Weaving with shaped beads and 2-holed beads is fun. You can form them into different shapes, such as diamonds like what we showed in this tutorial. Using Herringbone Stitch you can weave brick beads and create a diamond shape. Since the center of the diamond is flat, it is a nice base for embellishments and layering. Consider one diamond as a component that you can also use as earrings. Black and white is a matching color. Add a dash of bronze to give your Ebony & Ivory bracelet a flare.
Prepare the following materials:
|Step 1: Diamonds
For tutorial purposes, we are using brown brick beads so the thread will be visible.
Cut an arm span of thread. Slide in a bead stopper, leaving at least 7 inches tail end. String a brick bead and going full circle or clockwise, pass through both holes and then come out the left hole. Pull the thread. This brick bead is your 1st row.
Since our goal is to create a diamond shape, this would mean we need to increase the number of brick beads for every row so let’s string 2 brick beads. Weave clockwise and pass the thread through the 1st row then come out the 1st brick strung. Pull the thread. This is your 2nd row.
Position your thread to start the 3rd row. Going right, weave through the bricks until you come out the last hole.
Next is to string 2 bricks. Go left and pass the thread through the previous row. Go up the next brick from the previous row and out the brick you just added then pull the thread.
String again a brick and pass the thread into the previous row. As you pull the thread, go right and pass through the brick from the previous row and out the middle brick from the 3rd row. Pull the thread. You now need to position your thread for the 4th row so go left and weave through the bricks until come out the last hole. You are now ready for the 4th row.
String 2 bricks. Go right and pass the thread through the previous row. Have your thread come out the 2nd brick you just added then pull the thread.
String a 3rd brick. Pass the thread into the previous row and come out the brick you just added. Finally, string your last brick, but this time as you pass the previous row, go left and out the 2nd to the last brick from the 4th row. Now position the thread for the 5th row. The 5th row is where we start to decrease the number of bricks so pass the thread through several bricks and come out the hole adjacent to the last brick from the 3rd row. Your thread is now in position to start the 5th row with 1 brick at a time.
String a brick. Pass the thread into the other hole of the brick just strung then in and out the previous row. Repeat 2x to complete the 5th row. After the last brick position your thread for the 6th row.
Complete the 6th row with 2 brick beads.
..and then finally, the last row.
Fig. 8 – After creating the diamond shape your thread should be coming out the topmost brick bead. Continue weaving by stringing 3mm white pearl, 11/0 bronze seed bead and 3mm white pearl. Pass the thread through the other hole. Pull the thread and pass through the brick beads until you come out the other end.
String another set of 3mm white pearl, 11/0 bronze seed bead and 3mm white pearl. Pass through the brick beads again. Secure your thread by making knots and then cut off excess thread. Do the same for the tail end. You now have created picot edges.
Repeat Step 1 – 9 and create diamonds with picot edge. 1 diamond measures approximately 1 inch so for a 6.75-inch bracelet, including the toggle clasp you need at least 5 diamonds with picot edge.
|Step 10: Diamond closure
Cut an arm of thread and get ready to create the diamond shape closure.
Fig. 9 – String 3 brick beads. Pass the thread into the other hole of the last brick bead strung then string 2 black 11/0 seed beads. Pass the thread into the other hole of the 1st brick bead strung and continue to string 1 more brick bead. Have your thread come out the other hole of the last brick bead strung. Pull the thread.
Lastly, attach or link another brick bead to the last brick bead strung by weaving clockwise.
Fig. 10 – String 1 more brick bead then pass the thread into the last 2 brick beads. Go back up and match the beads you strung on the other side. Follow the weaving pattern as well. Follow diagrams on Fig. 11 and 12 to complete the diamond shape closure. Don’t forget to add the picot edges. When finished, secure the thread and cut off excess thread.
Step 12: Flower
Fig. 12 – This diagram is showing the 4 stages how to create the beaded flower. Prepare an arm span of Fireline Crystal Thread.
A – String 4mm white pearls and weave right angle weave in clockwise direction. Have your thread come out the 1st pearl strung.
B – Weave 11/0 bronze seed beads in between the 4 pearls.
C – When you reach a full circle string 3mm black pearl and weave in zigzag direction, placing the pearl at the center and have your thread come out a seed bead.
D – Then continue to string 6 pcs 15/0 bronze seed beads and go all the way around the pearls passing through each of the 11/0 bronze seed beads. When you reach the full circle, come out a pearl and pull the thread.
Step 13: Embellishing the diamonds
Fig. 13 – Bring up 1 diamond. Coming out of a pearl, attach the flower onto the diamond by weaving through the brick beads shown in yellow. Just like when you are wrapping, weave at least 3 times to secure well. Do this for both sides of the pearl. When the flower is secured, cut off excess thread. Repeat Step 11 and attach onto the rest of the diamonds.
Cut a long thread that you can comfortably handle. Bring up diamond closure and a diamond with flower. Link the 2 components like shown on the diagram.
|Next, create a picot edge with 3mm white pearls and 11/0 bronze seed beads.|
|After creating the picot edge, have your thread come out the 3mm pearl. String 11/0 bronze seed bead, 3mm white pearl and 11/0 bronze seed bead then pass the thread through the picot edge on the other side.
String again 11/0 bronze seed bead, 3mm white pearl and 11/0 bronze seed bead and pass the thread into the picot edge.
Now you have linked the closure and a diamond with flower. You can choose to secure and cut the thread or pass through the diamond with flower to come out the other side. Repeat Step 16 to link the rest of the diamonds.
|Create a Peyote tube clasp and voila! Your bracelet is finished!
I hope you had fun making the bracelet. Happy jewelry making!
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