Ruffle Cuff Bracelet
This design might make you think of a blouse’s ruffled cuff. That was my inspiration for creating it. The directions for this peyote stitch bracelet are similar to the ones for my Copper Peyote Bracelet except this bracelet start with only six beads. I’ve also added teardrop beads on the sides. Instead of taking all new step photos, I’m using most of the copper bracelet photos cropped.
step 1 - Cut a piece of beading thread to measure three yards. Attach a stop bead 12 inches from one end. The 12 inches of thread will be used to work in the clasp later.
step 4 - Add on a second bead and pass through the fourth bead.
step 5 - Finish the row by adding another bead and passing through the sixth bead. You have finished a complete row and should notice that what you’re creating is a design with three beads that drop down from the previous work. This will happen with each row you complete.
Adding The Teardrop Beads
step 1 - When you reach the end of your row at the left side, add a teardrop bead then add a seed bead as usual. Work across the row and add a matching tear drop bead on the right. Work to the left adding three beads as usual.
step 4 - Work the next row as usual. When you reach the right side wrap the thread around the teardrop as you did on the left. Continue to work your way back to the left where you will add another teardrop bead. As you can see, you add a teardrop in one row and wrap it in the next.
You will be attaching a three-loop clasp to three beads at the end of the bracelet. Since the bracelet ends do not have the three drop beads in the same position, you will have to attach the loops to different beads on each end of the bracelet.
step 3 - Work toward the remaining loops. Continue weaving in and out of beads and attaching the clasp in this manner. When you get to the end of the row you will bring the needle out the last bead.
step 4 - To create a more secure connection, repeat what you just did only working in the opposite direction. To finish, go back through the beads only this time making half hitch knots between the beads. When done, clip off excess thread.
step 5 - To finish the other bracelet end, thread a needle with the 12” tail you made when you started the bracelet. Work the other piece of the clasp by creating three half hitch knots to secure the thread to the work. Attach this half of the clasp as you did the first.
Option: To give the bracelet added sparkle I attached three teardrop beads to the clasp loops on each end, which hides the clasp when it is fastened.
- 16 grams silver lined Crystal Delicas seed beads 8/0
- 1 package (84 pieces) clear crystal teardrop beads 6X9mm
- beading needle
- beading thread
- 3 strand slide clasp