CUPOLA BRACELET

Cupola Bracelet

Links to beads used in the photo above and many more examples are supplied at the end of this page so just scroll down.

Note: This pattern is a variation of my free Pyramid Band. Although the Cupola Bracelet is made using 12mm Czech Glass Hex 2-Hole Beadstuds, it also works great with any size Czech Pyramid Beadstuds: 12mm, 8mm and 6mm (examples shown in the PDF and after the last step).

MATERIALS
(for a 6.75-inch bracelet, not including clasp)
• About 2.5 yards of 6 lb. FireLine, or Nymo or C-Lon thread, size D
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads
• 6 size 12mm Czech Glass Pyramid Hex 2-Hole Beadstuds
• 36 size 4mm fire-polished beads
• 20 size 4mm bicone crystals (or any type 4mm bead)
• clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with about 2.5 yards of FireLine or thread.

String a fire-polished bead, two seed beads, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Leaving about a 10-inch tail for attaching the clasp, tie the beads together with a double knot:

Step 2: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 3: String a seed bead. Go up through the left side of a Hex Beadstud.

String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go around and down through the right side of the Hex Beadstud that you just strung.

String a seed bead and go across through the fire-polished bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 4: The Hex Beadstuds are heavy so go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: Go back up and around through the seed bead, the left side of the Hex Beadstud, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

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

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

Step 7: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

You’ve just created a base circle of seed beads and fire-polished beads. Later, in Step 11, you’ll add a layer of seed beads and bicone crystals that will sit on top of this base circle.

Step 8: Go back up and around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String a seed bead. Go up through the left side of a Hex Beadstud.

String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go around and down through the right side of the Hex Beadstud that you just strung.

String a seed bead and go across through the fire-polished bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

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

Now you’ll add a layer of seed beads and bicone crystals that will sit on top of the base circle of seed beads and fire-polished beads that you created in Step 6.


Step 11: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a bicone crystal and a seed bead.
Go across through the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED and pull tight:

Step 12: String a seed bead and a bicone crystal. Go back up through the seed highlighted in RED, drawing the seed bead toward the center so that the bicone crystals start to form an “x”:

Step 13: String a bicone crystal and a seed bead. Go back across through the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED. Pull tight so the bicone crystals form an “x”:

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

Step 15: Go back up and around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 16: Go back up and around through the seed bead, the left side of the Hex Beadstud, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 17: Repeat Step 6 to Step 16 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a quarter-inch and the length of your clasp:

Step 18: To attach one end of the clasp, string a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, two seed beads, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go around and back across through the fire-polished highlighted in RED:

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

Step 20: Go back up through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String a seed bead. Go through the clasp and then back down through the seed bead that you just strung. Continue on around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 22: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the clasp several times:

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


Step 23: To attach the clasp to the other end of your bracelet, thread your needle with the tail thread from Step 1. Go around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Repeat Step 21 and Step 22.

 

Beads Used in the photo above and the PDF:

Cupola Bracelet

Purple Hex version
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 6 size 12mm Czech Glass Pyramid Hex 2-Hole Beadstuds: White Senegal Purple
• 36 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Luster-Opaque Gold/Smoky Topaz
• 20 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Cyclamen Opal

Cupola Bracelet

Green Hex version
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: Toho #221 Bronze
• 6 size 12mm Czech Glass Pyramid Hex 2-Hole Beadstuds: White Travertin Blue
• 36 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Opaque Pale Turquoise-Star Dust
• 20 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Crystal Bronze Shade

Although I instruct you to use 12mm Hex Beadstuds, any size Beadstuds will work with this pattern.

Cupola Bracelet

Here is the same pattern using 12mm Pyramid Beadstuds (the largest):
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
• 6 size 12mm Czech Glass Pyramid 2-Hole Beadstuds: Antique Chrome
• 36 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Matte Metallic Flax
• 20 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Jet

Cupola Bracelet

8mm Pyramid Beadstuds:
• About 120 size 11/0 seed beads: Czech #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 7 size 8mm Czech Glass Pyramid 2-Hole Beadstuds: Crystal Silver
• 42 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky Aquamarine
• 24 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Turquoise AB2x

Cupola Bracelet

and 6mm Pyramid Beadstuds (the smallest):
• About 150 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
• 8 size 6mm Czech Glass Pyramid 2-Hole Beadstuds: Magic Wine
• 48 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Magic Wine
• 28 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Crystal Aurum 2x

Betsy at RedPandaBeads.com beaded up some more Cupola Bracelets for her Gallery of Color Suggestions. Just click on a picture to see the actual beads used:

Cupola Bracelet

Cupola Bracelet

Cupola Bracelet

Cupola Bracelet

Cupola Bracelet