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DYNAMIC DIAMONDSBEAD WEAVING
Components1 On 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread, pick up four 80 seed
beads, and sew through the beads again to form a ring, leaving a
6-in. (15 cm) tail (figure 1). Retrace the thread path once
2 Pick up an 110 seed bead, and sew through the next 80. Repeat
this stitch three times to complete the round (figure 2).
3 Pick up a 150 seed bead, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 150,
cross over the opening diag-onally, and sew through the
corresponding 80, going in the same direction (figure 3, a–b). Pick
up a 150, and sew back through the crys-tal. Pick up a 150, and sew
through the 80 your thread exited at the start of this step
4 Pick up an 110, two 150s, an O-bead, two 150s, and an 110,
skip the next 110 in the ring, and sew through the next 80 (figure
4, a–b). Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round
(b–c), and continue through the following 110, two 150s, and O-bead
(c–d). Make sure your thread is exiting the O-bead in the
upper-left corner and the crystal is in a horizontal position. End
the tail, but not the working thread, and set the component aside.
5 Repeat steps 1–4 to make 13 more compo-nents for a 71⁄2 in. (19.1
cm) bracelet (not including the clasp length).
Connect X-shaped components using seed beads, crystals, and
O-beads for a fun and easy-to-make bracelet of open diamonds.
by Connie Whittaker
FIGURE 4FIGURE 3FIGURE 2FIGURE 1
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80 seed bead
110 seed bead
150 seed bead
3 mm bicone crystal
Materialsgreen/purple bracelet 7¾ in. (19.7 cm)• 14 3 mm bicone
crystals (Swarovski, amethyst)• 3 g 3.8 mm O-beads (pastel
bordeaux)• 2 g 80 seed beads (Miyuki 2035, matte metallic khaki
iris)• 2 g 110 seed beads (Toho 512F, matte sage pewter)• 2 g 150
seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)• 1 toggle clasp• Fireline, 6 lb.
test• beading needles, #11 or # 12
Information for the teal colorway is listed at
Basics, p. 78• ending and adding thread
6 Place two components next to each other with the working
threads in the top-left position. With the working thread from the
right-hand component, pick up an 110, a 150, an O-bead, a 150, and
an 110, and sew down through the top-right O-bead in the left
component (figure 5, a–b). Pick up an 110, and sew up through the
O-bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Retrace
the thread path using a tight tension, and continue through the
110, 150, O-bead, 150, and 110 just added, and the next nine beads
in the left-hand component to exit the lower-right O-bead (c–d).
Work as before to attach the bottom corners (d–e), and end this
thread.7 Work as in step 6 to attach the remaining components, and
end any remaining threads.
Clasp1 Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to an end component, exiting
an 110 as shown (figure 6, point a) with the needle pointing toward
the top edge of the component. Pick up four 150s, the loop of a
toggle ring, and four 150s, and sew back through the 110 your
thread exited at the start of this step to form a loop (a–b). Sew
through the next 80 and the following 110 (b–c). Pick up four 150s,
sew through the loop on the toggle ring, pick up four 150s, and sew
back through the 110 your thread just exited (c–d). Retrace the
thread path, and end the thread.2 Repeat step 1 to attach the
toggle bar to the other end of the bracelet, but pick up six seed
beads instead of four for each side of each loop. Check to make
sure the toggle works properly, and adjust the number of 150s in
the loops if necessary. w
FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6