Lime's Up Bracelet Project
A tangy twist on color, with fresh-squeezed appeal. Juicy citrus tones mix it up with cool turquoise and yellow, lime green and white. Black adds the defining element. Braid these yummy colors into a twist and slide them through the lime mesh rondelle.
Karla Schafer, Aunties Beads Designer
Tools and Materials Needed:
- See the secondary image above for an illustration on 4 strand braids.
- Cut (4) pieces of beading wire, 10" in length. Crimp two strands to each loop to half of the clasp using the Magical Crimp Forming Tool.
- String (28) to (30) 6/0 seed beads onto each strand pairing the colors as follows on each loop: Trans Yellow/White AB and Matte Black/Matte Turquoise. Place tape on the wire at the end of your beads to keep them in place while you braid.
- Following the diagram for 4 strand braiding, braid the beaded strands, you may want to secure your work to the work surface for better control.
- Once you are satisfied with the braid, as tight or loose as you like it, check and make sure you are about 3 to 3 1/4" in length. If short, you may want to loosen the braid or add more beads to each strand.
- Gathering two of the strands that are closest to each other, string a crimp bead over the strands and flat crimp them together.
- Repeat for the other two strands and then slip the mesh bead over all 4 strands.
- Again string (28) to (30) seed beads onto each strand exiting the mesh bead, try to follow the color strand from the other side.
- Tape the ends to secure and check your measurement and make any adjustments, remembering the other half of the clasp measurement as well.
- I found it easier to braid this side therefore I had to adjust my tension to make it match the other side.
- Once satisfied tape two of the strands together, while you crimp each one of the other two into one loop of the clasp.
- Crimp the other two strands to complete the bracelet.
8x18mm Lime Green Large Hole Mesh Rondelle Bead- 1pc
6/0 Matte Op Turquoise Blue Miyuki Seed Beads- 5grams
6/0 Tr Yellow Miyuki Seed Bead- 5grams
6/0 White AB Miyuki Seed Bead- 5grams
Miyuki, 6-401f Matte Black- 5grams
Sterling Silver Round Hook and Eye Clasp, 2-strand
Beadalon 49-strand Wire, 30 ft., .018- 40"
Crimp Beads, Bag of 50, 2 x 2mm- 9pc
BeadSmith Magical Crimp Forming Tool For .014"-.015" Wire