Emerald Fireworks!

This beaded bracelet is made using reflective bicones that are really sparkly and look gorgeous! It’s made using another kit from The Bead Shop, Manchester, and is a lot simpler to make than would first appear.

Anyway, have a look and see what you think. Hope you like them!

Donna x

Emerald Fireworks Bracelet (Designed by Janine McGinnies)

Tools Needed: Beading Needle Size 10, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Scissors, Ruler

Materials Needed 42 x 6mm Emerald Swarovski Xilion Bicones, 42 x 4mm Blue Zircon Swarovski Xilion Bicones, 2g Dyed Silver Lined Blue Zircon Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads, 7m Smoke Fireline Bead Thread, 1 x Black Plated Extension Chain with Tear Drop, 1 x Black Plated Heart Trigger Clasp, 20 x Black Plated 5mm Thin Jump Rings, 10 x Black Plated 4mm Thin Jump Rings.

Method:

  1. Cut Fireline in 1m length and thread onto needle.
  2. Thread on a 6mm bicone, followed by a seed bead 6 times, pulling the needle through until there’s about 2″ of thread left at the end, before threading it back through all the beads again (starting at the first) to form a loop). Your beads should form a neat circle, and you then knot the ends to secure.  DON’T CUT OFF THE ENDS!!
  3. Pass your needle through the next bicone and seed bead in the circle, then thread on a seed bead, 4mm bicone and another seed bead. Pass back through the bicone and first seed bead (closest to the circle) and pull tight, before threading through the seed bead below to secure.
  4. Repeat step 3 to create a fringe between each section of the circle.
  5. When all fringing is complete, thread through to the next 6mm bicone and seed bead, up the fringe and out the 4mm bicone (careful not to go out the top seed beads – these will be used next!). Go across into the next 4mm bicone and down the fringe, pulling them together, repeating round the circle to make 3 triangles.
  6. To complete, tie the sections together by threading through all of the very top seed beads in a circle and pull tight. This will create a circular “dome” shape. Go round this circle 3-4 times until it’s tight and secure, then thread round to the side that has the spare 2″ of thread from the beginning, thread down to meet the thread, and tie the ends together to secure. Snip off ends and you have your first complete “firework” section.
  7. Repeat “firework” section another 6 times (for average size bracelet, use 6 total for small wrists).
  8. When all “firework” sections are complete, you can start to assemble your bracelet by carefully threading a 5mm jump ring in between the beads each side of the “fireworks”. Then add a 4mm jump ring between each of those to form a link between sections.
  9. When everything’s connected, add an extension chain to one side, your heart clasp to the other…

And your bracelet is complete!!

As usual, pictures to illustrate.

Donna x

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