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LEARN and CREATE – Moonlight at Dawn, a mini Silky bracelet - part 1

Nothing sleek about this design, this highly decorated bracelet invites you to party in the moonlight from dusk to dawn. Weave an endless feast between shimmer and glitter, between mini Silky beads and seed beads in this bracelet to enjoy the “Moonlight at Dawn”.

Moonlight at Dawn bracelet - mini Silky beads

Challenge:

Consistently working in a circle around the Silky bead and between two Silky beads while controlling the thread of each pass.

Supplies for the “Moonlight at Dawn” bracelet:

  • 5x5 mm mini Silky beads
  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 0,14 mm polyethylene thread (fishing line), size 10 John James needle, scissors and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the “Moonlight at Dawn” bracelet:

  • check the holes of the pressed beads in order to work unhindered
  • cut off a good length of thread so you can make the bracelet in one go
  • note: the raised middle section of the Silky bead is horizontal and always on the decorated side; your needle works vertically and always through both holes at the same time - keep this in mind when adding more beads

Moonlight at Dawn - starting

  • pass your needle through both holes on the right side

Moonlight at Dawn - first set of seed beads

  • work on the left side, which will be one of the ends of the bracelet: pick up 3x 15/0 seed bead, 1x 11/0 seed bead, 3x 15/0 seed bead

Moonlight at Dawn - add first set of seed beads

  • pass the needle through the two holes of the Silky
  • make sure to leave a tail thread of about 15 to 20 cm permitting you to add the toggle clasp later on

Moonlight at Dawn - add seed beads on the other side

  • on the right side again: pick up 3x 15/0 seed bead, 1x 11/0 seed bead and 3x 15/0 seed bead, pass the needle through both holes of the Silky 
  • note: you have worked in a cercle
  • tip: wind the tail thread around your fingers so you can control the thread tension

Moonlight at Dawn - second pass

  • make a second round by going back through all the 15/0 seed beads – skipping the 11/0 – and through both holes of the Silky – repeat on the other side
  • tighten the thread in order to get the peak of your triangular form in place
  • you end on the same side of the tail thread, but in the top hole

Moonlight at Dawn - triangular decoration

  • to complete the triangular decoration: pick up 4x 15/0 seed bead, pass over to the other side of the Silky bead and go with your needle through both holes

Moonlight at Dawn - triangular decoration side 2

  • repeat: pick up 4x 15/0 seed bead, pass over to the opposite side of the Silky and go through both holes of the Silky

SEE part 2

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