Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial

Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial

Right angle weave is a classic bead weaving technique, and with the recent boost in seed bead designs we wanted to make sure you know how to execute a right angle weave flawlessly!  It’s a must-know technique for all seed beaders.  Use our Right Angle Weave bracelet tutorial to learn how to do the right angle weave stitch and add embellishments!!  You’ll be an expert in no time.

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You will need:

5mm Swarovski pearls (64)

6mm Swarovski crystal bicones (21)

Size 11 seed beads (2 grams)

Button

Nymo thread

Thread Heaven or wax

Scissors

Size 12 beading needle

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1. Begin with approximately 5 or 6 feet of Nymo thread.  Stretch the entire length of thread and condition it with Thread Heaven or bees wax.  String on four 5mm pearl beads.

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2. Slide them down the thread, leaving a 12 inch tail.  You will need this thread to attach your clasp later.

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3. Circling around, pass the needle through the first three pearls, starting from the tail end.

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4. Pull the string tight, forming a loop. Orient this “loop” to form a diamond shape, with the tail thread at the bottom.

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5. String on three pearl beads.

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6. Slide the beads down the thread.

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7. Pass the needle through the top bead of the diamond formation.

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8. Pull the thread tight, and it will form a new diamond.

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9. Pass the needle through the bead on the right side of the new diamond formation.

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10. Pass the needle through the top bead of the diamond formation. You are now ready to add another diamond formation.

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11. String on three pearl beads.  Slide the beads down the thread, and pass the needle through the top bead of the diamond formation.

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12. Pull the thread tight, and it will form a new diamond.

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13. Pass the needle through the bead on the left side of the new diamond formation.

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14. Pass the needle through the top bead of the diamond formation. You are now ready to add another diamond formation.

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15. Continue adding diamond formations in this manner until you reached the desired length.

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16. When you reach the end, string on one size 11 seed bead and pass the needle through the pearl on the corner.  You may have thread showing with one seed bead – if so you can string 2-3 seed beads instead to fill the space.

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17. String on two seed beads.

18. Pass the needle through the next pearl along the edge of the bracelet.

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19. Continue adding two seed beads between each pearl along the entire edge of the bracelet.

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20. When you get to the end of the bracelet, add one seed bead (or 2-3 if desired) at the corner.

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21. Again, add one seed bead (or 2-3 if desired) on the other corner.

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22. Add two seed beads between each pearl along the other edge of the bracelet.

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23. When the entire bracelet is edged, the thread will again be at the end pearl.

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24. Thread on five seed beads, the button and another five seed beads.

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25. Pass the needle through the end pearl.

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26. Pull the thread tight to make a loop. Tie a knot to secure the thread.  Pass the needle through the loop again as many times as possible, knotting each time.  This process strengthens the loop. Cut off any excess thread.

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27. On the other end of the bracelet, string on enough seed beads to make a loop that fits your button.  This process make take some trial and error, as button sizes may vary.  Pass the needle through the loop again as many times as possible, knotting each time.  This process strengthens the loop.  Cut off any excess thread.

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28. Tie on a new piece of thread, emerging out the end pearl.

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29. String on one seed bead, one 6mm crystal and one seed bead.

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30. Pass the needle through the opposite side of the next pearl.

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31. Pull the thread tight, forming a diagonal crystal embellishment.

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32. String on another seed bead, crystal and seed bead.  Pass the needle through the next pearl to form another diagonal crystal.  Continue adding crystals in this manner until you reach the end of the bracelet.

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33. Tie off the thread carefully, making at least three sets of three knots.  Cut off any excess thread.  The finished bracelet is shown below.

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Voila!!  So beautiful!  We’ll have more fabulous right angle weave tutorials coming over the next couple of months.  Keep practicing this bracelet so you’ll be ready to take your right angle weave to the next level.

Happy Beading!!

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