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By Aurelio Castaño
This bracelet will be one half inch thick, 8.5 inch long when finished; it would fit a 7.5 inch wrist.
-11/0 Toho seed beads, 10 Gr.
-7mm pressed button flowers, Approx. 150 Beads.
-4.8 mm thick cord, I used one foot for this project.
-Magnetic clasp, Brass Magnetic Swivel Clasps, Silver, Size: about 10mm in diameter, 18mm long, hole: 8mm.
-Size 10 or 12 beading needle
- Fire line tread, White 6 Lbs
On a comfortable length of thread, insert three sets of Three size 11/0 + one flower.
keep a tight, uniform tension throughout the piece.
Tie the beads securely with a square knot; I usually tie three knots on top of each other to secure the stitch.
Going from right to left, go through the flower next to the knot and the first size 11/0 bead next to the flower.
To start the second round, pick up one size 11/0 bead + one flower+ two size 11/0 beads, go through the first size 11/0 bead on the next set of beads continuing right to left motion.
Repeat as in Step 4.
This is the Step Up if you will, once you finish with step 5, pick up one set and go through the first 11/0 bead on the first set on the second row as I explain on the graphic.
Repeat steps 4 to 6 until you reach the desired length.
Diagram shows how the cord goes all the way through
the beaded work after the beaded work is done.
Sew the edge of the beaded work to the inside cord. Calculate how much cord will be enough to put inside the clasp cavity, cut the excess.
Using E-600 or Epoxy, glue the cord into the clasp cavity, let it cure for at least 12 hours.