Summery Braided Bangles
Designer Jamie Hogsett

Skill Level Beginner

Materials

Citrine Soft Flex Beading Wire .019 diameter - 36"
Purple Amethyst Soft Flex Beading Wire .019 diameter - 36"
Pink Tourmaline Soft Flex Beading Wire .019 diameter - 36"
2x2mm Silver Filled Crimp Tubes - 3 pcs
Assorted size 11° and size 8° seed beads - 20-30 pcs
6-10mm Czech pressed-glass beads - 2 pcs

Tools

Cutters
Crimping Pliers
Bead Stopper

Instructions

Step 1: Cut three 12" pieces of wire.



Step 2: Use 1 crimp tube to string all three pieces of wire. Adjust the wires so that the crimp tube is 2" from the end of one wire and right at the very ends of the other two wires. Crimp the crimp tube.

Step 3: Use the shortest of the three long wire ends to string seed beads in the sizes, colors, and pattern of your choosing. String closer to 20 beads if using mostly size 8° seed beads and about 30 beads if using mostly size 11°s. Place the Bead Stopper at the end of the wire.



Step 4: Begin braiding the three long wire ends. Every time the wire with the beads lands in the middle of the braid, slide 1 bead up into the braid. Continue braiding the wires for about 6 1/2 – 7", adding beads to the strand if necessary.

Step 5: Remove any remaining seed beads from the strand. Use two strands to string 1 crimp tube. Without disturbing the pattern of the braid, gently slide the third wire end into the crimp tube and carefully snug the crimp tube toward the end of the braid. Crimp the crimp tube. Trim the shortest wire end and one other wire end. Do not cut the third wire end.



Step 6: Use one wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 pressed-glass bead, 1 seed bead, and 1 crimp tube. Place the Bead Stopper on the wire end. Use the other wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 pressed-glass bead, and 1 seed bead. Remove the Bead Stopper. Pass the wire through the crimp tube in the opposite direction. Measure the bangle against the circle template and carefully check to see if it will fit over your hand. Add seed beads if extra length is needed. Once the bangle is the right size, crimp the crimp tube and trim wire ends.


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