Seed Bead Bracelet Making Project: Adding Seed Beads to DIY Crystal Cup Chain
While I was choosing colors for my second bracelet and talking about these fun projects with a colleague, she suggested that one could easily add seed beads to these bracelets! The thought was intriguing: I’ve yet to add crystal cup chain to my bead embroidery projects, but maybe this would be a fun way for me to experiment with adding seed beads to crystal chain?
I decided to capture my crystal chaton bracelet with two layers of right-angle weave, no doubt influenced by the jewelry I saw portrayed in a BBC documentary about Hampton Court Palace, the favored residence of King Henry VIII. The elaborate jewels and clothing inspired me to add some heft to this lovely crystal bracelet, and I wasn’t disappointed with the results.
- 1 Sew On Crystals DIY crystal chaton bracelet
- 15 grams size 11 seed beads in color to match or contrast with bracelet
- 6 lb. test braided beading thread in color to match seed beads
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Chain-nose or flat-nose pliers (Optional, but useful for pulling needle through tight spaces)
Before you get started, I recommend using as long a length of beading thread as you’re comfortable with, or about 8 feet. I found it difficult to add new thread as I was stitching the right-angle weave layers on the back and front of the crystal bracelet.
If you need to adjust the number of beads, make sure you have a number divisible by 4 so that you’ll have the same number of beads on each side of your right-angle weave units.
Pick up 8 seed beads, and pass through the same 6 beads that you exited in the last step. Your beads should form a little loop around the clasp end of your bracelet.
Repeat until you have worked your way down the whole bracelet for a total of 17 loops.
Repeat until you’ve created little frames around the back of each crystal in the bracelet.
If you had to change the number of beads in each side of your right-angle weave units, make your loops by adding the number of beads you used for each side of your units plus 2 beads. (So, if you used 8 beads per side, you’d pick up 10 beads for each loop.)
Adding seed beads to this DIY crystal chaton bracelet-making project resulted in a substantial piece of beaded jewelry that feels wonderful on my wrist! I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of these bracelets so that I can continue to experiment with adding seed beads to finished jewelry! After the seed beads were added, the bracelet was slightly less flexible, but still curved elegantly around my wrist, almost like a bangle bracelet.
Do you have a favorite way to incorporate ready-made or finished jewelry into your beading projects? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts with us!