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Sep. 21st, 2010 @ 06:35 pm [Tutorial] Flower Spiral #1
This is one of the most requested tutorial I received apart from Donut Thai style. lol

Tutorial : Flower Spiral #1
Level : Intermediate to Advance
Technique : Cross-weaving








Equipment
- Crystal Bicone 4mm. 4 colors (Color
- Seed bead 11/o
- Nylon thread no. 30
- Clasp.
- Jumprings (optional if you connect clasp directly to bead tips.)
- Bead tips and crimp beads
- Pliers

This project is not difficult but you have to work with four threads at the same time. It will be a little confusing for the beginner. If you want to try weaving this bracelet but still confusing, try using only 1 color until you understand how it weaves.

I use 4 colors for crystals. They are Montana (A), Aquamarine (B), Jet (C) and Peridot (D), all are AB2X. 3 colors will be used for flowers. One main color is Montana AB2X. Two accent colors are Aquamarine AB2X and Jet AB2X. The other last color Peridot AB2X will be something like the separators or connectors of the flowers.

I use magnetic ball clasp which is now my favorite clasp.

1.



Cut two nylon threads around 1.25 - 1.75 m. String them to the crimp bead and bead tip. Crush the crimp bead with pliers and then bead tip. You will get four threads to work with. Pair them and add each pair with a seed bead.

2.



Pick up one thread from one pair. Add one crystal D and one crystal A. The other thread of the same pair add one crystal A. Cross both threads at a seed bead (red arrow).

Do the same for the other pair but change crystal A to crystal B.

3.



Please take note from the previous step. You will see two threads from the different pair that point to the same direction. Pick the thread that the previous step used two crystals color D and A, and please add new crystal A and D. (In my photo, it's the upper thread.)

For the other thread you should notice that the previous step it used only one crystal B, we add one new crystal B to this thread.

Cross both threads at the seed bead (red arrow).

4.



Now move on the other side. Please notice from step 2. Pick up the thread that in the step 2 used only one crystal A, add one new crystal A to that thread. (In my photo, it's the upper thread.)

For the other thread, you should notice that from step 2 this thread used two crystals, that are D and B. So now, we add new Crystal B and D to this thread.

Cross both threads at the seed bead (red arrow). Pull the threads tight.

Now, you got two flowers now. One with crystal A and the other with crystal B.

5.



The rest of the bracelet is just the same pattern from step 2 - 4. The tip of this bracelet is to notice the previous crystals in that thread. If that thread used two crystals, that thread will use two crystals for the rest of the bracelet. The same is for one crystal. What matter is colors.

Since color A is my main colors. I will repeat using color A here. Now, we add two crystals to the threads (color D and A). Add crystal A to the other thread. Cross them at a seed bead (red arrow).

6.



Move to the other side. This flower will be the second accent color. Add one crystal C to one thread. Add one crystal D and one crystal C to the other thread. Cross both threads at a seed bead (red arrow).

7.



This is similar to step 3. Look at the previous step. The thread with two crystals will be added with two crystals. So add them with crystal C and D.

The other thread will be only one crystal. Add Crystal A to that thread.

Cross them at the seed beads (red arrow).

8.



I'm sorry I forgot to take the photo of this step but it is similar to step 4. But you need to change colors accordingly.



End the bracelet the same way we start. Add your favorite clasp.



I know it looks very confusing. It's hard to make a tutorial for something spiral.

And don't be upset if you can't make it on your first try. It took me many attempts to get it right too!



And also, some of you who have bought the book from me with this bracelet pattern, I think I forget to tell you that the pattern is not correct. There are few beads missing and I don't think the publisher is bother to correct it. The book is out of print and I can't find it anywhere now. Anyway, please stick with my updated pattern here.



Enjoy beading!
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From:natalies_perlen
Date:September 21st, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
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thank you very much! it's a very beautiful project!
From:ghoulsis
Date:September 21st, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh my goodness, how beautiful! The pink one is especially stunning!
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From:nickygabriel
Date:September 21st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Wow, beautiful!
I will try it as soon as I have the beads! :)
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From:enchantinglight
Date:September 22nd, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
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Aboslutely beautiful!
From:ext_272766
Date:October 1st, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
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wow!!!this bracelet is wonderful. How many crystal bicones need for it????
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From:beejang
Date:October 3rd, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
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Sadly, I already sold this bracelet and I couldn't remember the exact number. It should be around 220-230 bicones.
From:caribbeangirl4
Date:November 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
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send me your email, my email is stapleway@live.com. This is for the Flower Spiral Bracelet we discussed. Again Stunning Pieces, You're very talented.
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From:Syarhah M. Tahir
Date:October 28th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)

Simply lovely

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The pink one looks like weaved flowers, love the colour. The blue is stunning. Thanks for the tutorial!
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From:beejang
Date:December 13th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I think most of suppliers selling at etsy are willing to ship worldwide. Me too, actually ♥ Message me if you need anything. (Well, if you don't mind two or more weeks shipping from Thailand.)
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From:blt1954
Date:October 29th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)

where to buy beads online

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Fire Mountain Gems is a wonderful place to purchase beads online
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From:Syarhah M. Tahir
Date:January 10th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)

sharing what I have done hehe..

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I started by weaving and taking all the beads out about 4 times before I figured out how I can get the stunning look. I wanted to do the pink one but I don't have the same colours. I end up doing 5 colours. peach as the connectors. rose and padparadcha as the main flowers, I also use fuchia and fire opal after 2 lines of the main flowers. I do that because the fuchia and fire opal stands out, too much and it will look crowded.. wish I can upload the pic but I don't know how to.

I can't find the AB2x in Malaysia, the colour that you use. I love your blue..
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 20th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)

gorgeous bracelet

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such a gorgeous bracelet. i reaaly love the colors u chose. however i find difficulty to do this braceklet cos the colors are close. can u show the design by using contrasting colors?
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From:beejang
Date:May 20th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)

Re: gorgeous bracelet

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I'm thinking to remake this tutorial to be more contrasting color too. :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 25th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: gorgeous bracelet

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yeayyy, thank you. Can't wait for that!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 16th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
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scusami potrei avere lo schema intero del bracciale rosa sopra????grazie...
From:ansa babu
Date:December 9th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)

Thread used

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Could you please let me know the thread and the brand used for this?
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From:beejang
Date:December 10th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Thread used

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The thread I used in that tutorial (and most of my tutorials that I said nylon or I used crossweaving technique) used what it called Monofilament Beading Thread. More info in this tutorial http://bead-tutorial.livejournal.com/42426.html.