Retired - Orchid Garden Crocheted Bracelet

PROJECT B7032
Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Advanced
Vibrant, multi-colored BeadSmith Unions seed beads evoke an impressionist garden in this slim crocheted bracelet. A TierraCast dragonfly charm hovers nearby.
Instructions
These instructions will make a 7 inch bracelet. To make a longer or shorter bracelet, adjust the number of beads strung before you begin crocheting the large section of rope. One inch of crocheted rope requires about 6 inches of strung beads, so plan accordingly as you string your beads onto the thread before crocheting.
  1. Begin by watching our video on how to do circular beaded crochet for righties. (If you are left handed, you can watch our video on how to do circular beaded crochet for lefties.)
  2. First, you'll make the larger of the two crocheted ropes in this bracelet. Based on the technique shown in the video, start by loading all of your beads onto your micro s-lon thread while it's still attached to the spool. String the beads in the following order: 4 inches of silver matubo beads, 10 inches of orchid seed beads, 4 inches of silver matubo beads, 10 inches of orchid seed beads, 4 inches of silver matubo beads. Do not cut the thread from the spool.
  3. Leaving an 8 inch tail at the beginning of the thread, create a slipknot and chain stitch your first 6 silver matubo beads. Then close the circle and begin to crochet your beads into a 6-around rope. You should have a crocheted rope that is 5 inches long when you're done. Cut the rope from the spool of s-lon, leaving another 8 inch tail on the end.
  4. Now you'll create the smaller crocheted rope. Take your spool of micro s-lon and string 6 inches of orchid seed beads onto the thread. Do not cut the thread from the spool.
  5. Leaving an 8 inch tail at the beginning of the thread, create a slipknot and chain stitch your first 6 seed beads. Then close the circle and begin to crochet your beads into a 6-around rope. You should have a crocheted rope that is 1 inch long when you're done. Cut the rope from the spool of s-lon, leaving another 8 inch tail on the end.
  6. Now you'll finish the ends of the larger rope. Thread a big eye needle onto one of your thread tails. String the loop of one silver eye pin and slide the eye pin down to your crocheted beadwork. Sew back down into your beadwork with the big eye needle, securing the eye pin and weaving the thread tail into your rope. Come back out the top of the rope and make a few more passes through the loop of the eye pin so it is fastened securely. Then continue weaving the tail into the crocheted rope. Once you have woven in about 4 inches of the tail, exit the rope with the big eye needle and cut off the excess thread with scissors.
  7. String 1 silver TierraCast bead cap onto the eye pin and slide it down so it cups the end of the crocheted rope. Using your pliers, make a simple wire loop with the eye pin and snip off the excess wire with flush cutters.
  8. Repeat steps 6-7 to finish the other side of the crocheted rope.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 to finish both sides of the smaller crocheted rope.
  10. Open a jump ring. Slide it through the simple wire loop on one side of the large crocheted rope, then slide on the loop of 1 TierraCast dragonfly charm, and then slide it through the simple wire loop on one side of the small crocheted rope, connecting the two ropes. Close the jump ring.
  11. Open another jump ring. Slide on the simple wire loop on the other side of the large rope, and also slide on the loop of your clasp. Close the jump ring.
  12. Attach the lobster clasp to the simple wire loop on the other side of the small rope to close the bracelet. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • JSU-0014 - BeadSmith Unions, 11/0 Round Seed Beads, 24 Gram Tube, Opaque White Funky Orchid
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • BCS-7030 - Czech Glass Matubo, 7/0 Seed Beads, 7.5 Gram Tube, Crystal Full Labrador
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4261 - Beadsmith S-Lon Micro Macrame Twisted Nylon Cord - Cocoa Brown / 287 Yard Spool
    Project uses 1 spool. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-3989 - TierraCast Antiqued Silver Plated Lead-Free Pewter Clover Bead Caps 9mm (4)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FHP-6260 - Silver Plated Open Eye Pins 21 Gauge 1.5 Inch (x50)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • PND-5454 - TierraCast Fine Silver Plated Pewter Small Dragonfly Charm 15mm (2)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5150 - Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 20 Gauge (x100)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCL-1140 - TierraCast Brass, Lobster Clasps 12x7mm, 4 Pieces, Silver Plated
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-3012 - Nickel Plated Steel Crochet Hook - Size 6 (1.60mm)
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-3166 - BeadSmith Big Eye Beading Needles 2.125 Inches Long - Pack Of 4
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
Additional Information
Theme Spring
Ingredients JSU-0014, BCS-7030, XCR-4261, BMB-3989, FHP-6260, PND-5454, FJR-5150, FCL-1140,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
BeadSmith Unions, 11/0 Round Seed Beads, 24 Gram Tube, Opaque White Funky Orchid
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$4.04 / Package | SKU: JSU-0014
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Micro Macrame Twisted Nylon Cord - Cocoa Brown / 287 Yard Spool
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$6.05 / Package | SKU: XCR-4261
Silver Plated Open Eye Pins 21 Gauge 1.5 Inch (x50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$3.39 / Package | SKU: FHP-6260
Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 20 Gauge (x100)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 100 Pieces.
$2.79 / Package | SKU: FJR-5150
TierraCast Brass, Lobster Clasps 12x7mm, 4 Pieces, Silver Plated
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 Pieces.
$1.85 / Package | SKU: FCL-1140
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$6.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514

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