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LEARN and CREATE – a delightful stretchy summer bracelet in right angle weave - part 1

Fun to wear, easy to make, our delightful summer bracelet will enchant in no time and introduce you to the right angle weave (RAW). Let's make this easy-peasy bracelet even more fun and alternate the colors to create a diagonal stripe effect.

Challenge:

  • Learn how to weave a single row in right angle weave and control the color scheme.

stretchy summer bracelet in right angle weave

Supplies for the stretchy bracelet in right angle weave :

  • 6x6 mm Czech glass beads in 4 colors: color A, color B, color C, color D
  • 5 mm stretchy cord
  • jewelry glue, scissors and a beading surface

Instructions for a striped bracelet in right angle weave :

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - start

  • pick up a bead in color A, two beads in color B and one crossover bead in color A
  • slide the beads to the middle of the stretch cord
  • pass one of the cords in opposite directions through the crossover bead, this is the last bead you added in color A

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - crossing 1

  • by closing the A-B-B-A circle, you formed a geometrical diamond with top and bottom in a different color

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - complete row 1

  • visualize and complete the first diagonal stripe : * add a bead in color A on one side in order to create a diagonal of three beads in the same color
  • note : you have actually added a bead in the same color as the crossover bead

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - add color C

  • introducing a new color : add two beads in color C on the other side, the last bead being the crossover bead

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - crossing 2

  • pass the other cord in opposite directions through the crossover bead in color C
  • to summarize : you have one bead on the left cord, one bead on the right cord and one bead in which both cords cross each other

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - complete row 2

  • align the second stripe : add a bead in color C on one side

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – a delightful stretchy summer bracelet in right angle weave - part 2

CONTINUATION: RAW or right angle weave

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - add color D

  • add two beads in color D on the other side

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - crossing 3

  • cross the cords in the last added bead in color D

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - complete row 3

  • third alignment : add a bead in color D on one side

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - repeat color scheme

  • add two beads in color B on the other side
  • note: you are now repeating the color scheme

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - crossing 4

  • cross the cords in the last added bead
  • complete the fourth stripe by adding a bead in color B **
  • add two beads in color A and repeat from * till **

stretchy summer bracelet in RAW - ending

  • when finishing the pattern of 4 diagonal stripes, you will end with a bead in color B on one side and a bead in color D on the other side
  • pay attention to the alignment and keep your work flat
  • attach the ends together
  • finish with a surgeon's knot and a dab of glue
  • cut off the ends and tuck the knot in a bead.

Enjoy and why not ... make a second non stretch version with a clasp.

Choose your favorite beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-druk-beads-smooth-and-round !

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

LEARN and CREATE – under, up and through … or the wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - part 1

With the summer heat also come bare arms just begging for a bracelet with a hint of relaxed glamour. The wrap bracelet in the ladder stitch meets all that.

wrap bracelet in ladder stitch

Challenge:

  • Regular and symmetrical weaving.

Supplies for the wrap bracelet :

  • 6x6 mm beads
  • 1,5 mm leather cord
  • S-lon weaving cord # 18
  • a 1,5 to 2 cm button
  • needles and jewelry glue
  • scissors, flush cutter and a beading surface
  • optionally beeswax

Instructions for wrap bracelet in ladder stitch:

  • two wraps take about 1,20 meter of leather cord or 60 cm for a one wrap bracelet
  • cut the leather with your flush cutter
  • fold the leather cord in two, thread the button and pull it to the center
  • make an simple overhand knot with the doubled leather cord

wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - attach button

  • cut off about 2,75 meters of S-lon cord; you want to have enough weaving cord to finish the bracelet in one go
  • pass the S-lon cord with a needle through a part of the leather knot and pull the cord through up to halfway
  • place the S-lon cords on the outside and keep both pieces of leather in the middle

Start braiding:

  • *pass the left weaving cord over the left leather cord and then underneath the right leather cord
  • next, pass the right weaving cord over the right leather cord and underneath the left leather cord
  • tighten up the weaving cords**, you just crossed two S-lon cords
  • while repeating the movement from * till ** three or four times, you will be creating a small piece in herringbone

wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - attach S-lon

  • tighten by pulling the weaving cords towards the base and secure them with a simple overhand knot
  • to work more easily, pass the weaving cords through some beeswax
  • wrap each weaving cord twice around its matching leather cord,
  • thus the left weaving cord around the left leather cord and the right weaving cord around the right leather cord
  • string a 6 mm bead on the right weaving cord
  • * pass the left weaving cord through the other side of the beads, thus in the opposite direction

wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - crossing the weaving cord

