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Tourmaline Square Stitch Bracelet

About this design:

I am not a bead weaver so this was a new one for me. Once I saw how easy the square stitch was I decided to move forward with this design. I had a beautiful strand of sparkling tourmaline rondelles, I loved the color variation for this design. I used bugle seed beads on the back side of the tube, so it lays flat on my wrist. I think this is a cool way to showcase gemstones, give it a try.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Wildfire .006 in Black weaving thread
  • Size 10 needle
  • Metallic Frosted Antique Silver Bugle beads
  • Tourmaline 3x4mm rondelles (you could use any size even faceted rounds would be pretty) I listed some options below
  • 3mm natural leather cord
  • antique silver crimp ends
  • antique silver jump rings
  • head pins
  • lobster clasp

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Follow the steps in this diagram to get started.
  Step 2:
Now you have finished the gemstone part of this project, your cord should be at an endpoint. Feed two bugle beads onto the cord, the more bugles you add on the bigger the tube hole will be (I used two bugles and I was able to fit, two 3mm cords side by side through it).
Step 3:
Take the cord down through the bugles and through the bottom gemstone bead hole.
Step 4:
Keep going until the back side is filled and you have a tube shape.
  Step 5:
To finish weave your cord back through some of the beads in different directions and knot to secure it. Trim any excess cord. For the end with the stopper bead, take the stopper bead off and thread the cord onto the needle and weave it through the beads like you did on other side and knot.
  Step 6:
Cut your leather cord to fit your wrist. Attach your crimp ends. Pinch them with pliers to close tightly. Add on your jump ring and clasp. I added two bead charms onto the jump ring I made with extra tourmaline beads.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. luma
    luma says:

    This is really pretty! I enjoy bead weaving, and love tourmaline. I may have to try this.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is outstanding! I can see so many many color choices for this bracelet!

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    J Leong says:

    very beautiful!!!

  4. RaggyDaggyDo
    RaggyDaggyDo says:

    Yay, this really speaks to me. I’m definitely going to riff on this design.

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    JenJouterie says:

    This beautiful design speaks to me too — but, I can’t wait to see the variations all of you bead weavers post. AndreaP says it’s easy, perhaps my variation can be called “deconstructed knotted nest with hidden stone eggs.”

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Awesomely beautiful! I love how your gemstone tube is the star of this bracelet. The multiple colors of the Tourmaline is a great effect. The larger leather cords are a nice backdrop for it too. Favorited & hoping to try this one day. Great work Andrea! :)

  7. Andria Bieber Designs
    Andria Bieber Designs says:

    I AM SO MAKING THIS!!!! thank you!!

  8. AndreaP at Lima
    AndreaP at Lima says:

    Thank you everyone. I can’t wait to see your versions of this.

  9. Andria Bieber Designs
    Andria Bieber Designs says:

    I made a youtube tutorial on how to make this if you want to check it out :)

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