Learn how to make the gorgeous Crystal Bling Bracelet using this simple tutorial with step-by-step pictures.
DiamonDuo beads are popular two-hole Czech glass beads shaped like a diamond.
They have one flat side and the other is faceted. It's this faceted side that adds a lot of texture and dimension to the beadwork.
However, these two different sides also means that you'll need to keep an eye out as you work. Make sure to pick up the beads so the flat side is facing the same direction.
Today, I'm going to show you how to make a DiamonDuo bracelet. You're going to take advantage of the tapered edges of each bead and slot in bicones and seed beads in between them to produce a fun bracelet.
The pattern is suitable for all skill levels.
Crystal Bling Bracelet TUTORIAL
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- 1g 11/0 seed beads (A) - Miyuki Duracoat Galv. Muscat
- 30 DiamonDuo beads (B) - Cocoa Airy Pearl
- 29 bicones, 4mm (C)
- 1 button clasp
- 1 yard of beading thread
- 2 size 10 beading needles
- Thread burner or sharp scissors
- Bead mat
Here is the full written tutorial for the DiamonDuo bracelet:
Crystal Bling Bracelet Instructions
Step 1: Thread your needle with 1 yard of beading thread.
String the button clasp and 5A on one needle.
Step 2: Using the second needle, pass through the 5A going away from the clasp.
Center the beads and clasp on the thread.
Step 3: String 2A and 1B on one needle.
With the second needle, string 2A and pass through the second hole of the 1B.
Step 4: Using the right-hand (RH) needle, string 1B.
Note: Make sure the faceted side of each B is facing the same direction as you progress.
Step 5: Using the left-hand (LH) needle, string 1A, 1C and 1A.
Go through the second hole of the 1B just strung in the previous step.
Step 6: String 1B using the LH needle.
Step 7: With the RH needle, string 1A, 1C and 1A.
Pass through the second hole of the 1B strung in the previous step.
Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7 until you have reached your desired length.
Note: Both needles should be exiting 1B.
Step 9: String 3A on the LH needle.
Step 10: String 2A on the RH needle.
Cross the RH needle through the third 1A strung in the previous step.
Note: Both needles should now be exiting on either side of the same 1A.
Step 11: Using one needle string enough A's to fit snugly around your button clasp.
Then, go through the 1A from the side opposite where your thread is exiting.
Step 12: Use the second needle to reinforce the loop of seed beads.
Step 13: Weave both ends of the thread into your beadwork.
Tie several half-hitch knots and remove the excess.
Your bracelet is now complete!
Enjoyed this Crystal Bling tutorial? Here are some other patterns using DiamonDuo beads.