  • you just crossed the two weaving cords in the bead
  • now go with each weaving cord underneath its leather cord and then upwards,
  • thus right below right and then upwards
  • left below left and then upwards**

wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - preparing to attach the next bead

  • string another 6 mm bead on the right weaving cord and repeat from * till **

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – under, up and through … or the wrap bracelet in ladder stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: the ladder stitch

  • this resumes to the following S-lon cord movement:
  • for the leather cord = right underneath and up, left underneath and up
  • for the bead = right through right and left through left
  • in short: under, up and through
  • maintain the tension in your S-lon cord and continue till you obtain the desired length.

bracelet in ladder stitch

To finish:

  • wrap the left weaving cord twice around the left leather cord en
  • wrap the right weaving cord twice around the right leather cord
  • cross the two weaving cords and make twice an overhand knot
  • create a small piece in herringbone:
  • * put the left weaving cord over the left leather cord and then underneath the right leather cord
  • after that you go with the right weaving cord over the right leather cord and underneath the left leather cord **
  • repeat this movement from * till ** three or four times
  • make twice a simple knot and assure yourself that they are in the center in between the pieces of leather
  • apply on both sides of your work a dab of glue on the knots.
  • add a loop for the button: make an overhand knot with the two leather cords together at a distance of 1,5 to 2 cm
  • do not tighten the knot completely, but first make sure that the loop is large enough for the button
  • if that is the case, apply a drop of jewelry glue inside the knot and tighten
  • let dry and cut the excess cords.

Comments:

  • vary also the width. For example, create 30 cm with 4 mm beads, 30 cm with 6 mm beads and to finish again 30 cm with 4 mm beads.
  • when working with smaller beads, you might want to replace S-lon cord with doubled S-lon thread.
  • Of course, instead of working with a single bead, you can line up several small beads or seed beads 6/0, give your imagination free reign. However, it would be advisable to work with 2 mm leather cord.
  • If you create this bracelet for sale, add two loops for the button so you may adjust the bracelet's size easily.

The plain whipping:

  • for a professional finishing touch and to hide the glue and knots, cover the ends with silk wrapping (S-lon weaving cord) in a harmonizing or contrasting color and a plain whipping knot (common whipping or wolf whipping). Plain whipping is an elegant ligature method which prevents the threads to unravel.

plain whipping or wrapping

Choose your favorite beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

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

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – a skinny bracelet, a touch of Art Deco - part 1

Square "Silky" glass beads permit to create bold geometric lines and symmetry. The result is a decidedly modern, sleek bracelet with a luxurious feeling in Art Deco style.

A touch of Art Deco, Bracelet

Challenge:

  • Mastering two-hole square beads by consistently working in a circle.

Supplies for the Art Deco bracelet :

  • square two-hole table-cut "Silky" beads
  • Miyuki Delica 11/0 in two colors
  • seed beads 15/0
  • S-lon thread D
  • John James needle no. 12
  • scissors and a beading surface

Weaving instructions:

Starting:

  • align two “Silky” beads and pass your needle on one side twice through both of them, leaving a tail thread of about 15 to 20 cm

Art Deco bracelet, starting

  • as you formed a circle, it permits you to reposition the two square beads side by side
  • it follows that you have joined the middle of two “Silky” beads
  • it has the added benefit that it also indicates the exact position of the clasp in relation to the bracelet
  • in order to keep those 2 squares together you have to maintain tension in the tail thread, so wrap the tail thread around your fingers

Art Deco bracelet, reposition the Silky beads

Creating the clasp:

  • pass your needle through the next hole situated on the outside of the same square bead
  • add five Delica's, one 6 mm round bead and three 15/0 seed beads

Art Deco bracelet, creating the clasp

  • go back through the 6 mm round bead and the following two Delica's

Art Deco bracelet, clasp

  • form the second leg of the clasp by adding three Delica's
  • go through the hole on the other side of the “Silky” bead 
  • reinforce the clasp by making a second pass through it
  • pass your needle through the other side of the same square bead

Art Deco bracelet - reinforce clasp

SEE - part 2

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – a skinny bracelet, a touch of Art Deco - part 2

Creating the bracelet:

