This bracelet was fun to make. You will need the materials below and about 2 hours.
8# test Fireline
Size 8 seed beads
Size 11 seed beads
#12 beading needle
Center bead, mine was a flat MOP but you can use any large bead
Purchased clasp or you can make your own like I did
Make a 12-bead peyote bracelet with the size 8 beads to the desired length like this:
String on 12 size 8 beads leaving a 6-inch tail
Turn around, add one bead, skip the first bead and go through the next bead. Continue adding a bead and going through every other bead until you come to the end then turn and continue. When you get back to your tail thread, tie a surgeons knot. Do NOT cut your tail off yet. You will want to weave and cut later.
You can get wonderful instructions for the peyote stitch on the Internet if you are not familiar with this.
When you are finished with the bracelet set it aside.
Using a comfortable length of Fireline go through your large bead and tie a surgeons knot.
Add enough size #8 beads to go half way around you large bead then go through your large bead, add enough #8 beads to complete your "circle". I like to go through this circle several times.
Next you want to attach this to the center of your bracelet. Go through each bead around your large bead, through one bead in the bracelet and up through until you have gone all the way around your "circle". Remember to tie a knot, weave a little tie another knot and repeat this a few times.
Once your large bead is securely attached to your bracelet you are ready to add the frills.
With your needle and thread coming out of one of the #8 beads around the large stone pick up an odd number of beads, I used 7. Go over that bead and back through creating a loop. I do this 3-4 times in each bead. When you have added 3 or 4 frills to your #8 bead go through 2 instead of one bead and repeat all the way around.
You can either add a purchased clasp or make a beaded toggle and loop.
There are some important things to remember when you are adding a clasp to a beaded piece of jewelry and the most important is to use a new piece of thread. I know it is tempting to continue with the old thread and not tie on a new piece but believe me it is worth it to take the time to add the new piece. This way should the clasp section ever break you have not ruined your entire bracelet. Also please always, always, always weave and knot at least 3 times when adding a new piece of thread as well as when ending one before you cut your thread.
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