Beads for Four Corners Bracelet

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on Nov 21, 2008 3:26 PM

I've been told that some people are having difficulty finding the exact glass beads for the Four Corners bracelet I made for the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Step by Step Beads.  So sorry about that!  Here are some tips for finding alternatives: 

* Look for "diagonally drilled", "corner drilled" or "diamond shaped" square or diamond beads.

* Beads should be flat, not cubes.

* Beads need to be drilled at the corners in order to work the pattern.

* Common materials for this type of shape are gemstones, shell, and pearls.   Some glass, but not as much.

* Watch the bead size -- 10-12mm or so

Here are some photos I found online, so you can get an idea of what kinds of beads to look for (this is not a shopping recommendation--I don't have any personal connection to these companies):

Lava stone beads, 10mm diagonal drill square shape:

Pearl shell, flat square diagonally drilled:

Millefiori glass diamond beads

Abalone corner drilled square

Resin flat diamonds


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MarybethG wrote
on Dec 2, 2008 5:52 PM

 I just love this bracelet and would love to make it!  I can't find these beads anywhere!  Totally bummed.  I did order the toggle just in case I do happen to find the beads some day.

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on Dec 8, 2008 8:51 AM

I wish I had purchased more of those beads when I saw them!

The beads for the "alternate" version pictured in the magazine I bought at Hobby Lobby, so you might find beads you like at the craft stores, in addition to searching your local bead shops.

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on Dec 21, 2008 7:18 PM

 Well, now I'm intrigued.  I've done a search for the Four Corners Bracelet, but I can't find it.  Is it online or in the magazine?

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on Dec 27, 2008 1:09 PM

 Oh sheesh, never mind everyone....I just re-read Michelle's first post.  I'll pick up the magazine.

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Sharon@356 wrote
on Jul 3, 2009 7:23 AM

 I have finally gotten the beads and now I can't find the pattern. Can anyone help?


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prcausgrove wrote
on May 17, 2010 9:13 PM

Where did you find the beads?


The pattern can be purchased on the Interweave website under projects / bracelets. Patterns are listed in alphabetical order by bracelet name.

Item Number: EP1382 -- or you can select the designer's name under the button for Author under "Refine Your Search."


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mithsmile wrote
on Dec 10, 2010 9:36 PM

The other way I made a curl (coil) at the end of the wire and placed it at the end of the handle, placed beads on the wire and cut the wire a little longer than the handle of the coffee scoop I was working on curled that end as well and bent it down into the dip of the scoop. After that I took a second peice of wire and wrapped aroun the handle going between each bead. I gave these for Christmas presents last year (2008) and they are holding up very well.  I have even placed them in the dishwasher.  I have more comments on my coffee scoops and wisks than much anything else I do.  Relax and just have fun!

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teonaaa3 wrote
on Jul 3, 2012 7:58 AM

OMG, here is all I need, thanks for facilitating my searching job :))

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mrskp1 wrote
on Aug 22, 2012 4:18 PM

Is step by step a magazine or a place to come to for questions regarding beadings?  Or beading patterns?  Thanks. Elaiine

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ScottishSue wrote
on Aug 22, 2012 6:34 PM

Step by Step Beads was a magazine that ran from its premiere issue in 2002 to its final issue in January/February 2010.  It was initially published by Lapidary Journal's Primedia Inc.  Then Beadwork's Interweave took over at the end of 2006.  Interweave also published a "Best of Step by Step Beads" in 2010 with about 40 of the previous published patterns.  The Four Corner's Bracelet was NOT in the 2010 publication.


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carolee1945 wrote
on Aug 23, 2012 3:51 PM

I absolutely loved Step by Step Beads and I was so disappointed when they cancelled it.

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on Feb 26, 2014 10:09 AM

Thank you for providing these tips. Really helpful and helps to find perfect match.

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