Right Angle Weave Crystal Bead Tennis Bracelet

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    Beaded Tennis Bracelet Pattern

    Beaded Tennis Bracelet Pattern
    Sparkling crystal beads and size 11 cylinder beads strung together on this flash-tastic bracelet. © Lisa Yang

    Bring on the sparkle with this easy to make crystal tennis style bracelet!  No special beading skills are required and the materials list is a simple too.

    The body of the bracelet uses a row of single right angle weave (RAW) stitch in 4mm crystals with Japanese cylinder beads on the side for decorative accents and to reinforce the chain.  

    But don't let any of that scare you from making one. It stitches up very quickly and is an easy to follow pattern.

    You can adjust the length of the bracelet by...MORE increasing or decreasing the number of units you make for the base of the bracelet.

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    Crystal Tennis Bracelet Materials

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    Materials to make a crystal beaded tennis bracelet. © Lisa Yang

     To make a 7" bracelet using this pattern, you will need the following beads, materials and tools:

    Buy 4mm Swarovski bicone crystal beads at Amazon.com

    The bracelet in this tutorial...MORE uses 4mm Swarovski Xilion Bicone in Comet Argent and Miyuki Delica size 11 cylinder beads in transparent luster grey (DB0114)

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    Prepare the Thread and Start Beading

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    Pick up four crystal beads. © Lisa Yang

    It can be difficult to add new thread in this bracelet design. Consequently, it's best to use as long as length of thread as you are comfortable working with. 

    Cut a ten foot piece of beading thread and thread a needle on one end.

    Pick up 4 bicones and push them down to the end of the thread, leaving a tail at least eight inches long. The tail is used to add half of the clasp later, so make sure you leave enough for the clasp you intend to use.

    Pass through the first two bicones to form a loop.

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    Stitch the Second Bracelet Link

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    Stitch back through the last bead. © Lisa Yang

    The overall pattern of the bracelet will consist of a center row of the four crystal bead circles connected on the sides with the cylinder beads.  You will make the center part of the bracelet first, then reinforce the edges with the cylinder beads.

    Continue the center of the bracelet by picking up 3 more bicone crystals. Pass through the bead that you were exiting at the beginning of this step.

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    Pull Thread Tight and Position Thread for Next Set of Beads

    RAW crystal bead bracelet
    Stitch through the bead on the side to get in place to add more bead units. © Lisa Yang

     Pull the thread to make the crystals into a circle.  Stitch through the next two crystals to position your thread to add another crystal unit..

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    Pick up Three More Crystal Beads

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    Pick up three more crystal beads and stitch back through the end bead. © Lisa Yang

    Continue adding three bead units in this same way.  Pick up three beads, stitch back through the bead you were exiting, stitch through the next two beads to position your thread for the next set of beads.

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    Continue Stitching the Bracelet

    Crystal tennis bracelet tutorial
    Continue adding three beads and stitching into a square unit. © Lisa Yang

    Stop adding the center units when your bracelet has reached the desired length.

    Be aware that when you add the Japanese cylinder beads in the next step, the length of the bracelet will shrink a bit. Always add two or three units more than you think you will need to ensure that the bracelet is long enough.

    Also remember to take into account the size of your clasp. If you are using a larger clasp, you will need less units. If you are using a smaller clasp or a magnetic clasp, you will need to add...MORE additional units.

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    Position Your Needle to Add Cylinder Beads

    RAW crystal bracelet chain tutorial
    Stitch through the end beads to position your thread on the side. © Lisa Yang

    After you have reached the desired length, pass through the next bicone in the bracelet so that you are in either the top or bottom bead of the base.

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    Add Cylinder Beads

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    Add a cylinder bead between each crystal bead. © Lisa Yang

     Pick up one cylinder bead and stitch directly across into the next bicone. You will have to pull slightly on the thread so that there are no gaps between the bicone, the cylinder bead, and the next bicone.

    Repeat until you have added bicones between all the spaces across the top of the bracelet.

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    Add Cylinder Beads Along the Bottom of the Bracelet

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    Add cylinder beads down the second side of the bracelet. © Lisa Yang

    When you reach the end of the bracelet base, pass needle through the next two crystals. Remember to pull snugly to make sure that there are no gaps between the bicone, cylinder bead, and bicone.

    Pick up one cylinder bead and pass directly across into the next bicone. Repeat across the bottom of the bracelet.

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    Adding the Clasp to the Bracelet

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    Use the delica beads to secure the clasp to the bracelet. © Lisa Yang

    Make sure that your thread is coming out of one of the crystals on the end of the bracelet.

    To add the clasp, pick up three or four cylinder beads, one half of the clasp, and another three or four cylinder beads. Pass through the crystal again and then repeat the thread path to reinforce.  If you are using a clasp with two rings, repeat this on the other side.

    Weave the thread end into the bracelet, and tie a few half-hitch knots.  Weave into the bracelet a bit more, then trim thread close to the...MORE beadwork using embroidery scissors or a thread burner.

    Repeat for the other half of the clasp, using the tail thread.

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    The Finished Bracelet

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    Right Angle Weave (RAW) bracelet made with Swarovski 4mm bicone crystals. © Lisa Yang

    The finished easy Swarovski crystal bicone tennis bracelet.  This bracelet is very flashy, but you can tone it down a little using a darker colored crystal or even black.

    Edited by Lisa Yang