The Beaded Bezel Bracelet You Need, by Right-Angle Weave Expert Kassie Shaw
Bezeling is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about bead weaving. I love making the little baskets and cinching the large beads and gems inside. In fact, I recently used tubular peyote stitch to make a bezel for a chenille ring that I made. Therefore, when I saw right-angle weave expert, Kassie Shaw’s Thistle Blossom Bracelet in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Beadwork magazine, I knew I would love making it!
I find the most challenging part of bezeling to be trying to hold the center steady while making the bezel fit around it. Fortunately, the cushion rounds in Kassie’s Thistle Blossom Bracelet are easy to bezel around because they already have holes in them to secure the bead in place. Therefore, this bracelet is the perfect project for anyone who wants to learn how to bezel. It’s also a fun project for someone who wants to practice their bezeling skills.
One of the things I love about the Thistle Blossom Bracelet is the incorporation of shaped beads into the bezel. I’ve only tried bezeling using seed beads, which easily fall into place using tubular peyote stitch to cinch the bezelaround the center. However, the addition of crescent beads gives the Thistle Blossom Bracelet components texture and makes them not only functional but also fun to show off.
Find out more about Beaded Bezels, including resources and projects:
Make a Beaded Bezel in Just 5 Minutes! by Jennifer VanBenschoten
14 Beaded Bezel Projects You Need in Your Life by Megan Lenhausen
Make a Cabochon Bezel with Right-Angle Weave by Jennifer VanBenschoten
Bracelet Sizing How-To
Another thing I love about the Thistle Blossom Bracelet is that it’s made of components, which makes it easy to resize. My wrist is a tiny bit smaller than average, so I often have to modify patterns to fit. Bracelets made with components are easy to modify because you can just add a component to make the bracelet larger or remove a component to make it smaller. The original Thistle Blossom Bracelet pattern uses six components to make a bracelet a little over 8½”. Eliminating a component makes the finished length around 7¼”, which is much closer to my wrist size.
To find your perfect fit, check out these blogs on tips and tricks for finding your bracelet size:
How to Make Bracelets that Fit by Jean Campbell
The Challenges of Bracelet Making: How to Make Great Beaded Bracelets That Fit! by Jennifer VanBenschoten
Tuesday Tip: How to Determine Your Bracelet Size by Michelle Gowland
Fun with Components
The Thistle Blossom Bracelet components can also be used for other jewelry. Who doesn’t love matching earrings? Follow the same instructions to make a single component into an earring by attaching an ear wire instead of a clasp. Or if you’re really creative, design your own necklace! If you do this, be sure to send us a picture and submit it for W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Thistle Blossom Bracelet is available as a kit in the Interweave store.
Tubular right-angle weave
Tubular peyote stitch
Materials Provided in Kit:
1 g mauve permanent-finish size 15° Japanese seed beads
2 g matte metallic sage luster size 11° Japanese seed beads
2 g bronze size 11° Japanese seed beads
7 turquoise 7mm 2-hole CzechMates cabochons
96 matte metallic flax 10x3mm 2-hole crescent beads
6 matte copper 14mm cushion rounds
1 copper 10x11mm magnetic clasp
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine
For more fun projects from Kassie Shaw, visit the Interweave Store.