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Midnight Sky Cuff Bracelet – bead embroidery tutorial

Midnight Sky Cuff Bracelet – bead embroidery tutorial

Article from guest blogger and beader Zuzi Hake for Erika Sandor – The Storytelling Jeweller.

Holiday season is usually time when I make luxurious and glam jewelry. It goes easily if you’re having material to love and create from. I chose very special leather finish to play the main part of this bracelet that reminds me of night sky full of stars with all the sparkle. It really doesn’t need rich decoration as it makes all the magic. This bracelet is special piece to shine on your wrist everytime you wear it!

I have a very tiny wrist, but love to wear bracelets. Metal cuffs doesn’t really work for me, but there is nothing wrong to use it if it’s your personal preference. I decided to use leather and ultra suede instead of base, supported it with cardboard paper in the middle.

What will you need to make this bracelet?

Material list

Tools

  • 0.12 mm Fireline,
  • beading needle,
  • glue (I used E-6000 or F-6000),
  • bead mat,
  • sharp scissors,
  • ruler,
  • cardboard paper. (I used lasagne box)

Useful links and tutorials:

How to make the bracelet?

Tutorial

    1. Bezel the 27mm round stone with peyote stitch. I used 66 pieces of 11/0 delica beads (68 is also possible, if you have different coating). I beaded 2 rows of delicas, then 2 rows of 15/0 seed beads to create the “cup” for stone. I continued with beading back of the bezel with 4 more delica rows and 3 rows of 15/0.
    2. Draw your bracelet base to leather and cardboard, mark the centre on both. Leather has metallic crinkle effect so I made my lines on the back of it. 
    3. I cut the little cross on my leather to mark the centre, so I could place bezeled stone correctly in the middle and sew it on the leather.
    4. I used Delica beads in 5th row to sew through and attach the bezel to leather. Continue sewing and tie double know when you finish.
    5. Decorate the bezel with 3mm firepolished beads with using backstitch. Pick new beads in pairs and then sew through them.
    6. Attach Preciosa rhinestone cupchain. Stich goes always between 2 rhinestones. Don’t cut the chain in advance, lenght you use depends from thread tension, space between rhinestones, angle you make when sewing, etc. Wait until the end of this step and then make a cut.
    7. If needed, use the glue for last and first of the rhinestones so they remain fixed.
    8. Glue together leather, cardboard paper (or other filling) and the Ultra Suede backing. Exact lines at cardboard will fit into the leather. I kept Ultra Suede a bit larger on sides since I formed my cuff with hands, therefore I could comfortably cut the right size after the glue dried.
    9. Cut the backing.
    10. Connect all 3 layers by making edge with simple delica row. It starts with 2 beads, you stich back through the second bead and continue adding single bead until the very end. (See Traveller series for more details about edges.)
    11. Find the middle of the bracelet on side. It was bead no. 14 and 15 for me at both ends. I decided to use O+T clasp, but you can use any that you like or prefer more than this. I added 5pcs of 15/0 seed beads, repeated the thread path 2-3 times and continued through delicas on the edge for making knot and hiding the fireline.
    12. Enjoy your new bracelet and share it with us in Storytelling Beading Club!

Comments (10)

  1. Thank you ladies! I’m so happy to read all your feedback, seeing you getting inspired! I will add more pictures showing the details you asked about 🙂 Enjoy reading/beading and feel free to contact me if you have more questions <3

    Zuzi Hake
    Jan 13, 2021 Reply
  2. Great article Zuzi. I love sparkling anything so this is fabulous to me. Would love to see a picture on your wrist and a pic of the closed clasp!!! Congratulations!

    Vania Jacobs
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  3. Can’t wait for my Advent goodies to have more choices of leather and ultra suede to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    Diane Sawczyn
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  4. Zuzi ďalšia nádherná radosť !!! Je skvostný, ja mám mierne zábrany ukončiť brošnu/prívesok – obsutie okraju korálkami. Dúfam že sa čoskoro do toho pustím.

    Ludmila
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  5. This is amazing! Thank you very much for sharing the idea and the steps! 🙂

    Katalin Dudas
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  6. Zuzi, you have come up with another winner. The metallic leather is the perfect background for this dramatic and simple cabochon. Thank you for what you do for Erika and us.

    Linda (Illaya) Brown
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  7. Thank you Zuzi for showing your wonderful bracelet and the beading advices.

    Mirjam
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  8. Dear Zuzi, the bracelet looks fabulous and you always come up with new ideas to share with us, which is very sweet of you. Thank you so much!

    Aniko Hesz
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  9. That is such a lovely bracelet Zuzi! Not hard to do, and such a great impact with that sparkly leather!

    Shirley Moore
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply
  10. Oh, my! Zuzi, it looks amazing! Thank you so much for all the energy and time you put into it and for sharing it with us! 🙂

    Anita Schackmann
    Jan 12, 2021 Reply

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