  • * 1st circle: add two Delica's in color 1 and pass your needle through the second hole of the same square bead
  • repeat on the other side

Art Deco Bracelet - 1st circle

  • 2nd circle: pass your needle through one of the Delica's in color 1 and add two Delica's in color 2
  • go through the second Delica in color 1 and the “Silky” bead
  • repeat on the other side

Art Deco bracelet - 2nd circle

  • 3rd circle: pass your needle through the Delica in color 1, the Delica in color 2 and add a seed bead 15/0
  • pass your needle through the Delica in color 2 and the Delica in color 1 and go through the square bead 
  • repeat on the other side
  • with each pass you will reinforce the structure

Art Deco bracelet - 3rd circle

  • to prepare to move the next “Silky” bead, go through the Delica's in color 1 and color 2
  • pass through the square and exit immediately on the other side of the square**

Art Deco bracelet - move to 2nd square bead

  • add a Delica in color 1 and pass through the next “Silky” bead
  • add another Delica in color 1 and pass your needle through the previous square bead
  • you have formed a circle and secured the attachment of the two “Silky” beads

Art Deco bracelet - connecting square beads

  • pass your needle through the previously attached Delica in color 1 and go back through the square
  • repeat * till **
  • adding the third “Silky” bead or the next square : 

  • ***pick up a Delica in color 1
  • in order to be sure you add the “Silky” in the right position, hold it next to the previous square
  • pass your needle through the “Silky” bead

Art Deco bracelet - adding square beads

  • add a Delica in color 1 and form a circle by going back through the previous square

Art Deco bracelet - circling back to attach square

  • pass your needle through the Delica in color 1 and go back through the square one more time***
  • repeat * till** to decorate each square bead
  • repeat *** till **** to add each new “Silky” bead
  • at the desired length create the loop of the clasp and reinforce it

Skinny bracelet, a touch of Art Deco

Do not forget: have fun,see you soon!

Jasper(s) in plural - part 1

Jasper is considered the stone of balance and peace.  Although jasper may contain fine grained clay, it is often classified between the micro-crystalline varieties of quartz. In its chemical composition it is similar to agate, but it is more opaque. The colors generally range from yellow, red, reddish brown to green. Jasper carries many names, some referring to their matrix or to their origin, others to rivers and mountains and so on ... however, not all that falls under the heading of jasper is actually jasper ... quite some volcanic igneous rock calls itself jasper.

African turquoise is a spotted light blue-green jasper mined in Africa and is so called for its matrix resemblance to turquoise. It is actually a harder gemstone than the soft turquoise. It is said to encourage personal growth and evolution.

6x6 mm, African turquoise, gemstone beads

Earthy brown jasper also shows off large quartz bands and thin red lines. Brown being the color of the earth, this jasper connects us with nature and provides a calming stability.

Indonesian Bumble Bee or Bumblebee jasper … or the scent of danger … is a volcanic stone with sulfur layers and hematite traces from around Mount Papandayan in West Java. It is softer (Mohs' hardness 4.0-5.0) than jasper and often stabilized.

Bumble Bee jasper

Crocodile jasper (Kambamba/Kambaba Jasper or Stromatolite jasper) has cores of algae which are coated with layers of iron sulfide. Over time the algae circles were replaced by blue-green minerals held in layers of black and yellow brown iron sulfide. This gemstone is found in northwestern Madagascar (South-Africa). It is believed to be a stone of transformation and change and said to soothe the nerves and to alleviate stress.

Fancy Jasper shows off a whimsical color combination of creamy beige, light grey, lavender blue, lilac pink and shades of green. To deepen the lavender and lilac mix, add Amethyst or lavender blue Malaysian Jade. If you want to accentuate the greens, mix it with green Aventurine. As this is an opaque gemstone, it would be interesting to add glass beads in those colors. Fancy Jasper brings tranquility and relaxation.

Heliotrope, also known as “Bloodstone”, is a dark green to dark blue-green opaque jasper with reddish spots of hematite or iron oxide (Fe2O3). The natural green color is produced by mineral sediments of marine water. Its name means “sun turning” in reference to the way it reflects light. It is the traditional birthstone of March and said to give courage, strength and good luck.

SEE - part 2

Jasper(s) in plural - part 2

Imperial jasper is found in the Guadalajara, Jalisco area of Mexico. It has circular patterns and a creamy porcelain-like finishing. It comes in natural earthy pastel shades such as cream, pink and green. It is said to stabilize emotions.

