Make An Easy Right-angle Weave Bracelet With O-beads

Mar 5, 2014

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

Tools

  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Scissors or thread cutter
  • Chain nose pliers or thread puller (optional, but useful for getting needle through tight spaces)

Step 1: On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a stop bead. Then pick up: 1A, 1B, 1A, 1C. Repeat for a total of 4C.

Pass through all beads again to form a loop, and through the first 4 beads strung. You should be exiting a C (seed) bead.

Step 2: You'll add units using basic right-angle weave. For each unit, pick up 1A, 1B, 1A, 1C. Repeat to add a total of 3 C, ending with ABA. Pass through the C you exited at the beginning of this step.

Tip: To strengthen and give your right-angle weave bracelet more shape, pass through all beads of each unit a second time before moving on to the next unit.

Step 3: When you have reached your desired length, stitch through the end of the beadwork until you are exiting a C bead, moving backwards towards the other side of the bracelet.

Step 4: Add the little scallops between each unit of right-angle weave. Pick up 1D, 2C, 1A, 1B, 1A, 2C, 1D. Pass through the next top C of the next unit. Repeat across one side of the bracelet, then work around so that you are exiting the bottom C of the other side of the bracelet.

At this point, I flip the bracelet around so that the first row of scallops is on the bottom, and I'm working on the top of the bracelet.

Work another row of scallops along the second side of the bracelet.

Step 5: Exiting from the side C, pick up 4 or 5 D, one half of the clasp, and 4 or 5 D. Pass through the C you exited at the beginning of this step, and then through all the D you added to attach the clasp. Repeat the thread path a couple of times to strengthen, and then weave back into the bracelet, knot, and trim the thread close to the beadwork. Repeat to add the second half of the clasp on the other side.

(To make the variation pictured above with 4mm crystal bicones, you'll need 125 crystal bicones, and an additional 5 grams of O-beads. For your scallops, pick up 1A, 1B, 1A, 1C, 1A, 1B, 1A and pass through the next middle C.)

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!

Ready to do some more bracelet making with right-angle weave? Check out the Best of Beadwork: 12 Right-angle Weave Stitch Projects. You'll find a dozen great beading projects using right-angle weave from some of your favorite bead artists like Marcia DeCoster, Smadar Grossman, Shelley Nybakke, and even yours truly! Best of all, it's a digital download, and for a limited time, it's on sale to celebrate National Craft Month! Check out all the great deals in the Beading Daily Shop and treat yourself to something special for National Craft Month!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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