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Flat Russian-Style Netted Bracelet


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I've lost count of the number of these that I've made. The instructions are written to use two buttons to fasten the cuff, but there's no reason why you can't use a tube clasp (you'll have to fiddle with the length to get it to fit snugly though) or weave a button like I did in the purplish one above, or make a beaded toggle clasp, or whatever. Snaps. Velcro. Magnets. The Power of the Mind. Or not. It's pretty adaptable, and you can use fresh-water pearls with those tiny holes, since the bigger beads (all about 4mm, please) each have only one thread pass. I have seen people use Swarovski bicones, but personally I'd avoid them as they have sharp edges and the thread may curve as it exits the bead hole, rubbing against the sharp edges and eventually breaking. Using something like Fireline may delay breakage, but I'm convinced it's inevitable with sharp-edged crystals. I like to combine different shapes in different finishes in shades of the same colour. I inevitably use fresh-water pearls (potato or rice pearls), fire-polished beads, cube seed beads, round beads, and occasionally size 5 triangle beads (these are the soft-edged triangles). Of course you could happily use all pearls or all fire-polished beads. Once again, I generally choose Czech seed beads for this cuff, but I've seen it made up with Japanese beads, and it's still lovely. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY seed bead weaving bead netting SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Cuff is sewn to fit your wrist, about 1 3/4" wide

Recommended with this pattern

  • Czech size 11 seed bead (1/3 hank)
  • 2 5/8" shank buttons
  • Your favourite beading needle

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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things. I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!