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LEARN and CREATE – the “Cross my Heart” bracelet - part 1

This cute bracelet is done in a breeze … the moreover, it is a technique we have used in quite a few of our tutorials … so if you like easy projects, go ahead and browse through our blog. The “Cross my Heart” bracelet is made by crossing threads within one of the beads … and leaves a lot of room for your creativity.

Cross my Heart, in blue

Challenge:

You should pay close attention when crossing the threads and check the thread tension.

Supplies for the «Cross my Heart» bracelet:

  • 8x8 mm Czech round beads
  • 3x5 mm Czech rondelle beads
  • 11/0 Japanese Delica beads
  • polyethylene thread (fishing line)
  • two needles size 10 or 12, scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the «Cross my Heart» bracelet:

  • cut off about 1,70 meters of thread
  • because you will fold the thread in two, this will quickly become an easy to handle length and you do not really want to have to add more thread in the middle of your work piece
  • to create a loop for the clasp:
  • pick up 20 Delica beads and slide them to the middle of the thread

Cross my heart - loop, start

  • pick up one 8 mm bead and go back through all the Delica beads and the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - attach loop to central bead

  • to reinforce the loop go once more through all the Delica beads
  • as a result, there is a thread protruding on each side of the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - ready to start bracelet

  • to weave the bracelet:
  • thread a needle on each of the two threads
  • pick up one Delica, one 3x5mm bead and one Delica with each needle

Cross my heart - add outside beads

  • with one needle, pick up a 8 mm bead
  • with the other needle, go in the opposite direction through the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - add 8 mm bead and cross threads

  • you just crossed your threads in the 8 mm bead and at the same time you placed the bead horizontally

Cross my heart - ready to add next segment

  • repeat:
  • pick up a Delica, a 3x5 mm bead and a Delica with each needle

Cross my heart - ready to add central bead

  • pick up an 8 mm bead with one needle
  • go with the other needle in the opposite direction through the 8 mm bead
  • continue until you have reached the desired length
  • to create the other part of the clasp:
  • pick up a Delica bead, a 3x5 mm bead and a Delica bead on each side
  • with needle one: pick up an 8 mm bead and three Delica beads

Cross my heart - adding second part of clasp

SEE - PART 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “Cross my Heart” bracelet - part 2

CONTINUATION: "Cross my Heart" bracelet

  • as the 8 mm has to remain vertical, you will not cross the threads this time
  • instead, you go with the second needle through the 8 mm and the three Delica beads in the same direction as the first needle

Cross my heart - finishing the clasp with a picot

  • put both threads on the same needle and circle back through the 8 mm bead
  • you have formed a three-bead picot at top of the 8 mm bead
  • the middle bead of the picot will be horizontal while the others will remain vertical

Cross my heart - picot

  • make a few overhand knots underneath the 8 mm bead and cut off your thread
  • optional: secure your thread by zigzagging down through your work piece while making half hitch knots before clippinh the ends
  • enjoy your creativity!

Suggestions:

  • the rondelle beads could be replaced by 4x4 mm round beads and the Delica beads by seed beads
  • if you do not like working with size 11/0 beads, you could replace them with size 8/0 beads
  • you could replace the Czech beads with gemstone beads, but this often makes the bracelet heavier. As an alternative, you could also choose https://dunebeads.com/en/lava-rock-obsidian-and-rhyolite-beads as they are light weight gemstones
  • you could of course also work with smaller beads and replace the 8 mm bead with a 6 mm bead and so on

We used the following beads:

Bleu version:

Cross my Heart, in blue, detail

Yellow version:

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en !

Happy day, see you soon!