Moroccan Coral Loom Beaded Bracelet

  • How to Make the Bracelet

    Beads

    To make one bracelet that is about 7.5 inches long including the clasp, you'll need the following size 11/0 Miyuki Delica seed beads:

    • About 3 grams in garnet gold luster; bead I.D. DB0105 (A)
    • About 0.5 grams in light peach lined crystal luster; DB0067 (B)
    • About 1.2 grams in opaque salmon; DB1363 (C)
    • About 0.25 grams in matte sea glass green luster; DB0385 (D)

    You can shop for these colors at Caravan Beads.

    Tools

    • A basic beading loom, such as a wire frame or wood frame loom. (Learn about the...MORE different types of looms.)
    • A computer and (optionally) color printer for printing out the pattern.
    • Sticky note for keeping your place on the pattern.
    • Ceramic bead dish(es) or a beading mat (for pouring out your beads for use).
    • A size 12 beading needle.
    • C-Lon beading thread in size D chartreuse.
    • Thread conditioner, such as Thread Heaven.
    • Masking tape.
    • Beading or embroidery scissors.
    • Optional: A thread burner tool.
    • Two jump rings and a ready-made clasp of your choice. The example uses Vintaj antiqued brass jump rings and a lobster clasp.
    • Two pairs of chain nose or flat nose jewelry making pliers (or one pair of each) for attaching the clasp.

    What to Do

    1. Open and/or download the free Moroccan Coral bracelet pattern.

    2. Use the beading thread to warp your loom using the winding method. You need a total of ten warp threads in adjacent warp dents (that is, do not skip over any dents).

    3. Pour out a pile of each color of the four colors of beads, and order them sequentially on your work surface by letter.

    4. Prepare your needle and thread for single-strand beadweaving. Pull one arms' span of thread, or a little more if you feel comfortable working with longer thread (which can tangle more easily).

    5. Read the beading pattern and weave a band in the length of your choice. Remember that the clasp normally adds about a half inch to the total length. If you begin to run out of thread, stop and add a new one (because you're working with tightly fitting cylinder beads, you can skip the half-hitch knots if you'd like).

    7. Attach the clasp and enjoy your bracelet!

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