How to make a Sexy Pearl Twist Bracelet
History of the Cultured Pearl
Cultured pearls have been cherished for centuries by everyone from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth. They are know as the "Queen of Gems" for it iridescent luster. Ancients believed that pearls came from moondrops falling from the sky that were swallowed by the oysters at the bottom of the ocean and the magical pearl appeared.
Pearls are believed to be able to help someone gain power,love and wealth. The magical powers of the pearl was thought speed up the laws of karma, bring good luck, protect children, bring marital bliss and keep new brides from crying.
Most of the worlds pearl beads are located in the Persian Gulf, the coast of India, Sri Lanka and the Red Sea. Most freshwater pearls come from China. There were freshwater pearl beads along the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio river basins. The Native Americans in these regions, used pearls to adorn their head dresses and jewelry out of them.
Until the 20th century and the discovery of pearl cultivation, they were very expensive, reserved for wealth and nobility. In the dark ages commoners were forbidden to wear them. It was said that jeweler Jacques Cartier purchased the property for his famed store in New York City, with two strands of natural pearls.
There was such a demand for natural pearls that the pearl beds were depleted along the North American coast by the 17th century.
In 1900s the cultivation of pearls began with the invention in Japan by two people Mr. Mise and Mr. Nishikawa of a device called a grafting needle. This instrument is used to insert an irritant into the oyster to produce a pearl. This technique is for making round pearls. The cultured pearls produced at that time used silver and gold beads as the irritant. These didn't produce the best quality pearls. then in 1916 Kokichi Mikimoto discovered that the best irritant tor the oyster is the shell of the U.S Mussel and makes the best quality pearls.
Pearls are made from an irritant bothering the oyster. In nature, this can be anything from a grain of sand to a piece of the oyster's own shell. When the oyster encounters the foreign body, the oyster attempts to get rid of it. When you get something in your eye you rub your eye to get it out. When you rub your eye it tears and washes what's in it out. Since the oyster can't get the irritant out, it covers it with a substance called naere which covers the it and smooths so that it doesn't bother the oyster anymore. This substance builds up on the foreign body creating the pearl and gives the pearl its iridescence.
There are different shapes of pearls. They are round (these are the most common), rice (in the shape of a rice kernel), baroque (irregular shaped) and many more. For this project I used the baroque pearls which are freshwater and dyed.
The fresh water pearls come in more colors than do the salt water pearls. The salt water pearls come in the creams, yellows and pinks. The freshwater pearls can come in a variety of colors such as golds, blues and blacks.
List of Materials
- 3-4 strands of fresh water pearls (any kind or color of your choice)
- 40-50 grams of seed beads size 11 or a mix of size 11, 8 and 6 seed beads with bugle beads. (Seed bead sizes the smaller the number the larger the bead. A size 11 seed bead is smaller than a size 8 or 6 seed bead.)
- Fireline 6 lb test. clear or smoke depending on your color scheme. (Use clear for light colored beads or smoke for darker colored beads.)
- A closure for your bracelet. I used a 12mm rondelle for my closure and a bead loop. You can use an already made closure such as a toggle clasp or any other that you would like.
You may use any color scheme that you would like.
If this is your first beading project, you'll need the basic beading supplies.
- a bead mat or a porcelain divided dish (to place your beads on or in)
- Beading needles I like the John James beading needles the sizes that I use are the 12 and 13. (the larger the number the thinner the needle.) Most bead holes are large enough to accommodate the size 12 and 13 needles.
- Bees wax (Not Thread Magic. This tends to decondition the Fireline) this is to condition the Fireline and make it go through the needle easier.
- Pair of flat nose priors (to flatten out the Fireline and make it easier to go through the needle).
- Scissors and a lighter (to burn the ends of the thread and make it neater.There's a tool called the Thread Zapper. This tool can be found at most bead stores.
Where to get your supplies.
There are many places to get your supplies. For those who don't live in the Greater Southern California area you can by many of your supplies on line. Two of my favorite on line stores are: http://www.firemountaingems.com/ and http://www.artbeads.com. I find these to be the best on line bead stores and they would have between the two the supplies to make the project. They also have live customer service to help you get the supplies that you need. These websites also have tutorials on how to do the basic beadweaving stitches.
For those who live in the Greater Southern California area there are many great bead stores in the area here are some that I like and where I got the supplies to make the bracelet.
The store where I got the pearls is called : JJ Beads in Huntington Beach CA at 7142 Edinger Ave. Phone number 714-848-5626. They have a website which they also sell supplies. They also give classes in store.
This store is where I like to buy my seed beads because they have a large selection and they have a large selection of size 15 seed beads. This store is the San Gabriel Bead Company. It is located at 325 E. Live Oak Ave, Arcadia Ca 91006. Phone number 626-447-7753. They have a website which has only information for store location and hours. You have to go to the physical store to purchase supplies. This store also offers classes and has many books that can help you learn the basics of beadweaving.
