Banded Right Angle Weave Ring Tutorial

Banded Right Angle Weave Ring Tutorial

Last up in our right angle weave tutorial series is our Banded Right Angle Weave Ring.  This month we’ll teach you a variation on the classic right angle weave stitch using two working strands instead of one!  Two-strands can work up a little faster than one, but it isn’t always as stable or secure.  If you’re using this two-strand variation, make sure you feel comfortable with your stitching and that you are using a secure thread.  We’ll also teach you how to add multiple rows with this two strand variation and how to stitch the ends together to form a ring.  Before diving in, practice your right angle weave basics with our Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial, our Multi Row Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial, and our Embellished Right Angle Weave Earring Tutorial.

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You will need:

4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, color A (13+)

4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, color B (13+)

4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, color C (13+)

4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, color D (13+)

Size 8 seed beads (approximately 40)

Fireline/illusion cord (3 feet)

Scissors/thread clippers

Beading needle

GS Hypo Cement (red)

Ring sizer (optional)

Ring mandrel (optional)

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1. Start by separating out your beads into the four different colors that will be used for the four strands.  Pull out one crystal from each of the four color groups and set it aside for later. Determine which of the crystals will be color A (purple), color B (teal), color C (yellow), and color D (blue). String one color A crystal, one seed bead and one color B crystal and slide it to the middle of the Fireline.

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2. Criss-cross both strands through one seed bead.

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3. Pull the thread tight.  It’s important to pull the thread tight in every step!

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4. Thread one color A crystal on one thread and one color B crystal on the other thread, making sure each side matches the previous crystal.

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5. Criss-cross both strands through one seed bead.

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6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have only one of each of those two colors left in your piles (not including the crystals you set aside in step 1, which will be used to close up the seam). You can adjust for size by reducing the number of crystals you use. Make sure you are pulling tight and that your colors are matching up.

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7. Once you get to the last of each of those two colors, string your last color A crystal and one seed bead onto the side that has your other color A crystals.   Remember, this is NOT the crystal you set aside in step 1!

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8. Criss-Cross your ends through your last color B crystal.

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9. Pull the threads tight.

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10. Now you should have one end going toward the rest of your beads and one end going away from the rest of your beads. Take the end that is going away from the rest of your beads and string one seed bead and one color C crystal.

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11. Criss-cross your ends through a seed bead.

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12. Pull the thread tight.  This sets you up to stitch a new row.

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13. Now string the end closest to the rest of the ring through the nearest color B crystal (shown in red).

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14. On the other end, string a color C crystal.

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15. Criss-cross your ends through another seed bead.

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16. Repeat steps 13-15 until you only have one color C crystal left.

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17. Once you are down to only one color C crystal, string the end of the illusion cord closest to the rest of the ring through the last B crystal and add a seed bead.

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18. Criss-cross both ends through the last C crystal.

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19. Pull the thread tight.  Now you should have one end going toward the rest of your beads and one end going away from the rest of your beads.

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20. Take the end that is going away from the rest of your beads and string one seed bead and one color D crystal.

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21. Criss-cross your ends through a new seed bead.

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22. String the end closest to the rest of the crystals up through a C crystal. String the other end through a D crystal.

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23. Criss-cross both ends through a seed bead.

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24. Repeat steps 22-23 until you have used up all your D crystals.

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25. After you have added all your D crystals and criss-crossed through a seed bead, you have one strand going toward your D crystals and one strand going toward your C, B, and A crystals. On the strand that is going toward your D crystals, string the additional D crystal that we had set aside earlier and go up through the seed bead on the opposite end of your band (the one in between the D and C crystals on the other side of the rows). You need to go up the seed bead toward the C crystals.

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26. Pull tight to pull the two ends together.  This is how we stitch together the edges of the ring to form a band.

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27. Criss-cross through the remaining C crystal.

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28. Pull the thread tight.

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29. String each end up through the nearest seed bead, toward the B crystals.

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30. Criss-cross through the remaining B crystal.

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31. Pull the thread tight.

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32. String each end up through the nearest seed bead, toward the A crystals (as shown in red).

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33. Criss-cross through the remaining A crystal.

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34. Pull the threads tight.

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35. Weave the ends through the beads to secure the ring. Once the ring feels secure, tie a double knot with the ends.  Glue the knot with GS Hypo Cement.  After the glue has dried, cut off the remaining ends and wear proudly.  The finished ring is shown below:

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Thank you for joining us on our right angle weave series.  Now you know how to do a basic right angle weave stitch, add an embellishment on top, stitch multiple rows of right angle weave, add embellishments on the sides, work a two-strand variation, stitch multiple rows with two strands, and combine ends together to form a ring – so much versatility between those skills!  What series do you think we should do next?

Happy Beading!!

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