Kiss Me Valentine Bracelet
Silver lined crystal beads create the kisses in this rich beaded garnet bracelet, a perfect piece of jewelry to wear for Valentine’s Day and all year round. Made with the Peyote stitch, it’s a simple repeat pattern. I’ve given you the placement for the “kisses”. Just follow the bead colors and you can’t go wrong.
Because this bracelet uses the same background color bead, it may be helpful to print out the pattern below and place slash marks on rows as you complete them. This will will make it easier to keep track of where you are in your work.
step 1 - Cut a piece of beading thread to measure three yards plus 12 inches. Attach a stop bead 12 inches from one end. The 12 inches of thread will be used to work in the clasp later.
step 2 - As you work this beading, don’t pull the entire length of thread through each and every bead. This will add more time to the work than is necessary. Instead, work the needle through the beads in each row with just enough extra thread to reach the end of the row. Once you’ve come to the end of the row, pull the entire length of thread through all the beads. Holding your hand on the length of thread while you pull it through the beads, will minimize problems with the thread getting knotted.
step 3 - Working from right to left, string on eight garnet beads to create the first row. Now add one more garnet bead which will be the start of the second row.
step 4 - For the rest of the bracelet, you will only be adding 4 new beads per row, working them into the previous design. Working from left to right, pass your needle through the second bead of the first row. Pull the thread through but don’t worry too much about the look of things at this point. By the time you finish this row you will see a pattern emerging.
step 5 - Add on another garnet bead and pass through the fourth bead of the previous row.
step 6 - Add another garnet bead and pass through the sixth garnet bead of the previous row
step 7 - Add another garnet bead and pass through the end bead of the previous row.
step 8 - You have finished a complete row and should notice that what you’re creating is a design with four beads that drop down from the previous work. This will happen with each row you complete. You will repeat the bead work you just completed to create the remainder of the bracelet. Work each new row in the opposite direction.
step 9 - Follow the pattern pictured on this page. Print it out and enlarge it if you need to. The pattern shows you where you should use silver lined crystal beads instead of garnet beads to create the kisses.
step 10 - Because this bracelet mainly uses the same color bead, it may be helpful to print out this pattern and place slash marks on rows as you complete them. This will will make it easier to keep track of where you are in your work.
step 11 - The finished bracelet measures 6.25” without the clasp. If you need a longer bracelet, add additional rows of red garnet beads on each end of the bracelet. Eight rows equal one inch.
Attaching The Clasp
By design, the Peyote stitch creates an uneven edge at the beginning and end of the bracelet. To create a flush edge on which to attach the slide clasp, work two crystal seed beads between the garnet beads to finish the last row.
Bring your needle from the center of the first set of crystal beads through the first ring in the tube clasp. Go back into the crystal beads and work your thread through the garnet bead to get to the next set of crystal beads. Again bring your needle out from the center and through the second ring in the clasp. Continue working across the row securing the clasp rings. Finish the bracelet with half hitch knots and cut off thread.
At the opposite end of the bracelet, thread the needle and finish in the same way, attaching the other half of the clasp.
- 77 silver lined Crystal seed beads 8/0
- 339 red garnet seed beads 8/0
- 16 silver lined crystal seed beads 11/0
- 3 yards beading thread
- beading needle
- four strand slide clasp