Impression jasper is the trade name for a kind of veined Variscite. It is a Australian jasper-like gemstone with a waxy luster, which is softer than regular jasper. It comes in colors going from emerald green to pale blue-green. Because of its natural pale blue-green color with sandy or gray matrix, it is also called Aqua Terra Jasper, African blue opal or blue sea sediment stone. The enhanced varieties surely will give you also that special beach feeling of sun, sea and margaritas … and they are believed to bring inner peace and abundance.

Leopard skin jasper seems to be the trade name for a striking glassy Mexican Rhyolite. It resembles the mottled coat of a leopard with its spotting of red, bronze and pink on a background of gray. It is said to encourage taking responsibility and is associated with the root chakra.

Mookaite Windalia Radiolarite(mookite or moukaite) is a banded West Australian jasper in deep red, pink, purple and warm yellow earthy shades. Its name refers to the Mooka creek. It is said to be an emotional protector full of calming energy and is linked to the root chakra.

8x8 mm, Mookaite, gemstone beads

Ocean Jasper or Orbicular Quartz is found in the northwestern coastal region of Madagascar. It is a conglomerate of jasper and quartz. Like Poppy jasper it contains circular patterns. It comes in earthy light brown shades mixed with swirls and layers of white to transparent quartz and dark green Rhyolite. Green Ocean Jasper is associated with the heart chakra and releases stress.

8x8 mm, ocean jasper, gemstone beads

SEE - part 2

Jasper(s) in plural - part 3

In shades of black, brown, gray and cream Picasso jasper (Picasso marble or Picasso stone) shows a beautiful, distinct pattern due to the heat and pressure from deep within the earth. The striking patterns and lines give it a cubist character. That is why it is named after Pablo Picasso. It is said to attract like minded souls and to help renew lost friendships. Picasso Jasper is the birthstone of the Leo.

Banded Picture jasper shows off earthy sand and brown desert colors. This type of jasper is said to create perspective and to help resolve life's issues.

Picture jasper, gemstone beads, faceted

Poppy jasper has a warm red brown color with swirling poppy or orbicular patterns and dashes of grey and cream. It is a stimulating stone that brings cheerfulness.

Another volcanic igneous rock hidden under the jasper name is called Rainforest jasper (Rain forest jasper). This Australian (Queensland) moss green gemstone with gray quartz and brown feldspar nodules is reminiscent of the rain forest, but has no further link with it. It is also known as Spherulitic (with small needle-like spheres) rhyolite, green rhyolite and agatized rhyolite. Rhyolite is said to encourage self-realization and creativity.

Think earthy autumn colors when you imagine Red Creek jasper. Although it owns its name to the Red River/Creek, which runs in southeastern direction through China, it is also known as Cherry Creek jasper, red Picasso jasper and New Picasso jasper. The bright colors are all natural. However, Red Creek jasper is much softer than regular jasper. It is said to bring balance and relaxation.

Red Creek Jasper, gemstone beads

SEE - part 4

Jasper(s) in plural - part 4

As reddish as carnelian, but more opaque, Red jasper thanks its deep red color to iron oxides. It contains often thin grayish quartz lines. Some claim that this stone of perseverance is also highly protective.  Together with the Bloodstone, it is the birthstone of the month of March.

red jasper, gemstone beads, frosted

Riband jasper (or ribbon jasper, banded jasper, striped jasper, jasperine) is a jasper with parallel stripes of deep red, brown and cream. Some call it the good luck stone.

Silver leaf jasper, so called after the silver leaf oak, a lovely ornamental tree, has a natural swirling leaf and spot pattern in black, gray and white tones with a warm hue. This gemstone is used to heighten will power and discipline. It promotes peace, quiet and centering, which make it an ideal stone for meditation.

Tiger iron jasper is mined in South-Africa and Western Australia and is mainly colored by iron oxide. It has the characteristic attractive banding of tiger eye, but contains also red jasper and silvery streaks of hematite. It is the stone of creative and physical energy.

Zebra jasper is a creamy white to light brown banded jasper with dark brown streaks. It is said to help balance energy and to allow to see both sides of a situation. It promotes calm and centering, which make it an ideal stone for meditation.

Zebra jasper, gemstone beads, frosted

Thank you for choosing your gemstone beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/jasper-beads-in-plural !