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Dec. 17th, 2010 @ 11:59 am [Tutorial] Double Spiral Bracelet
Tutorial : Double Spiral Bracelet
Level : Beginner
Technique : Double Spiral Rope

- Crystals 4mm
- Seed beads 11/0
- Seed beads 8/0
- Thread and Needle
- Jumprings and clasp

Two colors are Fire Opal and Jet. You can change crystals to pearls or any bead you like.

My seed beads 11/0 are gold silver lined and opaque black.

Seed beads 8/0 will be my core beads and double spiral requires you to sew to the core beads many times. If you find it difficult to pass through the core beads, you can change to 6/0 or any bigger beads. You can use any color because they core beads will hardly be seen.

The clasp I use is magnetic ball clasp with rhinestones. You can change to your favorite clasp or make your own bead clasp.

This technique is basic but the challenge is how you sew to the core beads. Don't panic if you break your needle. I broke mine too while I was doing this bracelet. lol~


On the comfortable length of thread, add four 8/0 seed beads to be your core beads. Then, add two 11/0 seed beads, one crystal and two 11/0 seed beads. This will be my black set.

Note : If you use other sizes of seed beads or crystals, you can adjust the number of core beads and seed beads. The size of the bracelet will be a little different from my tutorial.


Sew to the four core beads (red arrow).

We are doing double spiral so you don't have to add new core bead here.

Add two new 11/0 seed beads, one crystal and two 11/0 seed beads. This will be my orange set.


Sew to the four core beads (red arrow).

After we finish adding one of each set, we will add new core bead and repeat adding each set. Add one 8/0 seed bead to be the core bead (blue arrow). Then the black set, add two 11/0 seed beads, one crystal and two 11/0 seed beads.


Please remember that we have to sew through four core beads. We already added new core bead from the previous step, so we have to minus one core bead too.

So first, separate the two sets apart. We want to lie the new black set next to the first black set. Now, sew to the second core bead (red arrow) and to the next two core beads. Then, sew to the core bead we just add in previous step (blue arrow).


Then we add another orange set. Add two 11/0 seed beads, one crystal and two 11/0 seed bead.


Sew to the same four core beads from step 4. But this time, please lie your new orange set next to your first orange set.

Now we repeat adding the core beads and black set from step 3 and repeat the whole process to step 6.


This is how I end the bracelet. I made the ring of seed beads to add jumprings and clasp later.

Exit your thread at the last core bead. Add seven 11/0 seed beads and sew back to the two core beads (red arrows).


I add another small set here to cover the last core beads.

Add one 11/0 seed bead, one crystal and one 11/0 seed bead. Sew to the last core bead (red arrow).

Also, add the small orange set in the same manner and sew to the core bead. You can sew back to the ring of seed beads to tighten them.


Add jumprings and clasp.


This is another example of double spiral. Here I used fresh water pearls with diagonal side drilled. I plan to change the magnetic clasp to handmade beaded bead later. But I need to master beaded bead technique first. lol

This technique is easy and fun. But yes, sometime it is hard to sew to the core beads. Try mixing different beads and see the result!

Hope you enjoy this tutorial. Happy beading. ♥

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Aerith Miss You
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Date:December 17th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
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Oh my I love both! I enjoyed the tutorial so much. I would definitely try this out. Thanks a lot :)
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Date:December 17th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
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The result is fantastic! These bracelets are very beautiful! I will try this technique too, many thanks :)
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Date:December 17th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
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Thanks for adding me!! This community is just beautiful and I was looking everywhere tutorials like this. Thanks a lot for sharing and I will try out too. :)
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Date:December 17th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!♥Can't wait to try it.
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Date:December 17th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing. This is a great tutorial and easy to make bracelet.

Keep beading.

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Date:December 17th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I love the pearl one!
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Date:December 27th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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This was very clear -- and something I've been trying to remember how to do! Thanks very much.
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Date:August 11th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm very happy to join this community. I finished this bracelet last night. Thanks for the tutorial. Will try the pearl one later.
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Date:April 28th, 2015 04:37 am (UTC)

Supply amounts?

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It doesn't list the estimated amounts of beads needed for each type of bead. Would you happen to know how many of each bead you used for this specific bracelet in the tutorial? I understand it varies by the size you make. Thank you.
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Date:April 28th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Supply amounts?

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I'm so sorry for the missing info. I know it sound like an bad excuse but I never really count how many beads used in the projects especially the early tutorials like this one.

My best guess is you need around 70-80 pcs each color for crystals. For seed beads, I'm not really sure how many grams it needed. But one bag or tube should be enough. :D