How to String the Autumn Sunset Carrier Bead Bracelet

SKU VID-1562
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video learn how to string together the Autumn Sunset bracelet which features carrier beads that have been wrapped in peyote bead weaving. Another unique aspect of this bracelet is that it takes two strands of beading wire and then finishes both strands off in a single crimp tube. This is an easy and useful technique and can be applied to both bracelets and necklaces.
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Hi, this is Julie with evening wire going through these great carrier beads which have been wrapped in PO d bead weaving so we have another video showing you how to do the peyote bead weaving and wrap the beads but in this video I'm going to show you how to actually assemble this bracelet with those two strands of beading wire ending in a crimp tube that's covered by a crimp bead cover and a magnetic clasp and these carrier beads do come in a really wide variety of wonderful colors like I love this blue that'd be beautiful to be covered in bead weaving same with this green and the purple so a lot of things you can do with this and this is one project and one example of what you can do with carrier beads let's go ahead and build our bracelet now so what are you going to need well you're gonna need the carrier beads like we talked about earlier and I want to show you what they look like off the strand so they've got the two holes here and they're a really nice smooth rectangular shape that tapers at both ends so a really neat shape you're also going to need to do the peyote that is going to go over the carrier beads so here's what one looks like covered and I want to show you real quick a comparison this one is five rows wide and then let's take this one here and this is six rows wide so just a little bit of a different look on that carrier bead this odd count peyote allows you to have a center row so you can do some diamonds and Chevron's some fun shapes with that with the even count it's nice because it does go a little bit quicker and does cover the bead exactly to the end to end so just a couple different notes on that now I'm not going to do the peyote bead weaving in this video we do have another video on both how to do peyote and also how to cover a carrier bead in peyote but really quick I just want to show you the basics it is essentially a strip that is 24 beads long and then you zip it up which it means you just basically take both ends bring them together and make basically like almost like a little ring then you're just gonna put a little bit of glue on your bead and slide that over much like almost like a sleeve and that's gonna hold it in place so that's a whole nother video we do have it at and if you're interested in all these patterns you just look up this project and you'll find it as well so those are available for you as well and I just used three different colors of these eleven oh my yuki delicous now for the rest of the beads so we've got these guys here they've already been covered before I been glued in place you're also going to need some of these guys these are Tino's part pukas they're a nice trapezoid shape a four millimeter Swarovski pearl so I like using the Swarovski pearls because the holes are very uniform and they come in a lot of colors to choose from we're going to be using a little magnetic clasp to make this easy to get on and off we're going to be using two crimp tubes are 2.5 by 2.5 millimeters that's important that they're a larger size because we are going to be feeding two lengths of beading wire through them and these are 15 inches long each and then we're going to cover them with 2 5 millimeter crimp bead covers all right so that's what we need for supplies now I've already cut my wire and I've already covered my beads and it's not hard to cover these beads definitely check out that video and then for tools just give these guys out a little bit you're going to need some bead Stoppers these are handy little guys you just basically pull them open almost like an accordion you squeeze the ends and you can put your beading wire through it a pair of cutters a pair of crimping pliers and a pair of chain nose pliers a quick note on the crimping pliers because I'm feeding two strands of this beading wire through a larger crimp tube which is the 2.5 millimeter I do like these are on foreign ones you see this back notch here it's really nice and big and it's great for this particular application so let's start by taking our ends and we're just going to go about 3 inches up and put them in one of our bead Stoppers now I like to start this not actually at the very beginning of the bracelet I start a little bit in and then I go back and do the finishing touches where I'm tapering it but I'm gonna line up how I want my beads so I've got let's see I've got three that are a five across where it's at five beads wide and three that are six beads now most of these the patterns actually ended up lining up perfect but you will notice on some of them where I zipped it up and joined it's a little hard to see but the pattern is not entirely even so I make sure this is the back side I'm gonna put it just like that I'm gonna make that my center one maybe I'll do my stripe over here and then another stripe over here there we go let's see and then let's do these almost look like flowers I know that they're almost a little diamond but they look like a flower so kind of play around with your beads see which ones you want up towards the front and again check if there's an area that's a front in the back to your pattern okay so that looks good to me let's go ahead and start by stringing on our very first carrier bead so I've got my two strands going parallel to each other and you're just going to make sure you want to keep them straight so string on one strand through the carrier bead and then the next strand goes through it as well but on the bottom hole and slide that guy down towards your bead stopper bead Stoppers are wonderful for assembling this project now we're going to go ahead and do a purl on each strand followed by a Tino's Papu Kebede if you look at these you can form patterns with them so you could go like this but I actually want them to go like this so they're form like a little narrow point in the middle so to do that I'm just gonna string on this guy via its bottom hole so my bottom strand of my beading wire going through the bottom hole my top strand going through the top hole and just pull him pull and pull him down and now we're gonna do the next one now this time the Tino's is going to be facing the opposite direction and again I'm just keeping my strands straight and it really does help to do this on your beading table I think I usually string just holding it but there we go and I can tell I think just a little more wiggle room right here move this up just a little because I do have the finishing technique I'm going to need to do at the end okay and now we need another pearl on each and we're ready for another one these carrier beads one thing I love about these carrier beads is you get to do a nice bead woven project that looks complicated but you're just doing these little segments of bead weaving it's fun to to play with the patterns I see you notice this is a little bit loose at this point go ahead and push it together cinch it up and that's why I want to leave that little extra room back there