Free Bead Weaving Instructions: DiamonDuo and Demi Round Seed Bead Bracelet
Tubular peyote bead weaving instructions for a DiamonDuo and Demi Round seed bead bracelet.
While in Tucson, at the end of my last day, as cloths were being draped onto tables to cover up until morning, as lights were being turned off, and goodbye hugs shared as we all worked or way toward the door, I met Avital Rubin of BeadMaster USA.
Avital was still standing in her booth, looking fresh as if it was the start of the day, and finally not too busy with customers I could pass her my business card. She was kind enough to extend her day, share her excitement over the new bead (DiamonDuo) they just released, as well as showed me a full wall of beads they carry. WOW! So much to take in! So many ideas flowing through my brain! Inspiration abounded! She also shared all the bead weaving instructions they were creating to help inspire and share ways to use their new beads.
Since Tucson, it’s been fun to see DiamonDuo designs and bead weaving instructions pop up and it was really fun to put my own design together, which I share with you here.
Bead Weaving Instructions for DiamonDuo and Demi Round Bead Bracelet
- DiamonDuo® beads (assorted colors)
- Size 11/0 Demi Round beads (matte black)
- Size 8/0 seed beads
- End caps with clasp
For a 7 1/2″ bracelet (which includes the clasp), a rough count for DiamonDuos would be 156. That’s 6 beads for each row, for 26 rows. For 26 rows there are 27 rows of 12 Demi rounds, which equals 324 beads.
Step 1. Add a needle to a comfortable length of thread. Double the thread then add a stop bead, leaving a 6” tail. Thread on a Demi Round and a DiamonDuo. Repeat 4 times.
Make sure the DiamonDuo beads face the same way.
Step 2. Pass the needle through the top hole of the first DiamonDuo but not through the last Demi Round strung (it’s right next to the DiamonDuo so a little tricky).
Pass the needle, working in the opposite direction, through the lower hole of the first DiamonDuo.
Pull the thread so the beads are all tightened up.
Step 3. Pick up a Demi Round, a DiamonDuo (making sure the DiamonDuo is facing the correct way), and a Demi Round. Pass the needle through the lower hole of the next DiamonDuo in the first round of beads.
Step 4. Repeat all the way around.
For the last bead, pass the needle through the first Demi Round and DiamondDuo strung in this step (don’t pass through the Demi Round on the other side of the DiamonDuo).
Pass through the lower hole of the DiamonDuo, working in the other direction.
Step 5. Pick up a Demi Round, a DiamonDuo (making sure the DiamonDuo is facing the correct way), and a Demi Round. Pass the needle through the lower hole of the DiamonDuo in the previous round of beads.
Repeat all the way around, passing the needle through the Demi Round and first DiamonDuo, again, not passing through the Demi Round on the other side of the DiamonDuo.
Taking Shape and Holding its Own
Step 6. At this time, you can transfer your beadwork to a form so it’s easier to handle.
Step 7. Weave enough rows to complete about 7” then remove from the form.
Step 8. Decrease the end so the clasp fits.
For the next row of beads, rather than adding Demi Rounds and DiamonDuos, pick up a Demi Round, a size 8/0 seed bead, and a Demi Round. Pass the needle through the “top” hole of the next DiamonDuo in the row.
Repeat all the way around the row. When passing through the first DiamonDuo in the row, continue through the bead, through the first Demi Round and size 8/0 seed bead added in this step.
Step 9. Pick up 1 size 8/0 seed beads, pass through the next size 8/0 seed bead (in the row between DiamondDuos) added in Step 8.
Repeat all the way around.
Step 10. Add a size 8/0 seed bead between each size 8/0 seed bead added in Step 9.
Test the fit of the clasp. If needed, add another row.
Finishing Your New Bracelet
Weave the thread into the beadwork to secure the end. I also wove the thread through the last row of DiamonDuos in the beadwork so they were also more secure. They will be closest to the clasp and it won’t hurt to give this area a little more durability.
Trim the thread ends close. Add a dab of adhesive to the inside of the clasp then fit the clasp onto the beadwork. Press the beads into the clasp (I used a blunt awl to carefully nudge the beads where needed); quickly clean up any adhesive that might seep out.
For the other end, remove the Demi Rounds strung in the first round, then repeat steps 8-10 to complete the bracelet.
This bracelet feels great on, is flexible like a bead-woven cloth, and has a great weight.
For great shaped-bead designs, bead weaving instructions, and inspiration, be sure to check out Shaped Bead Explorations with Penny Dixon. Her designs will likely inspire you in a whole other direction.