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Flying Home 3-Wrap Bracelet

About this design:

I had this image in my head of birds flying home against a beautiful blue green sky. The multi aquamarine played in perfectly representing the sky while the Green Girl pewter pieces completed the part of the birds flying home. Placement of the “focal” beads in this wrap bracelet was especially important, so I was constantly taking this project off my clipboard and wrapping it around my wrist to see if it was time to place one of the focals.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • ½ tube of magatama seed beads
  • 1 nest bead
  • 1 bird bead
  • 1 ceramic geode
  • 5’ 1.5mm leather cord
  • 24’ of thread
  • 9 czech glass beads
  • 29 6mm rounds
  • 13 8mm rounds
  • 6 8-12mm nuggets
  • 1 button or toggle bar
  • 1 beading needle
  • chain nose pliers

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I recommend wrapping a string around your wrist and then marking on that string where you want your focals to be places. Layout your beads along the string plaing your focals at the markings.
Step 2:
Once you have the beads laid out from light to dark, you can begin your ladder stitch.
Step 3:
I used seed beads at the beginning and end of the bracelet to give a gradual transition up the larger sized beads I stitched in.
Step 4:
The bracelet does flow nicely when you jump drastically in size, like a 6mm to a 12mm. I recommend briefly building up in size or down in size if you are dealing with the reverse situation.
Step 5:
I tied knots at my leather tail ends for a decorative touch and to keep the knots from slipping.

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5" strand
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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fabulous piece! A fave!!

  2. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Love this bracelet!

  3. Beads247
    Beads247 says:

    Ali, this is really awesome!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  5. C Brosnan
    C Brosnan says:

    Love this bracelet to!

  6. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I LIKE!!! :-)

  7. K Hueschen
    K Hueschen says:

    I love this! REally cool how you used all different kinds of beads …mixed sizes and colors….I just got an order of beads today..guess I’m going to have to go shopping again! Can’t wait to make something like this…thanks for the inspiration! i just made a few wrap bracelets in the spring, very primitive compared to this one. A friend of mine sent me some vintage buttons they dug up from the earth in Massachusetts. these are my first and only ones so far….


  8. Gaea C
    Gaea C says:

    Yum! Love the designs and colors!

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    J mayer says:

    I really like

  10. Violet
    Violet says:

    Love your design, Ali !!!!

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    Anna706 says:

    I would like to try this, never made one. cute!

  12. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I love this bracelet, Ali! It has a lot of interest, and I love all the different textures in the beads you chose!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I love it! And I WANT one!!
    Gonna’ have to take the time to learn how. Thank you for the lesson Ali!

  14. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    Ali, thanks for including this fabulous bracelet in the step by step instructions. Definitely going to have to give this a shot! Bravo!

  15. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    OMG! Love, love, love! 8O

  16. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone. I really enjoyed working on this bracelet. The different size beads and different textured were fun incorporating into a wrap bracelet that is more typically done as all one stone.

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Love the colors, your story, and your instructions! I’ve been wanting to make one of these. I really love your different sizes and textures! Gorgeous, Ali! :D

  18. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    The colors are some of my favorite. I really would like to make this bracelet, substitute a non-leather cord and add a few peace signs to make a gift for a special friend. Thank you, Ali, for your beautiful designs.

  19. opalgem101
    opalgem101 says:

    Love your designs! To me, half of the fun is picking out the buttons for the clasp.

  20. Ali
    Ali says:

    If you use a non-leather cord, such as a fabric or the like, rather than looping around the cord, stitch through it with your needle. This should help with keeping the beads from sliding if the cord shrinks or alters its shape as time goes on.

  21. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ali, this is so beautiful — great colors! :D Thanks so much for the instructions! I also have been wanting to learn how to do this type of design. 8)

  22. tori2tu
    tori2tu says:

    Wow…you are so talented at bringing an image to life!!
    Question…what color is the leather cord? It’s divine.

  23. Ali
    Ali says:

    It looks like we just went out of stock on the leather cord I used. The color was Gauriya (metallic) Leather Cord 1.5mm, I am sure we will have back very soon :-)

  24. Diane Cauley
    Diane Cauley says:

    wow Ali cant tell you how much I enjoy all of your work but this one is super inspiring! I’ve been using this idea to death lateley and am having too much fun with it. Love the use of the magatama beads

  25. theresasmi47
    theresasmi47 says:

    love this this is very nice…

  26. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Look at all those delish bead combos. It’s a wonderful piece.

  27. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I REALLY, REALLY LOVE this bracelet Ali !! It’s SO cool ! I would wear it every day !!! ;)

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    C oneill says:

    I love this bracelet Ali! I am having trouble finding all the supplies to make this as not knowing where and which to choose to make the exact same one.

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    Julianne F says:

    Ali, what kind of thread are you supposed to use for these wrap bracelets? I’m sure it can’t just be any old thread, right?

  30. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    I love this bracelet…cannot believe that I have not seen it before! Most definitely going to make!

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    G Gall says:

    I just started beading Love it ! Love this !!! Have you thought of selling kits? if so I would defiantly sign up. :)

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    J Todero says:

    Love the color and bead choices! This has inspired me! I make and sell wrap bracelets. I use Superlon or Nymo Thread if that helps. :)

  33. Copenhagen Statement
    Copenhagen Statement says:

    One day, I will try to make something like this.

    It’s simple, but because the beads are so beautifully put together, it looks lovely.

  34. P Hunt
    P Hunt says:

    This bracelet is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! ♥

  35. J Becker
    J Becker says:

    so beautiful…. what is it about this shade of blue that I love so much???

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    D Mabie says:

    These are really pretty! Know this is an older post but are these for sale? I would love to buy one from you! Thanks

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    Luanne A says:

    Very cool Ali!

  38. R Straw
    R Straw says:

    This is my favorite on this site.I’m ordering the beads to make it.

  39. Melissamorgan99
    Melissamorgan99 says:

    Luv this design and colors! My fav in gallery for sure!

  40. N Jeppesen
    N Jeppesen says:

    I’ve seen a lot of jewelry designed on many sites and yours are always the best! P.S You look like one of my sisters. God bless!

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