Title: Silky Tiles Bracelet
Designed by: Damaris Ramenaden
Quadrants of Silky beads, O-beads and Superduos, topped with round Druks and flashes of 15° seed beads create this snug and east to wear bracelet, reminiscent of vintage ornate floor tiles.
From the Shop:
32 x White Luster Silky Beads
8 x 4mm Pressed Glass Czech Pink Druk beads
224 x Crystal Brown Rainbow O-Beads
32 x Turquoise Picasso SuperDuos
140 x 15° Silver-Lined Dark Rose Miyuki Seed Beads
1 x Gold Plated Small Strong Magnetic Clasp
Time & money: Make in 3-4 hours and for under £10
Silky beads have a domed ridge on the top; be sure to turn them all the right way up first to keep the tile design consistent. Likewise, pay attention to the hole you are threading through, to make sure the beads remain the right way up.
As with all two-hole beads, check both holes are clear before using them.
When stitching the druk at the centre of the Silky beads, make sure you always use the same O-Beads in each tile to ensure the druk lies in the same diagonal way.
When using magnetic clasps, be careful taking the bracelet on and off. Where possible slide the clasps apart to avoid over pulling and ultimately stretching the thread. If you cannot slide them apart, try to split them slightly with your nail before pulling them apart.
Before starting, turn all the Silky beads so they face upwards, with the ‘ridge’ on the top.
1. Using 2m of conditioned thread (or a length that is comfortable for you) pick up 1 x Silky bead. Make sure your Silky bead is facing upwards (so you can see the ridge) and pass through the left-hand hole. Pick up 1 x O-bead, then repeat 3 times, so you have 4 Silky beads and 4 O-beads. Pass back through the first Silky bead to form a ring, leaving a 20cm tail. Pass through all the beads again to strengthen the ring. Make sure you exit from an O-bead, ready for the next step. You should notice the Silky beads already form a square tile shape.
2. Pick up 1 x Druk bead and pass through the O-bead opposite the O-bead you exited from. Now pass back through the Druk bead and back through the O-bead at the start of this step. Repeat this step to reinforce the Druk bead and ensure you exit from the O-bead, ready for the next step.
3. Pass through the Silky bead next to the O-bead you have just exited, then pass through the right-hand hole of the same Silky bead, to step up to the outside round.
4. Put another needle onto the tail end of your thread and knot discreetly. Weave through a few beads and trim the tail thread neatly.
5. Back to your working thread, pick up 2 x O-beads, 1 x Superduo bead and 3 x 15° seed beads. Now pass back down the second hole in the Superduo bead, so the 15°s form a picot.
6. Pick up 2 x O-beads and pass through the right-hand hole in the next Silky bead in the ring.
7. Repeat step 5 and 6 three times so all four sides of the Silky bead tile have the outside embellishment.
8. Now pass through the Silky bead, then the 2 x O-beads you first added in step 5, bypass the Superduo bead and 15° seed beads, and pass back down the other 2 x O-beads and Silky bead. Repeat this action around the tile, pulling the beads snugly together as you go. You should find the O-beads pull together more under the Superduo bead, and the Silky beads tile will rise a little into a slight pyramid.
9. Make sure you exit from a Silky bead, ready for the next step. You are now going to make a simple ‘bridge’ to add the first Silky bead for your next Silky bead tile.
10. Pick up 1 x 15° seed bead, 2 x O-beads, 1 x 15° seed bead and 1 x Silky bead, passing through the left-hand hole (check to make sure your Silky bead is the right way up).
11. Pick up 1 x 15° seed bead, 2 x O-beads and 1 x 15° seed bead, and pass back through the hole of the Silky bead from step 9, to form a ring.
12. Pass back up through the beads added in Step 10, and ensure you exit from the newly added Silky bead, ready for the next step.
13. Pass through the right-hand hole of this Silky bead and pick up 1 x O-bead, 1 x Silky bead, 1 x O-bead, 1 x Silky bead, 1 x O-bead, 1 x Silky bead and 1 x O-bead. Make sure the Silky beads are all facing upwards and you pass through their left-hand hole, to create a ring.
14. Pass through all the beads again to tighten the ring, making sure you exit from an O-bead.
15. Repeat steps 2-14, until you have added enough tiles for your bracelet (minus 1cm for the clasp). For a bracelet measuring approximately 17cm, you will need to have completed 8 sets of Silky bead tiles.
16. To add a clasp, make sure you exit from a Silky bead in a ‘finished’ tile, then pick up 1 x 15° seed bead, 2 x O-beads, 3 x 15° seed beads, one half of the magnetic clasp, 3 x 15° seed beads, 2 x O-beads and 1 x 15° seed bead. Pass back through the Silky bead to make a loop. Repeat this thread path twice more to reinforce the clasp. Make sure you exit from the Silky bead, ready to add the embellishment down the first half of the bracelet.
17. Weave through the first set of O-beads, super-duo bead with the 15° seed bead picot and second set of 2 x O-beads. Now pass through the next Silky Bead, then through the next 2 x O-beads, the Superduo and the 15° seed bead picot, but do not pass back through the
second half of the Superduo bead. You should now be ready to work down the edge of the bracelet.
18. Pick up 2 x O-beads, then pass through the 15° seed bead picot on the next tile, down through the Superduo, 2 x O-beads and Silky bead. Again, weave through the next 2 x O-beads, the Superduo and the 15° seed bead picot, but do not pass back through the second half of the Superduo bead.
19. Repeat step 18 until you reach the end of the bracelet.
20. When you reach the end of the bracelet, make sure you weave through the beads, exiting from the Silky bead at the end of the bracelet, ready to add the second part of the clasp.
21. Repeat steps 16, 17, 18 and 19 to add the second part of the magnetic clasp and the second side of embellishment.
22. When you have added both clasps and both sides of embellishment, weave through several beads and knot securely in a discreet place. Weave the tail thread through and trim neatly.