yes, I got many requests asking how to make this bracelet. It seems that the pattern is only available in my country. I don't know who is the original designer of this bracelet. But I got the pattern from Thai Crystal Magazine (December 2008) so all the credit will go to them.

Tutorial : Crystal Bracelet Donut Thai Style Part 1
Level : Advance






And yes, this is quite an advance project. You need many steps to complete it. Also, my photos may be not very clear. This project was very hard for me to take the good and clear photos at the right angle. If you don't understand my tutorial, feel free to ask me or follow the patterns.

Equipment :
- Swarovski Crystal 4 mm.
- Seed bead 11/o
- Watch Clasp
- Crimp beads
- Monofilament Beading Thread (0.20mm - 0.25mm). (More info in this tutorial).

You need a lot of crystals and seed beads here. My bracelet length is 7 inches. I used 294 crystals.

I use Watch Clasp, the same clasp for this tutorial. If you can't find it locally, just use any clasp with two or three holes.

I use two sizes of the threads. But it's optional. I use No. 20 small thread to bead the seed bead base. Just to reduce the tension inside the beads and allow me to pass many threads into the same bead.

The first few step is somewhat similar to Netting stitch. You have to make the base first and add crystal later.

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First, we will make the base. Cut two No.20 nylon threads about your one arm span. String 11 seed beads.

2.



Cross the threads at a new seed bead (red arrow). Add three new seed beads to each thread.

3.



Join the threads of each side at the new seed beads (red arrows).

4.



Pick up the middle pair threads to add three new seed beads to each thread. Cross both threads at a new seed bead (red arrow).

5.



Pick up two left threads. Add new seven seed beads to the outer thread. And add three seed beads to the other. Cross both threads at a new seed bead (red arrow).

Do the same for the right side. And repeat step 4 and 5.

Note : For the length of the base, if it is for 6 inches wrist, make it 16 pairs of seed beads base. For 7 inches, 17 pairs will fit tightly. However, my clasp is 3 cm. If your clasp is smaller than 3 cm., you can make 17 pairs of base.

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When you're done, string back into the beads and knot the threads. Don't forget that the last pair should count 11 seed beads, the same number as we start.

Note : Don't worry if the base seems longer than your wrist. The finished project will be tight and shorter than the base you have now.

7.



Cut two No.25 nylon threads about your wingspan (your open arms). Put the two threads into the clasp. Add two seed beads and one crystal to each side.

8.



Pick up two threads - one for each side. Put the thread from the left crystal into the right crystal (red arrow) and from right to left crystal.

9.



I will do the left side first. Pick up a thread from the left crystal and put it into three seed beads of the base. Add one crystal to the right thread of the left crystal and put the thread into the same three seed beads.

10.



Now we do the same to the right crystal. Put the right thread from the right crystal into the three seed beads of the base. Put the left thread into the new crystal we added from the previous step (red arrow) and put the thread into the three seed beads.

11.



At the left pair, add one new crystal to left thread and cross both threads at the new crystal (red arrow).

12.



Add new crystal to the left thread (red arrow). Cross both threads at the three seed beads of the base.

13.



Repeat step 11 and 12 to the right side. Pull the threads tight to pin the crystals on the base.

14.



We first do the left side again. At the pair of the left threads, add one crystal to the right thread. Cross both threads at a new crystal (red arrow).

15.



Add one new crystal to the right thread (red arrow). Cross both threads at the three seed beads of the base.

16.



We do the right side. At the pair of the right threads, put the left thread to the crystal (red arrow). Cross both threads at a new crystal (blue arrow).

17.



Put the left thread to the crystal (red arrow). Cross both threads at the three seed beads of the base.

18.



Repeat step 11 - 17 to pin the crystals to the base. Don't worry if the bracelet is a little longer than your wrist. The very last step will tighten it up.

We will do the same as we start the bracelet. You have two last crystals. At the left crystal, put the right thread to the right crystal. Put the left thread of the right crystal to the left crystal (red arrow).

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Add two seed beads to each side. Then add the clasp and crimp bead. Make sure you pull the threads tight enough, then crush the crimp bead. Remove the rest of the threads.

