This pattern was inspired by the No Warp Ends Bracelet designed by Claudia Chase for the Bead & Tapestry Cuffs class on Craftsy. You can use it to make a supple beaded cuff bracelet. The completed band width is 7/8 inch, and you can repeat the pattern to your desired length.
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- Learn how to make a chunky beaded toggle clasp for your bracelet.
Beads and Supplies
You'll need the following glass beads to make a bracelet band that is about 7 inches long, not including the clasp:
- ~10 grams of size 8/0 Miyuki round seed beads in aquamarine white pearl; Bead ID #8-430* (A)
- ~6.5 grams of size 8/0 Miyuki round seed beads in blue topaz; 8-0018 (B)
- ~10 grams of long (4mm by 7mm) magatama beads in silver-lined gold; LMA-3 (C)
*The bead IDs used above are used by BelloModo.com, where I purchased my beads. Keep in mind that available colors can change over time; if you can't find these exact colors, feel free to switch them out with the colors of your choice.
You'll also need a bead loom, beading needle, and beading thread for the warps. If you plan to weave-in your warp threads, I recommend size D beading thread and a size 10 or 12 needle. For my bracelet, I used a Mirrix loom with a No Warp Ends Kit. Because I had only two warp tails to worry about weaving in, I used 30-pound test Power Pro thread for the warps, which is bulkier and stronger than regular beading thread.
Using a Bead Loom
The Amber Islands pattern can be stitched on any bead loom. Here are some tutorials to help you get started using one.
- How to Warp a Standard Bead Loom
- How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
- How to Weave Beads on a Loom
- How to Start a New Thread When Your Old Thread Runs Out
- How to Weave-In Extra Warp Thread Tails
Tips for Using Long Magatams
Notice that the amber cells on the pattern chart call for long magatama beads. These beads take up a little more space than the 8/o round beads. You'll need to use your fingers to poke the magatams up between the warps, being careful not to skip over any beads with your needle. Also be sure to pull the weft thread tight after completing each magatama row.