Bee's Knees diy Bracelet

DESIGNED BY Molly Schaller
FEATURING BEAD GALLERY® BEADS BY HALCRAFT COLLECTION 

30 3mm light aqua Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
30 3mm lime Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
30 3mm green Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
30 3mm olive green Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
30 3mm bright yellow crystal Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
30 3mm green aqua crystal Czech fire-polished faceted rounds
1 ceramic bee bead
1 silver ball pin
Wildfire thermally bonded bead weaving thread
48” 2mm white leather cording
6” 24-gauge German wire
 
Tools:
Wide eye needle
Wire nippers
Round-nose pliers
Clip board
Binder clip
Super glue

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Time – 2+ hours

Instructions:
1. Fold the leather cording in half and make an overhand knot 1” from the point in the fold to make a loop large enough for the bee bead to pass through.

2. Cut a long piece of Wildfire that is about as long as your arm span. You will add more Wildfire as necessary as you work along the bracelet.

3. Beside the overhand knot, tie the Wildfire around the leather cord. Secure with a drop of super glue gel.

4. String a beading needle onto the Wildfire and clip the loop of the leather cord to the clip board.

5. String 1 yellow faceted round onto the Wildfire and slide it so that it is sandwiched between the two pieces of leather cord as near as possible to the knot.

6. Pass the needle over the other cord, under that cord, and back through the bead, emerging over the leather cord on the other side.

7. Slide 1 another yellow faceted round onto the Wildfire. Sandwich it between the two pieces of leather so that the needle emerges on top of the second strand of leather. Pull the needle through and under the leather, and back through the same bead, emerging on top of the leather.

8. Repeat step 7 28 more times.

9. Repeat step 7 30 times using lime faceted rounds.

10. Repeat step 7 30 times using olive faceted rounds

11. Repeat step 7 30 times using light aqua faceted rounds.

12. Repeat step 7 30 times using green aqua faceted rounds.

13. Repeat step 7 30 times using green faceted rounds.

14. Secure thread by weaving and knotting around the end of the leather.

15. Fold the two ends of the leather over and wrap the 24-gauge piece of wire around the neck of the leather to finish the end of the bracelet.

16. Slide the bee bead onto a ball pin. Make a wrapped loop to secure it to the finished end of the bracelet and trim excess wire.

Molly Schaller is a crafts industry consultant, jewelry designer, and communications specialist. She loves how crafts weave one's heart, hands, and mind into one beautiful experience and is always on the lookout for a new crafting hobby.