DRAGONFLY BANGLES

copyright 2015 Deborah Roberti

Dragonfly Bangles

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for links to beads used in the photo above and more color combinations.

MATERIALS
(for a 7-inch bracelet, not including clasp)
• 2-3 yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 130-150 size 11/0 seed beads
• About 32-36 size 4mm fire-polished beads
• About 7-9 SuperDuo beads
• About 28-36 MiniDuo beads
• About 8-10 Czech two-hole beads (Czechmates tile and brick beads, Rulla beads or more SuperDuo beads work best)
• clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with 2-3 yards of FireLine (or start with a length that you feel comfortable with and add more later).

Leaving about a 10-inch tail for attaching the clasp, string three seed beads, a two-hole bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead and a SuperDuo bead:

String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go down through the left hole of the two-hole bead that you just strung. String a seed bead. Grab your tail thread and tie a tight double knot:

Step 2: Go back around and up through the three seed beads, the right side of the two-hole bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bottom hole of the SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 3: Go around and through the top hole of the SuperDuo bead that you just exited (highlighted in RED):

Step 4: String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a two-hole bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead.

Go around and down through the left side of the two-hole bead that you just strung. String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go across through the top hole of the SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 5: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 6: String two MiniDuo beads.

Go down through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the left side of the two-hole bead below highlighted in RED. Continue around and up through the right side of this same two-hole bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 7: String two MiniDuo beads.

Go up through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the right side of the two-hole bead above (highlighted in RED).

Continue around and down through the left side of this same two-hole bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String a seed bead. Go down through the outside hole of the MiniDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String a seed bead. Go down through the outside hole of the next MiniDuo bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 10: String a seed bead. Go down through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the left side of the two-hole bead below highlighted in RED. Continue around and up through the right side of the two-hole bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 11: String a seed bead. Go up through the outside hole of the MiniDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 12: String a seed beads. Go up through the outside hole of the next MiniDuo bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 13: String a seed bead. Go up through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the right side of the two-hole bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the bottom hole of the SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 14: Go around and through the top hole of the SuperDuo bead that you just exited (highlighted in RED):

Step 15: Repeat Step 4 to Step 14 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a half-inch and the length of your clasp. See the “NOTE” on Step 26 on how to make your bangle longer without adding an additional Dragonfly motif:

Step 16: String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead, a seed bead, a two-hole bead and four seed beads.

Go around and down through the left side of the two-hole bead that you just strung. String a seed bead, a fire-polished bead and a seed bead. Go across through the top hole of the SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 17: Go back around through the beads that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 18: String two MiniDuo beads.

Go down through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the left side of the two-hole bead below (highlighted in RED). Continue around and up through the right side of this same two-hole bead, the seed bead, the fire-polished bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 19: String two MiniDuo beads.

Go up through the seed bead, the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the right side of the two-hole bead above (highlighted in RED). Continue around and down through the left side of this same two-hole bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 20: String a seed bead. Go down through the outside hole of the MiniDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String a seed bead. Go down through the outside hole of the next MiniDuo bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 22: String a seed bead. Go down through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead and the left side of the two-hole bead below (highlighted in RED). Continue around and up through the right side of this same two-hole bead, the seed bead and the fire-polished bead highlighted in RED:

Step 23: String a seed bead. Go up through the outside hole of the MiniDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 24: String a seed beads. Go up through the outside hole of the next MiniDuo bead (highlighted in RED):

Step 25: String a seed bead. Go up through the fire-polished bead, the seed bead, the right side of the two-hole bead and the two seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 26: To attach one end of the clasp, string a seed bead.

Go through the clasp and then back down through the seed bead that you just strung:

NOTE: If you need to make your bracelet a bit longer but find that adding another Dragonfly motif will make it too long, string a fire-polished bead and a seed bead—instead of just a single seed bead—in this step. Go through the clasp and then back down through the seed bead and the fire-polished bead that you just strung:

Step 27: Go around through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 28: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the clasp several times:

Weave back into the bracelet, knot in several places and then cut your thread.

Step 29: To attach the clasp to the other end of your bracelet, thread your needle with the tail thread from Step 1.

Go up through the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Repeat Steps 26-28.

 

Beads Used in Photo Above:


Purple/Silver:
• About 150 size 11/0 seed beads: Czech #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• About 36 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Iris Purple
• About 19 SuperDuo beads: Full Labrador
• About 36 MiniDuo beads: Luster Opaque Amethyst

Red/Gold:
• About 150 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
• About 34 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Magic Wine
• About 8 SuperDuo beads: Crystal Bronze Pale Gold
• About 32 MiniDuo beads: Magic Wine
• About 9 Czech two-hole Rulla beads: Apollo Ruby

Teal/Bronze:
• About 130 size 11/0 seed beads: Toho #1703 Gilded Marble Turquoise
• About 30 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Persian Turquoise - Bronze Picasso
• About 7 SuperDuo beads: Moon Dust Turquoise
• About 28 MiniDuo beads: Transparent Bronze
• About 8 Czech two-hole Czechmates tile beads: Persian Turquoise Moon Dust

Beige/White:
• About 150 size 11/0 seed beads: Toho #1705 Gilded Marble Brown
• About 34 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Czech Luster-Opaque Champagne
• About 8 SuperDuo beads: Chalk Travertin Dark
• About 32 MiniDuo beads: Dark Bronze
• About 9 Czech two-hole beads Czechmates brick beads: Opaque Light Beige Picasso

You can find many more color combinations at the RedPandaBeads.com Gallery of Color Suggestions. Click HERE or on the photo below: