CRYSTAL ARCHES BRACELET

(copyright 2007 Deborah Roberti)

Crystal Arches Bracelet

MATERIALS (for a 7-inch bracelet, not including clasp)
• 3 yards 6 lb. FireLine
• About 100 size 11/0 seeds beads or Delica beads
• About 40 4mm fire-polished beads (or any type of size 4mm bead should work just fine, too)
• About 36 6mm bicone crystal beads (or any type of size 6mm bead should work just fine, too)
• clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with about 3 yards of Fireline (or start with a length that you feel comfortable with and add more later).

String a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Leaving about a 12-inch tail for attaching one end of the clasp, tie the beads in a circle with a tight double knot:

Step 2: Go back up through the bicone crystal, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 3: String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go around and up through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 4: To strengthen the bracelet and maintain tension, go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: Continue on around through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 6: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Go around and down through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 7: Again, to strengthen the bracelet and maintain tension, go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 8: Continue back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go around and up through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 10: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 11: Continue back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 12: String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go around and back down through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 13: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 14: Continue back around through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 15: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Go around and back up through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 16: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 17: Continue back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 18: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go around and down through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 19: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 20: Continue back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go around and up through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 22: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 23: Continue back around through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 24: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Go around and down through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 25: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 26: Repeat Steps 8 to 25 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a half-inch and the length of your clasp:

Step 27: To attach one end of the clasp, continue around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 28: String three seed beads.

Go through the clasp and then back through the last seed bead that you just strung:

Step 29: String two more seed beads. Go back up through the seed bead that you exited at the end of Step 27 (highlighted in RED):

Go back around through these seed beads and the clasp several times to reinforce your attachment to the clasp.

Weave your way back into the bracelet, knot in several places and then cut your thread.

Step 30: To attach the clasp to the other end of the bracelet, simply thread your needle with the tail from Step 1.

Go back up through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Repeat Steps 28 and 29.

For a PDF of this pattern, click HERE: