Beaded bangle bracelets are a cinch to size when you use a brick stitch base! Using basic brick stitch with large beads (size 8 or size 6) let you make a substantial-feeling bangle bracelet that will fit you like a glove. Want to try this fast, easy, and super-cute brick stitch bangle bracelet beading project? Have fun!
(Makes an 8-inch inside diameter bangle. May need to adjust amounts for larger bracelet.)
- 10 grams size 8 seed beads (A)
- 2 grams each, size 11 seed beads in main and contrasting color (B, C)
- 5 grams 3.4mm drop bead (D)
- Size 12 beading needle
- 6 lb. test Fireline beading thread
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Chain nose or flat nose pliers (optional, but very useful for getting needle through tight spaces in this beading project)
|On a comfortable length of thread and using A, make a three-bead ladder.
Work in flat brick stitch until you have a strip of beadwork that fits snugly around the widest part of your hand. (To get this measurement, fold your thumb into your palm, and wrap a tape measure around your knuckles. This is the part of the hand that the bangle bracelet needs to slide over.)
|Once you’ve completed your strip of brick stitch, check to make sure that your ends will fit together. You want one end to start with an “up” bead (similar to the up bead in peyote stitch) and the other to start with a down bead before you attach the ends.|
|To weave together the ends of your strip of brick stitch, start first by passing through alternate threads on each end. Pull your beading thread gently to cinch the ends together, and then weave back and forth through the beads as if you were working peyote stitch to reinforce the attachment.|
|Start a new thread, and exit from an up bead in your band of brick stitch. To add the netting, pick up 2B, 1C, 2B and pass through the next up bead in the brick stitch band.
Repeat all the way around one side, then work your thread over to the other side and add netting in between each up bead.
If you have any thread tails hanging out of your brick stitch band, weave them in now before you begin the next step.
|To add the drop beads (D), exit from a C bead. Pick up 1D, and pass through the next C.
Pay attention to which direction your C beads are facing — they may have twisted a bit, and you want to make sure that the bead holes are all facing in the same direction.
Make sure that your drop beads all sit with the drop part facing out, and don’t let them fall into the center of your netting as you add them.
Finally, pass through all the C and D beads one more time, to reinforce and strengthen. Weave your threads into the bangle, knot, and trim your thread close to the beadwork.
What excites me the most about this brick stitch project is the potential for variations! Can you imagine this made with tiny Czech glass spikes instead of drop beads? Or maybe substituting tiny 3mm crystal bicones for the seed beads in the netting? Maybe if you want to get adventurous, you could add a ring of 4mm round beads or pearls to the brick stitch strip before you work the netting over the top. And to think that it all starts with a simple strip of brick stitch!
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