Dragon Scale Cuff by Michelle Leonardo

Use two-hole daggers and netting to create Michelle Leonardo’s Dragon Scale Cuff with an intriguing textual surface. Find these patterns today in Beadwork August/September 2018.

Dragon Scale Cuff


Pattern Details

Techniques: Netting, peyote stitch, cubic right-angle weave, right-angle weave

Project level: Advanced

Materials:
12 g crystal full Labrador size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
13 g crystal full Labrador size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
149 matte green iris 5×16mm 2-hole daggers (C)
1 silver 10×30mm tube bar clasp
Smoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Dragon Scale Cuff

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors
Size 11 beading needle

Finished size: 7″

Artist’s Tips:

  • To string the daggers more easily, position them on your work surface so you can see the sides with the holes facing you.
  • Pull the thread straight through the holes of the daggers so the thread doesn’t abrade. Some dagger holes can be as sharp as crystals and will cut your thread. Use 8 lb FireLine to reduce the odds of the thread breaking—this bracelet is heavy!
  • The daggers of the bracelet base will be staggered like fish scales. Keep your tension consistent so the beadwork stays straight and flat. Be careful not to stretch or bend the beadwork so the thread doesn’t break and the beads won’t misalign. After you work the netting in Step 4, the rows of daggers will stabilize.

Alternate Colorways:

COPPER
12 g crystal full Labrador size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
13 g crystal full Labrador size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
149 matte metallic copper 5×16mm 2-hole daggers (C)
1 silver 10×30mm tube bar clasp
Smoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Dragon Scale Cuff

Copper Colorway

TURQUOISE
12 g crystal full Labrador size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
13 g crystal full Labrador size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
149 Persian turquoise 5x16mm 2-hole daggers (C)
1 silver 10x30mm tube bar clasp
Smoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Dragon Scale Cuff

Turquoise Colorway

MICHELLE LEONARDO is a passionate designer who creates beautiful jewelry out of the finest glass seed beads. Her high fashion jewelry collection is inspired by her travels, particularly her love of the ocean. With an award-winning career in advertising and graphic design behind her—plus several recent features in publications— she launched Michelle Leonardo Design to sell her jewelry and patterns. Contact Michelle through her website, www.michelleleonardodesign.com, or connect with her on Facebook at Michelle Leonardo Design.

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