Note : For me, I don't like to use the crimp bead because I often couldn't pull the threads tight. What I did was just string the threads back to the crystals and knot them tight.

20.



You have done the first part of the bracelet. If you love it, you can stop here.

The patterns of the whole bracelet are here. Sorry, there are all in Thai.
- Page 1
- Page 2
- Page 3
- Page 4

Please continue with the second part of the tutorial HERE

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From:foxy_baby05
Date:February 4th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that is so gorgeous!
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From:mumms
Date:February 4th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Very beautiful! Thank you for this great tutorial!
I have a question: what size of seed beads I need? Looks like size 11/o?
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From:beejang
Date:February 4th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah yes, I forget to mention. It's 11/o.
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From:kristiawati
Date:May 20th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)

beautiful

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Beejang,
thank you so much for showing us how to make this bracelet. so beautiful.

Is Crystal Magazine showing many patterns? I wish I could buy the magazines.
I saw at Bead2u.com, but I do not understand Thais.
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From:beejang
Date:May 26th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)

Re: beautiful

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Sorry for my late reply. I just saw your comment.

There are ten patterns in the magazine. I also took the pattern from this magazine. : )
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From:Audrey Goon
Date:June 24th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
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What colors did you use?
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From:beejang
Date:June 25th, 2013 09:15 am (UTC)
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Miyuki - #3 silverlined gold
Swarovski 4mm. - Jet, Morion, Olivine, Light Olivine, Light Rose, Rose and Ruby.

I think swarovski discontinued Morion already. You can use Black Diamond or maybe Silver Night.
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From:oliviaaurora
Date:September 1st, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
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This bracelet is simply beautiful. Can you tell me where I can buy the clasp; can't seem to find it. Thank you
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From:beejang
Date:September 1st, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
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I got the clasp from a local shop in Bangkok. :D
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From:oliviaaurora
Date:September 1st, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
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Thank you Beejang, I'll try and find it here in the USA. I am going to order bicones and try and make the bracelet. Thank you so much.
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From:oliviaaurora
Date:September 1st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Hi beejang, I am not having any luck finding this clasp on any USA online bead stores and have checked on ebay also. Do you think I could make the bracelet with a similar 3 strand clasp. I will keep trying to find the clasp because I think it is perfect for this beautiful bracelet. Thank you, Brenda
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From:beejang
Date:September 2nd, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
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Brenda, I just found another words to call this clasp. It's fold over or snap lock clasp, and lucky you, I found some US shop at etsy that got them,
https://www.etsy.com/listing/81305667/2-fold-over-or-snap-lock-3-hole-fan?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=snap

:D
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From:oliviaaurora
Date:September 5th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
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Hello Beejang, I was just reading part two of this bracelet. On steps 17 and 18 do you mean to do those steps on the other end of the bracelet or do you do those steps on the whole back?
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From:beejang
Date:September 5th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
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Not the other end. In the photo step 17, I showed only for the left side, you do the same to the right side.
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From:Linda Lorraine Blitz
Date:November 14th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
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Hi you say you use a watch hook with 2 or 3 holes but you cut 2 strings one arm span.... my question is how many strings is there cos i cannot work the pattern out thankyou
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From:beejang
Date:November 14th, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
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When weaving with the clasp on step 7, you cut two new strings. These two will become four strings when pass through the clasp. You will work with four strings when adding crystals to the base.

In this bracelet, you will work with many strings. Two for the base, another two for adding crystals, and more on the next steps. Not to mention if you run out of string on the way and need to continue new string. :-)
From:Emily Charbonnet
Date:December 18th, 2018 08:05 am (UTC)

Pic 6

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I can't figure out how you added the last 11 seed beads. Is there a way you can show this step?
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From:beejang
Date:December 18th, 2018 10:55 am (UTC)

Re: Pic 6

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Actually, there is nothing special. It's just the repeat of step 5. The 11 seed beads I meant are the blue line here.



it's just to check that you did it correctly. During the end of the netting base, the last loop should have 11 pcs on each side.