Diamond Duo Silver And Black Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

 

I often think about my first beading projects and how overwhelming they seemed. Most of them were woven designs that required some experience and lots of patience. This is not that kind of project. No matter how involved this bracelet looks, it's incredibly simple to create. It's not so much a woven project as it is a "stringing project". You keep adding beads from one end of the thread. When you've added all the beads you need, you start adding beads moving in the opposite direction. With the exception of a few half-hitch knots, that's about it. If the knot term intimidates you, check out my Beadology page and see how easy they are to create. This glossy Diamond Duo (each bead has a hole at the top and bottom of the diamond) is worth the effort. The bracelet's contemporary design and colors blend with almost any clothing. Although I've been beading for a long time, I've never tried the Diamond Duos. Their unique shape gives me so many design ideas. I have a feeling they will be an element in many of my future projects.

BDB = Black Diamond Bead      

SDB = Silver Diamond Bead

Directions

step 1 - Cut the thread to measure six feet. If you're not comfortable working with such a long thread, use half the amount and create half-hitch knots when your strand runs out and you need to add a new length. Thread the needle and pass it through the bottom hole of a BDB and the top hole of a SDB. Leave a 24” tail. Add beads in this order until you have 30 BDBs on the thread.

step 1 - Cut the thread to measure six feet. If you're not comfortable working with such a long thread, use half the amount and create half-hitch knots when your strand runs out and you need to add a new length. Thread the needle and pass it through the bottom hole of a BDB and the top hole of a SDB. Leave a 24” tail. Add beads in this order until you have 30 BDBs on the thread.

step 2 - Attach half of the clasp. You will pass through it a total of three times to secure the clasp. First, add two Delicas, the clasp, and two more Delicas. Bring the needle to the top hole of the end BDB. Pass through the second BDB. Create a half hitch-knot (red dot). Retrace your steps and move back through the delicas and the clasp, then the second two Delicas. Insert the needle into the bottom hole of the end BDB and then the second BDB. Create a half-hitch knot. Retrace your steps until the needle is back at the first half-hitch knot. Continue adding SDBs between the BDBs until you have 29 SDBs on the thread.

step 2 - Attach half of the clasp. You will pass through it a total of three times to secure the clasp. First, add two Delicas, the clasp, and two more Delicas. Bring the needle to the top hole of the end BDB. Pass through the second BDB. Create a half hitch-knot (red dot). Retrace your steps and move back through the delicas and the clasp, then the second two Delicas. Insert the needle into the bottom hole of the end BDB and then the second BDB. Create a half-hitch knot. Retrace your steps until the needle is back at the first half-hitch knot. Continue adding SDBs between the BDBs until you have 29 SDBs on the thread.

step 3 - Bring the needle up to the top hole of the last SDB. Add a Super Duo. Continue adding Super Duos between the SDBs until you have added 28 Super Duos.

step 3 - Bring the needle up to the top hole of the last SDB. Add a Super Duo. Continue adding Super Duos between the SDBs until you have added 28 Super Duos.

step 4 - Add three Delicas to the thread and pass the needle through the top hole of the first Super Duo. Add two more Delicas and move through the next Super Duo. Continue working across the row adding two Delicas between the Super Duos.

step 4 - Add three Delicas to the thread and pass the needle through the top hole of the first Super Duo. Add two more Delicas and move through the next Super Duo. Continue working across the row adding two Delicas between the Super Duos.

step 5 - After passing through the last Super Duo add three Delicas. Insert the needle into the top hole of the last SDB.

step 5 - After passing through the last Super Duo add three Delicas. Insert the needle into the top hole of the last SDB.

step 6 - Move through the bottom hole of the next Super Duo, and the top hole of the next SDB. Create a half hitch knot here.

step 6 - Move through the bottom hole of the next Super Duo, and the top hole of the next SDB. Create a half hitch knot here.

step 7 - Move the needle back in the opposite direction ending up at the top hole of the SDB.

step 7 - Move the needle back in the opposite direction ending up at the top hole of the SDB.

step 8 - Move the needle down to the top hole of the BDB.

step 8 - Move the needle down to the top hole of the BDB.

step 9 - Move the needle across the beads as in step 6. Create a half hitch knot here.

step 9 - Move the needle across the beads as in step 6. Create a half hitch knot here.

step 10 - Move the needle back in the opposite direction. Add two Delicas, the clasp, and two more Delicas. Insert the needle in the bottom hole of the BDB.

step 10 - Move the needle back in the opposite direction. Add two Delicas, the clasp, and two more Delicas. Insert the needle in the bottom hole of the BDB.

step 11 - Move the needle through the beads to create a half hitch knot. To reinforce the clasp connection, move back out to the clasp. Pass through the Delicas and clasp. Bring the needle through the top hole of the end BDB. Work through the beads to create two or three half hitch knots.  Cut away excess thread.

step 12 - To finish the opposite edge of the bracelet, add a needle to the tail. Insert it into the bottom hole of the SDB. Add a Super Duo and continue doing so across the row just as you did in step three. At the end of the row add three Delicas and move across the work adding two Delicas between the Super Duos. Add three Delicas after the last Super Duo. Move the needle into the bottom hole of the last SDB. Work through the beads to create half hitch knots.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 58 Silver Diamond Duo Beads
  • 30 Jet Diamond Duo Beads
  • 56 Super Duo Beads
  • Wild Fire Black Beading Thread .008"

At Michaels Store

  • 134 Delicas – Jet
  • Magnetic clasp
  • Beading Needle

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