|Criss Cross Bracelet|
1. Cut (and prepare, if necessary) a two yard piece of Nymo, Power Pro or your choice of beading thread. Thread each end through a needle.
2. Place a piece of French Wire onto the thread. Place your lobster claw on the wire, the go back through it with one needle, forming a loop.
3. Add nine size 11/0 seed beads to each thread. Pass the needle on the right through nine of the seed beads on the left, then pass the needle on the left through nine of the seed beads on the right. The thread and both needles should be coming out of the bottom of the loop. See picture below.
4. The thread will be coming out of the bottom (with the work oriented so that the clasp is at the bottom) of the loop. Turn the needle tips toward the top of the work and add an 8 mm bead to the needle on the right, leaving about an inch of slack in the thread. Now pass the needle through the 9th bead at the top of the loop, from the bottom of the seed bead to the top. Take up the slack left in the thread. Do the same with the left needle. Notice that the needle goes in next to the 8th bead and exits at the top.
5. For the next set, you will add the nine beads, and pass back through the beads on the opposite side. This time, be sure to pass through the last bead of the previous set, on the opposite side as shown below.
6. Repeat step 4 above, then repeat Steps 3, 4 and 5, until your bracelet is the desired length.
7. Finish by adding the other piece of French Wire to one of the threads and adding a split ring through it. Then, make your loop and tie the threads off. You may like to add a drop of Fray Check or glue to the threads, just to hold the knot in place.
This pattern makes a nice, flat bracelet, and there are no loops slipping around. If you make one in some different colors, please send me a picture!
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