SECRET SANTA BRACELET

copyright 2009 Deborah Roberti

Secret Santa Bracelet, free at Deb Roberti's AroundTheBeadingTable.com

 

Beads used in the photo above:

• Approximately 275 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #457L Light Bronze
• Approximately 56 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Czech Picasso Pink/Gold Luster—discontinued
• Approximately 75 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Burgundy

MATERIALS (for a 7-inch bracelet, not including clasp)
• 4 yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 275 size 11/0 seed beads
• About 56 size 3mm fire-polished beads (or any size 3mm bead would probably work but test first)
• About 75 size 4mm bicone crystals (or any size 4mm bead would probably work but test first)
• clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with about 4 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 bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Leaving a 10- to 12-inch tail for attaching one end of the clasp, tie the beads in a triangle with a double knot:

Step 2: Go back around through the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

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

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

Step 4: Go back around through the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: String a fire-polished bead, three seed beads and a fire-polished bead.

Go around and across through the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 6: String a fire-polished bead, three seed beads and a fire-polished bead.

Go around and across through the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 7: Go back down through the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String three seed beads.

Go around and back across through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String three seed beads.

Go around and back across through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 10: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.
Go around and back across through the bicone crystal that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 11: Go back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

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

Go around and back across through the seed bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 13: Go back around through the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 14: String a fire-polished bead, three seed beads and a fire-polished bead.

Go around and across through the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 15: String a fire-polished bead, three seed beads and a fire-polished bead.

Go around and across through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 16: String three seed beads.

Go around and back across through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 17: String three seed beads.

Go around and back across through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 18: Repeat Steps 10 to 17 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a half inch and the length of your clasp:

Step 19: To attach one end of the clasp, string a seed bead, a bicone crystal and three seed beads.

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

Step 20: String two seed beads, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.

Go back across through the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 21: Go back around through the seed beads, bicone crystals (all beads highlighted in RED) 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 22: To finish the other side of your bracelet, thread your needle with the long tail from Step 1.

Go across through the bicone crystal highlighted in RED:

Repeat Steps 19 to 21 to attach the opposite end of your clasp.