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LEARN and CREATE – the winged or flat spiral bracelet - part 1

Build out of a center with a set of identical mirroring and superposing wings, the flat spiral bracelet is delightfully easy to make. Its flexible drape permits you to convert it effortlessly into a stunning necklace.

the winged or flat spiral bracelet

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path of the flat spiral weave and learning to control its thread tension.

Supplies for a winged bracelet in flat spiral weave:

  • 3 types of beads : 
    • 6x6 mm round Czech beads for the center or the spine, 
    • 4x4 mm round Czech beads for the outer edge of the spiral 
    • and 11/0 seed beads to connect them
  • thread, needle and toggle clasp
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for a flat spiral bracelet:

  • pick up: two 6 mm center beads, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - starting

  • circle back through the first two 6 mm beads
  • you have created your first wing

flat spiral bracelet - first wing

  • repeat for the other side: pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed bead

flat spiral bracelet - set up second wing

  • circle back through the same two center beads

flat spiral bracelet - creating second wing

  • push the wing to the opposite side so that both sides mirror each other
  • *to create the wing of the next segment: pick up a 6 mm center bead, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - set up first wing of additional set

  • circle back through the last two center beads
  • as a result, you have a part of the wing that superposes the previous one

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the winged or flat spiral bracelet - part 2

CONTINATION: flat spiral bracelet

flat spiral bracelet - creating first wing additional set

  • keep in mind to check the thread tension repeatedly
  • create the other mirroring wing : pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - set up each second wing

  • go back through the last two center beads and push it to the opposite side**
  • you have created your second set of wings
  • to resume:

  • each wing is made of four seed beads, an outer edge bead and four seed beads
  • to grow the middle section, add one bead for the center at the beginning of the first wing of each set 
  • to circle back, you always go back through the last two center beads of your work

flat spiral - thread path

  • repeat * to ** till you reached the desired length

  • as each set of wings holds down the other set, you will need to attach the ultimate pair to the penultimate pair by yourself
  • attach a clasp … while using French wire or creating a little loop in seed beads
  • add a little loop in seed beads to attach your toggle bar: pick up 7 seed beads, the toggle bar and 7 seed beads
  • reinforce your loop by making several passes
  • go back through the beads of the center to add the second part of the toggle on the other side

The dainty version:

For a more elegant bracelet or for a pair of earrings use : 

  • 4x4 mm, round beads for the center, 
  • 3x3 mm round beads for the outer edge 
  • and 15/0 seed beads to connect

and do not hesitate … to be creative with the color scheme of the outer edge.

Ready to take the next step … get the instructions for a round spiral necklace @ http://dunebeads.com/en/kits-demonstrations !

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ ! :-)

Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon !