I don't often wear bracelets, but I love a good bracelet making project. One of my favorite techniques for bracelet making is bead embroidery using lots of different types of beads and cabochons in all sizes! I used to be of the opinion that bigger was better when it came to bead embroidered bracelet making, but then I started making simple bead embroidered bracelets to sell at the farmer's market every week.
Bracelet making projects using basic bead embroidery techniques don't have to be very difficult or complex. In fact, this little bead embroidered cuff bracelet project works up in just under a day, so you can stitch one up as a gift for someone special or to have something new to wear to the office on Monday morning!
Dig through your stash of cabochons and beads, and I'm sure you'll come up with a beautiful array of beads to be used for this free bracelet making project!
- (1) completed bead embroidered cabochon, any size
- (1) 1/2" brass embroidery cuff blank
- Seed beads, size 11, in color to contrast or match with your faux suede or leather, approximately 5 grams
- 10" square of faux suede fabric in color to match cabochon
- Beading thread in color to match fabrics and cabochon
- Glue or adhesive such as E6000
- Size 10 or 12 beading needle
- Thread cutter
- Chain nose pliers (optional, but helpful for getting needle through tight spaces)
|Step 1: After you've stitched a peyote bezel around your cabochon, finish it by surrounding it with a round of large seed beads and add a brick stitch edging to it.|
|Step 2: Wrap a strip of the leather or faux suede (I prefer to use Ultrasuede) around the brass bead embroidery cuff bracelet. Leave at least 1" on either side of the bracelet to accommodate the stitching of the cabochon to the material. You can trim the top and bottom edges to within 1/8" of the edge of the cuff bracelet.|
Step 3: Cut a short length of beading thread (less than 3 feet) and tie a knot in one end. Center the cabochon on the leather. You can use a small amount of glue or double-sided adhesive tape to secure it temporarily while you work.
Stitch from the back of the leather up through the cabochon, exiting somewhere between the outer round of seed beads and the bezel. Stitch back down through the cabochon and the leather and repeat along one side of the cabochon.
|Step 4: When you have finished stitching along the first side of the cabochon, stitch through the leather strip and tie a couple of knots. You can add a drop of glue if desired. Repeat on the other side of the cabochon, stitching it to the leather strip.|
|Step 5: Use a toothpick to spread a thin layer of glue along the brass cuff bracelet and adhere the leather strip to the bracelet. Trim the ends to about 1/8" outside of the cuff bracelet. Allow at least an hour for the glue to dry.|
|Step 6: Take another strip of leather and adhere it to the inside of the bracelet. Trim to within 1/8" outside of the cuff bracelet, and allow at least an hour for the glue to dry.|
|Step 7: Using your seed beads, stitch a brick stitch edging all around the cuff bracelet using the same technique you used to finish the cabochon.|
If you don't want to leave the band of the bracelet unadorned, think about adding metal filigrees, spirals or other shapes made out of craft wire or flat beads. Or think about making your own cabochons out of resin and your favorite scrap book paper, a copy of a special photograph or a copyright-free image that you like!
Get ready to explore even more fun and easy bracelet making techniques in Kristal Wick's DVD Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin and Wire. Kristal takes you step-by-step through six lessons that cover all the materials you'll need as well as bead making techniques using fabric, fibers, wire and resin. Then watch as Kristal shows you how to assemble it all into a one-of-a-kind beaded bracelet that's sure to turn heads! Get your copy of Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin and Wire and shake up your next bracelet making project!
What's your favorite technique for bracelet making? Do you like to use bead embroidery? Maybe peyote stitch cuffs are your thing? Leave a comment and share your thoughts here on the Beading Daily blog! (And if you happen to make this project, take a quick photo and share it with us over in the Reader Photo Galleries!)