Twin Beauty Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

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.

 

Directions

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 3 - Start the second row with a new strand in the beading needle. Tape the end to the work surface. Put the needle through the bottom hole of the first bead in the first row. Add a new bead. Put the needle through the bottom hole of the next bead in the first row. Continue working across the row in this way. At the end of the row, remove the needle, tape down the thread and add a new strand to the needle.  (You may note in the photos that I started the bracelet with cord.  I stopped when I realized it would be too thick for this project and started over again using thread.)

step 3 - Start the second row with a new strand in the beading needle. Tape the end to the work surface. Put the needle through the bottom hole of the first bead in the first row. Add a new bead. Put the needle through the bottom hole of the next bead in the first row. Continue working across the row in this way. At the end of the row, remove the needle, tape down the thread and add a new strand to the needle.  (You may note in the photos that I started the bracelet with cord.  I stopped when I realized it would be too thick for this project and started over again using thread.)

step 4 - Work the remaining rows in the same way.  The sixth row should match the first row with crystal beads between the twin hole beads.

step 4 - Work the remaining rows in the same way.  The sixth row should match the first row with crystal beads between the twin hole beads.

step 5 - No matter what size bracelet you make, the ends of the bracelet should match, finishing with three beads aligned vertically on each end. Add or subtract beads as necessary to achieve this.

step 5 - No matter what size bracelet you make, the ends of the bracelet should match, finishing with three beads aligned vertically on each end. Add or subtract beads as necessary to achieve this.

step 6 - Remove the tape from the right side of the top three row threads. Thread the beading needle with the three strand ends together. Put the needle through a crimp bead and the top loop of the clasp. 

step 6 - Remove the tape from the right side of the top three row threads. Thread the beading needle with the three strand ends together. Put the needle through a crimp bead and the top loop of the clasp. 

step 7 - Guide the needle back through the crimp bead.  Pull all the threads firmly and crimp the bead using a double crimp tool.  If you aren't sure of how to do this see Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques. When the crimp is secure, trim the excess threads.

step 7 - Guide the needle back through the crimp bead.  Pull all the threads firmly and crimp the bead using a double crimp tool.  If you aren't sure of how to do this see Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques. When the crimp is secure, trim the excess threads.

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.

NOTE

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.



Supplies

At Amazon

  •  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

Misc.

  •  painters tape

 

 


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