Single-Strand Bracelet with Paua Shell Cabochon and Seed Beads

Single-Strand Bracelet with Paua Shell Cabochon and Seed Beads


I’m here with Sherry Serafini of
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and Sherry is going to show us how to make
this fabulous bold and sassy bracelet. Look at that! It’s a great cuff. Thank you. Our first step is to glue the suede
to the inside of our cuff. Since we are working with a one inch
design, I have a one inch wide cuff. I have glued the suede to the inside and left a little bit of an edge,
an eighth of an inch is good. Our next step is to move to our piece of
interfacing, which is going to be the part that we bead upon. The first thing I do is give myself a
quarter inch on each side of this piece and have an inch-wide strip on the inside in
which to bead. This will be cut off later. I apply my cabs where I want. These are my chosen cabs. What’s
great about it is there are so many different varieties of cabochons
that you can choose from and it just depends on which design you’re
looking for. They are wonderful. You can be very creative with it.
Yes, I absolutely adore cabochons and have a large collection of them. So what we do, is we arrange a pleasing
pattern on our one inch strip, and glue the cabs down. Use jewelry
glue and we glue this down. Here’s an example of a piece glued down. Now the stitch I want to show
you is called a back stitch. You thread a needle, single thread.
The reason we use a single thread is because we will be making several
passes through these beads. Now I pick up two beads at a time
with the needle and thread and pull them snug against my cabochon.
These are size eleven seed beads. You can work with size
eleven or fifteen and for beginners elevens are
nice because they are larger and easier to see. Now what we
do, is put the two beads on and come back up at our starting point at the back side of those beads. We are passing through
these two beads together. Are you just using regular thread? The
thread we are using is Nymo. I have used Fireline and for bead
embroidery Nymo is a wonderful thread. Okay, we have two beads strung on and now
I’m going to pick up two more beads. I only work with two beads at a
time and the purpose for this, and this happened through trial and error,
I have used more than two beads at a time, and don’t like to have my beads popup.
When you lie them against the cuff, they do not lie smooth. It’s
better to take the extra time to just do two beads
at a time. If you are going to put all the effort
into making one of these then you will want to do it right. Continue the beads all the way around.
This is how I start with the focal point. I call my cabs my focal point and
I like to start from here. This basic back stitch will be used throughout the entire piece. This is two rows of backstitch
around this cabochon. What I’d like to show you now is what is called a stop stitch.
This is wonderful. You can do stop stitch two different ways. Bring your needle up from
underneath your interfacing, and in this case, I’m going
to pick up a large rondelle, pick up a size eleven bead and pull them tightly
against the surface and pass back down through
just the large bead. This adds texture and these
are two simple stitches. Throughout this piece we will be using back stitch and stop stitch. Now I want to note before I continue,
that if you are a beginner and not comfortable with just going, you can take a permanent
marker and draw a pattern. I like to bead and just let the
beads tell me where to go. Just draw a pattern on here and
you can follow this line if that makes it more comfortable. That’s a little design tip. A lot of people really like to do that. So,
you are covering this entire background so those lines will not be seen? We are
painting this entire surface with beads. I like to call this painting with beads. So from there you can come
off around that cabochon and another way is to put those on, like this freshwater pearl,
might be to put it on the side. You just keep adding interesting patterns. You can follow
that that little line until this whole piece is completely covered. We are going to show some further
steps to as we move along. I’m so excited to see what this
piece is going to look like. I enjoy this so much. It is so much fun. Once the piece is entirely beaded, what
you’re going to do is cut off the sides. Here we have our beaded strip. This peace gets applied to the cuff. The
finished cuff we did at the beginning, is now ready to come back, and we glue the beadwork
to the top of the cuff so we are sandwiching, in a sense, the
brass between the suede and the beadwork. Now we want to work our final
stitch, a brick stitch. This finishes the piece and closes the edges up, I started a few rows. Now I can see why you left a little bit of an edge in the beginning. When you are cutting in the beginning, it’s better to leave a
little bit more edge, because some beaders pull a little bit on their beading surface which can make the beaded inch a bit smaller. This is another reason
we did not cut off the quarter of an inch too soon. You may need to add a few beads. So you are really just closing it up and it’s keeping the two pieces together.
You will brick stitch the entire way around this cabochon. Brick stitch
is just picking up a single bead, going through both layers, pulling down, and coming up. You’ll finish the entire cuff that way and
you would have your finished piece. Let’s look at the finished project. What’s great Sherry, is that you’ve brought
other ones to show different variations. And then also different thickness. You can use a
cuff that may be a little bit wider. The most important thing are
these pieces over here. Beautiful necklaces. These are my babies. Now this technique, believe it or not, can be used for every single piece up there. This is
bead embroidery and my basic stitches are back stitch and and the stop stitch and that’s
how all of these are done. You also have these gorgeous earrings and this last handbag we are going to show.
I just love this handbag. Well, this is definitely bold and sassy
and you know you made it look easy too.
Thank you so much Sherry.

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