Twin Beauty Bracelet
I just discovered twin hole beads. I don't know how long they've been around but what I do know is the concept is brilliant. These beads lend themselves to many new design ideas which will keep me awake for many nights to come. If you don’t have original ideas you can find loads of patterns for using these beads at the Preciosa website. That's where I found mine. They also offer a pdf file with patterns.
My bracelet design differs slightly from the original pattern using a slide clasp and beading thread instead of stretchy cord which I believe is what they suggest. Its not completely clear. These are Czech beads and I think there may be a translation issue on the website. I also changed the size of my bracelet because I usually like pieces that are about one inch wide. This one is close to .75”. I'm drawn to the lines created by these bead edges and can't wait to begin another piece of jewelry with them. They come in many colors so expect to see more twin hole bead projects on my pages.
step 1 - Cut six strands of beading thread ten inches long. I know I can get by with shorter lengths but I like to work with more thread in case I run into a problem.
step 2 - Thread a beading needle with one of the strands. Tape the opposite end of the strand to your work surface. Slip on a twin hole bead. Add more of them alternating with crystal seed beads. Add beads to the strand until you have the length you need for your wrist measurement plus one inch. When you complete the strand, remove the needle and tape the tail to the work surface.
step 8 - Attach the three bottom threads on the right side to the clasp in the same way. As photo 7 shows, a couple of beads were lost while working the project and had to be added in order to complete the end with three beads aligned vertically.
Finish the bracelet by connecting the left side threads to the other loops of the clasp.
Pay close attention as you work your bracelet. I ran across three beads in my batch that had only one hole. I didn't notice it until I had completed an entire row and unfortunately had to undo the row and restring it.
- beading thread
- big eye beading needles
- Teal Iris twin hole beads
- silver lined crystal seed beads 11/0
- magnetic slide clasp
- crimp beads
- double crimping tool
- painters tape