Always ready for a pretty beading project, but short on time to design and gather materials, the chance to make the Looking Glass Bracelet landed at just the right time! Potomac Beads asked us to select one of their beading kits to review. I loved the simple elegance of the Looking Glass Bracelet made with crystals and seed beads in subtle colors. This pattern gave me the opportunity to try a new technique for me – Right Angle Weave with two needles. The clear instructions and clever design made this bracelet easy to make. The consistent bead sizes are easy to work with and the design can dress up or dress down. I would love to try this pattern with other bead combinations!
Here is how I made mine:
Make the Looking Glass Bracelet using two needles and a variation of Right Angle Weave stitch. Multiple passes with braided beading thread make a strong piece of jewelry for everyday wear or special occasions.
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- Potomac Beads Looking Glass Bracelet Kit by Allie Buchman OR
- Potomac Beads Looking Glass Bracelet Pattern and:
- Approx. 24 6mm faceted round crystals
- Approx. 75 2mm faceted round crystals
- Approx. 2 grams 11/0 seed beads
- Approx. 3 grams 15/0 seed beads
- Braided Beading Thread size .006
- Bead Mat
- Beading Needles Size 11 or 12 (Included in kit above)
- Snips for Braided Beading Thread, such as Xuron 411 Thread & Cord Scissor (Braided beading thread will wear down your nice beading scissors.)
- Thread Zap
- Gather your supplies as listed above.
- Cut a generous 6-foot length of braided beading thread and thread a needle on each end. Crystal color thread can be used right off the spool. If you are using smoke colored Fireline, it has a light graphite coating that can smudge your fingers. Simply run your cut length of smoke thread between a folded tissue or paper towel to remove the residue before beading.
- Set up your beading workspace on a mat that will keep your beads from rolling away. This setup on a velour mat in a small tray works well to keep everything organized.
- Add 1 end of your clasp to 1 of your threaded needles and move the clasp to the center of your thread.
- Place both needles through 1 (one) 11/0 bead and move it along the threads until it is next to the clasp. Then add 2 (two) 11/0 beads to each thread. Your beads will form a "V" shape next to the clasp.
- Pass each needle through 1 (one) 6mm bead in opposite directions, crisscrossing in the middle of the bead. You should have 1 (one) thread exiting each side of the bead.
- Add 3 (three) 11/0 beads to each thread.
- Crisscross through another 6mm bead, pulling the threads taut. You are beginning to form a row of Right Angle Weave.
- Continue adding 11/0 and 6mm beads in this fashion until your desired bracelet length is reached. (Remember to allow for the clasp in this measurement.)
- Add 2 (two) 11/0 beads to one thread. Repeat for the other thread.
- Passing both threads through at once, add 1 (one) 11/0 bead to join the sides.
- Pass one needle through the other end of the clasp, then back through the next 3 beads. Repeat on the other side.
- Add 3 (three) 15/0 beads to each thread.
- On the top side of the bracelet (the side that will show when you wear it), crisscross both threads through 1 (one) 2mm bead.
- Pull threads taut. The 2mm bead will rest above the 6mm bead.
- Add 3 (three) more 15/0 beads to each thread and crisscross through the next 6mm bead. Pull threads taut. You are now adding an embellishment layer of Right Angle Weave.
- Repeat until you reach the other end of the bracelet as shown. You will have 1 (one) thread exiting each side of the last 6mm bead.
- Pass 1 (one) needle through the 2 (two) 11/0 beads on 1 (one) side, then through the single bead next to the clasp. Pass the thread through the clasp and bring the needle back through the single bead, then back through the 2 (two) 11/0s. Repeat for the other thread.
- With 1 (one) of your needles, pick up 2 (two) 11/0 beads and 1 (one) 2mm bead. Pass the needle through the next 3 (three) 11/0 beads on that side of the bracelet and pull taut. The 2mm bead will rest snugly between the sets of 11/0 beads.
- With the same needle, pick up 1 (one) 2mm bead and pass the needle through the next 3 (three) 11/0 beads until the beads fit snugly.
- Repeat for the length of the bracelet. Your thread should be exiting the last set of 3 (three) 11/0 beads on the working side.
- Repeat on the other side of the bracelet, adding 1 (one) 2mm bead between each set of 3 (three) 11/0 beads.
- On 1 (one) needle, add 1 (one) 2mm bead and 2 (two) 11/0 beads. Pass the needle through the next 2 (two) 11/0 beads. Then bring the needle up through the 11/0 bead that is next to the clasp.
- Pass the thread through the clasp and back through the single bead on the other side.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Secure the threads with a square knot close to the bead the threads just exited. Do not cut your threads yet! If you cut too close to the knot, the whole project can come undone.
- Weave the threads through the beads on the sides of the bracelet for an inch or two. You can see a thread exiting the 4th 2mm bead along the side.
- With a Thread Zap or thread burner, burn through the thread close to the bead it exited, taking care that you touch just this thread. The thread burner leaves a cleaner finish that a snipped end that can dangle like fringe.
- With a "zapped" thread end, the precision cut is invisible.
- And here is the finished Looking Glass Bracelet! I love the clasp with the matching crystal!
- Here is a closer view of that pretty clasp.
- From the side, you can see how the 15/0 beads and 2mm crystals weave an embellishment layer on top of the first row of Right Angle Weave.
- Should I wear it with the clasp showing?
- Or turn it to show more of the beading?
- From the back, the Right Angle Weave of crystals and seed beads really shows off.
- Here is my version of the Looking Glass Bracelet with the original pattern.
- Another view with the Looking Glass Bracelet pattern.
- And one more showing the pattern from Potomac Beads.
Potomac Beads has a video tutorial on how to make the Looking Glass Bracelet.
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