too okay now we're gonna repeat this exact same sequence on the next one so a purl on each okay and then a tneows part Bucca paying attention to which direction it's going in slide it down now another one again paying attention to extractions going this time it's going the opposite direction there you go and now one more pearl on each strand and then we're gonna add our next carrier bead and now the carrier bead pull it down and again cinch it up so when you do your final crimping you'll have an opportunity to make it even tighter you just want to make sure that you don't have too many large gaps right now as you go so this is what we've got so far and you're just going to repeat this exact same segment between all of your carrier beads so you see both ends now look the same way the carrier bead on each side and now we're ready to finish the first side so go ahead and put on another pearl onto each strand and another one of these tea nose beads and it would be as if the same orientation is if you were going to make another middle segment between carrier beads alright so you've got that and you could make this design longer for sure all you have to do is do more bead weaving and more of the carrier beads and you're going to get plenty when you order the supplies from so don't worry about that if you want this bracelet to be longer just make more carrier beads okay so now we've got this part now we want to start to taper it down and we're going to do that by adding two of these little my you keep delicas to each side and now we're going to take our strand and we're going to feed both of them through this little pearl there's one I'm just going to put the other one right next to it sometimes have to wiggle it a little bit you want the both to go through and that's really gonna start to anchor your beads cuz this pearl almost acts like a little stopper by itself so make sure you don't have any gaps push your beads down and then push your Pearl down so that's nice because I can let go and my beads are gonna stay where I want them to be now we need to take both strands and put them through a crimp tube and then take both strands and put them through one half of our clasp and my class is attached to my tools so I was looking on my table I didn't see my clasp I don't know if this happens to you don't fret is either on the floor or is a magnetic clasp so it's sticking to your tools so that happens more than a few times okay separate out your clasp so you've got one half I like to just make my ends line up right now you don't need to do that but I don't know why it seems to make life easier for me okay I'm gonna take both strands and go through the little loop on my clasp now I'm going to take both strands and I'm gonna go through that crimp tube in the opposite direction and I am going to pull down you want to pull them together and on this one because I know I'm going to be covering it with a crimp bead cover I'm not gonna make it too tight otherwise I'm not gonna have space between the Pearl and the end of the clasp to put that cover over it so I'm happy with that just a little bit loose right there and I'm going to take my zero in for in ones I'm gonna put this crimp tube in the back knotch and this is magnetic as we already saw so you do have to work around that clasp sticking to your crimp tube a little bit but once you've got it in there go ahead and give it a good squeeze you see we just made it into it like almost like v-shape hold it upright and put it into the next notch over and squeeze and that just folded in on itself which is what you want so now what you can do I'm actually gonna hold it like this before trimming my tails because it's a little bit easier and I'm going to take a crimp cover and put it in my pliers facing out so this is the opening go ahead and grab this again I'm just trying to get that little magnetic clasp out of the way now we slid that over our crimp bead now we're slowly gonna basically close this crimp bead cover so it looks like a nice gold bead and that's what that looks like and now I'm using my Tronics cutters and I'm chose these cutters for this project because they've got that really nice fine point you can get right up close and trim your wire so one side is done I'm going to show you this exact same technique on the other side okay so we've got our beads and then this side is real important that you do make sure there's no gaps so you wouldn't want a big gap like that hanging out so now we're going to repeat the process we're gonna take one pearl slide it on and another pearl on the other side okay and now we're going to do this Tino's part cuca bead it's gonna go through both of them I should say one of each probably more appropriate so we've got that now we're gonna taper it down the same way we did on the other side I want to do that with a couple of these pretty little like seafoam color delicas so two on each slide those down and now both of these strands are gonna go through a little pearl now one thing I want you to look real close to this pearl I have noticed this quite often with Swarovski pearls one side appears to have almost a bigger hole than the other side and it's not this a bigger hole it's just how they do their coating so it looks really nice and complete all the way around but it does make life easier when you're doing two strands through it if you put the two strands through the side that looks like it has a bigger hole it's really not a bigger hole it's just the opening is a little bit of a bigger hole and I'll probably make a little more sense when you've got the actual supplies in front of you but just a little tip there that it does make it easier there we go we just pushed it through and then slide it down and again this is really where you're going to check one final time that all your beads are lined up how you want them lined up you've got no big gaps that everything looks good and if it does you're ready to go ahead and add your crimp tube if it doesn't you just simply pull your beads off and restring it how you need to restring it okay crimp tube one half of your clasp loop back around and down through that crimp tube again all of your strands and pull and just be patient with it you're just trying to pull all those strands through it so you want to just kind of work with it here and again leave a little bit of a larger gap than you might normally just to accommodate the larger crimp bead cover ah lovely magnetic clasp we love to wear them but they are sometimes a little tricky when they want to keep sticking to the pliers okay I got it in that back notch when I squeeze I'm gonna rotate it so it's in the one notch over and squeeze so it folds down on itself so we've got that really nice fold I couldn't be the cover again facing outward and you slip it over the crimp bead and you squeeze and it can sometimes help if you go from a couple of different directions once you've got it on there and it's not gonna fall off cause you just want to close it up but you don't want to necessarily squish it so I even go from this direction to make it look a little bit more like a closed bead trim it off and we are done so we've assembled our bracelet beside twisted it there we go yeah lay it flat there we go so there is our finished bracelet featuring carrier beads peyote bead weaving and a magnetic clasp and you can find this project and all the supplies at you

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