Monday, March 20, 2017

YouTube Beading Tutorial - XOXO Bracelet

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Turquoise Heavy Travertine"

JP posted this video tutorial HERE on YouTube about a week ago and I thought her bracelet looked really cute. I was in between projects so I gave it a try. I dug through my stash of fire polished beads to find a color that I had enough of to make this bracelet and I had quite a few of this color. Although there are only two kinds of beads, it takes a LOT of both fire polished beads and seed beads. JP must have an even tinier wrist than me because she only needed eight motifs for her bracelet. I needed ten motifs to fit my wrist so I'm guessing she must have a 5-inch wrist. My bracelet measures 7 inches long and fits my 6-inch wrist nicely. I needed 80 fire polished beads and about 5 grams of 11/0 seed beads. I made a different clasp loop on mine so I also used two 8/0 seed beads. I think I used at least 4 yards of thread. I started with three yards and had to add more.

I used Toho seed beads to make my first sample. Toho beads do work but the motifs came out a little loose. For my final bracelet I used Miyuki beads because the "Metallic Chocolate" goes well with the dark specks in my fire polished beads. They're a very unusual color that I found at BeadsParade on Etsy HERE. The specs are actually dark green but from a distance they appear to be brown.

I like how my bracelet turned out and it has an interesting feel to it because the motifs are two-sided. For some reason it's not a very photogenic bracelet and my photos don't do it justice. In my close-ups, it looks like loads of beads. Here is a screenshot from JP's video so you can see how nice her bracelet looks:

Check out JP's YouTube channel HERE. She has a lot of nice beading videos. Although this particular bracelet pattern is not available, JP sells beading patterns in her Etsy shop HERE.


It's been broken for three days now. I sure hope that they are able to fix it soon. I will continue to add the beadwork photos from my blog to my Pinterest boards and just hope that nothing goes missing.


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