Make An Easy Right-angle Weave Bracelet With O-beads
So, I've got a half dozen colors of the new O-beads sitting on my bead board, and a handful of round glass druks, and I need an idea for a bracelet making project. Up until now, I've only ever used the O-beads as embellishments for bead embroidery, but I've been positively drooling over the bead-weaving projects I've seen being made with them. To test the waters and see what it's like to use these new shaped beads, I turn to my favorite bracelet making technique: right-angle weave!
Really, bracelet making using right-angle weave is probably my go-to technique because I just love the possibilities. A simple band of right-angle weave becomes something spectacular when you change up your bead choices, throw in a handful of crystals, or try out a new type of shaped glass bead.
Materials (Makes a 7 1/2-inch bracelet)
- 15 grams O-beads (A)
- 84 round glass druk beads, 4mm (B)
- 1 gram size 11 seed bead (C)
- 1 gram size 15 seed bead (D)
- Clasp of your choice
- Fireline beading thread, 6 lb. test
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Chain nose pliers or thread puller (optional, but useful for getting needle through tight spaces)
Stitching with the O-beads makes everything look, well, round! When mixed with crystal bicones, they look like sequins. When I used them with the round glass druks, they enhanced the shape of the round beads. I don't know what I'm going to do with them next, but it will most likely involve Czech glass spikes!
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