So bracelet number 3 of 3 is the Crystal Maze Ladder Bracelet, taught to me as always by the lovely Stella of Navajo Beading (http://www.navajo-beading.net/). Its base is the same as the one for the Embellished Ladder Bracelet, but then there is a big variation. So how is it made? Like this:
The Crystal Maze Ladder Bracelet
What You Need: Approx. 56 x 4mm Crystal Bi-Cones (Varies according to how long you need the bracelet to be – 56 will make 19 circles (Fig. 2). I need 24 circles for mine.), approx. 5 grams size 11 seed beads, 2 x size 12 beading needles, clasp, approx. 2 metres beading thread, embroidery scissors, thread conditioner, clear nail varnish / glue (optional).
- Thread a needle with approx. 2 metres of conditioned beading thread, and add another needle to the other end of the thread. You should now have a needle on both ends of your thread.
- Thread 1 crystal bi-cone onto your needle and centre it in the middle of your thread. Add 5 seed beads onto the right hand needle and 5 seed beads onto the left hand needle, and slide these beads down each side of the thread to meet the crystal bi-cone.
- Add 1 crystal bi-cone onto the right-hand needle and cross the left-hand needle through the bi-cone just added, taking care not to split the thread. You should now have a circle of beads, and the right and left-hand needles will have changed places (i.e. the right-hand needle will have become the left-hand needle, and vice-versa). See Fig. 1
- String 5 seed beads onto each needle and slide down the threads to meet the last bi-cone added. Thread 1 bi-cone onto the right-hand needle and cross the left-hand needle through the bi-cone just added – this will form another circle of beads. Once again, the needles will have changed place (see Fig. 2).
- Repeat step 4 until you have a total of 19 circles of beads (more circles will be required for a longer bracelet) & 20 bi-cones, emerging with the threads crossed through the last bi-cone added as in the previous steps.
- Add 2 seed beads to the right-hand needle, your chosen clasp, and then add 2 more seed beads on the left-hand needle, before stitching through all of the seed beads and the clasp in both directions several times in order to secure the clasp, ending with both needles crossed through the bi-cone you added last (see Fig. 3).
- With the right-hand needle, stitch back through the first 3 seed beads of the right-hand side of the final circle, emerging between the 3rd and 4th beads. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bi-cone, 1 seed bead and stitch through the 3rd seed bead of the next circle of beads on the right-hand side of the bracelet. Continue down the entire length of the right-hand side of the bracelet repeating this process, emerging through the final bi-cone of the last ring of beads. Repeat this process on the left-hand side of the bracelet using the left-hand needle, once again emerging through the final bi-cone of the last ring of beads. (see Fig. 4)
- Repeat step 6 to add the other end of your chosen clasp, stitching both the clasp and seed beads in both directions several times as you did previously, to ensure a secure fit ending with both needles emerging from the last bi-cone of the final ring of beads. Secure your work with a surgeons knot and stitch back through the outer edge of your bracelet, ensuring you follow the correct line of beads (this will strengthen your work). Tie another surgeons knot at the other end of your work and stitch back through several of the outer seed beads before trimming any remaining threads.
So, that’s the Crystal Maze Ladder Bracelet. Give it a try!! I’d love to see your results!