Basic Peyote Odd Count Rope
Directions for the Pearl Twist Bracelet
The basis of the Pearl Twist bracelet is the odd count peyote stitch rope. The rope is started with 3 size 11 beads tied into a circle. The rope will spiral with no definite end to a row. What makes the rope twist is the addition of the bigger size 6, 8 seed bead. bugle bead and the pearl. When the bracelet is complete, it will not only twist but spiral. To make the bracelet fuller, the bead mix with size 6, 8, 11 seed beads and bugle beads will be the bead loops.
- First string on 3 size 11 seed beads on to a comfortable length of Fireline (2-3 feet or about an arms length. In the photo, the beads shown are size eight so that they would show up better.
- Tie the beads into a circle.
- Add a bead and go into the next bead and repeat this until you have added 3 beads. This is your second row.
- On this next row the beads should start to form a cup and three beads should be standing up.
- From this point on you will add size 11 beads until your beginning rope is about an inch long.
- Once your rope of size 11 beads is about an inch long on the next row after adding the three size 11 beads, now add a pearl repeat this two more times to the end of the row.
- This next row string one size 6,8 or 11 seed bead or a bugle bead in addition to the pearl. String on the one of those beads above first then the pearl and go into the next bead. Do this two more times. This will be the end of that row. ( This where you'll begin to make the bead loops which give the bracelet it's fullness.)
- Then string on two more of the size 6,8 or 11 seed bead or bugle bead then string on a pearl. Go into the next pearl. Repeat this two more times for the end of the row.
- Add another seed bead whatever size each row for the next two rows until you have a total of 4 loop beads and a pearl. Once you have 4 beads and a pearl continue for until this part of your bracelet is 6.5 inches long.
- Now let's taper down the rope to just the size 11 seed beads we were using at the beginning of the rope. On this next row decrease the loop beads by one on each row until you're down to the pearl.
- Now that the rope is tapered down to the pearl row, on the next row place now a size 11 seed bead until this part of the rope has reached 1 inch.
- After reaching an inch of size 11 seed beads do not add any more beads, just go through the 3 "up"beads about 2-3 times,then catch the thread between the beads, tie a knot, cut and burn excess thread.
- Now attach the closure. As was stated in the beginning, you can sew on any clasp of your choice or you can choose to make the button/ loop closure.
- First sew the button on to one end of your rope. Go through the button 2-3 times so that it is secure and tie it off, weave in the ends. Go to the other end of the rope and attach a thread. String on enough size 11 seed beads to go around the button. Once you have enough beads to go around the button secure the loop by going through it 2-3 times and also going through the end of the rope.
Here are some tips:
- The important thing to remember about making this bracelet is to keep good tension. If you have to pull the thread; pull the thread and not the needle. If you pull on the needle it will break. The needles are made of thin metal and will break easily if too much pressure is applied.
- You'll run out of thread somewhere in the middle of the project 2 or more times depending on the length of thread that you use. When you have about 6 inches left to your thread add new thread. Thread a new needle with a comfortable length of Fireline, weave the thread through several bead loops and rows, leave a 6 inch tail where you enter the beadwork then weave through to where you left off. Take the new thread, catch the old thread, make a loop, thread the needle through the loop making a knot. Don't cut old thread, just continue where you left off.
- When you're beading you'll notice that that there are "up" and "down" beads, go through the "up" beads. The "up" beads will be easier to tell when the rope begins to cup and when you use the pearls.
- Remember when you start with the bead loops, only go into the pearls, not the bead loops.
A Different Twist Bracelet
A Diffrent Twist
This is a variation of the Pearl Twist bracelet is made using seed bead sizes 6,8, 11 and 15 along with 4 mm Cat's eye beads and Japanese 1.5 mm cubes. The technique used is the same as used with the pearls. The starter beads are the size 8 seed beads shown in the photo above when tying the beads together. Using these larger beads, you can see the spiral pattern develop ( the light blue bead will shift position with each row).
When the beads are switched from the dark blue and light blue size 8 bead to the larger size 6 bead the tube not only spirals but begins to twist. The twisting and spiraling of the tube is more evident when the bead loops are added. These bead loops are made using the size 11, 15 seed beads and the cube beads. The bead count in the loop remains four beads per loop but what makes the shape is varing the size of each bead used. For example one bead loop might have all cube beads making the loop larger; for a smaller loop using all size 15 seed beads.
Taper down the bracelet down to 1 large bead then in the next row replace the large bead with 2 dark blue beads and one light blue. This ending and begining is simular to the pearl bracelet. Finish the same as the pear bracelet, not adding a bead, go through the three up beads 2-3 times and then sew on a fastner of your choice.
If you would like a challenge, make the bracelet with no closure like the one in the picture. Instead of not adding a bead at the end. Lay the piece on the table with the ends facing being careful not to twist the bracelet. Go into one of the beads on the opposite end and then into one of the beads on the end that you started on. Pick up a bead on each end until the bead tube is sealed. Remember to make the bracelet a little longer so that you can slip your hand through.
Bead Store Locations
Bead store which carries a large varitey of seed beads including delicas. Pearls crystals and other beading supplies at resonable prices.
A very large bead store with many items including seed beads, beading supplies and books.
Wonderful local bead store has a large variety of beads especially vintage beads. Staff very knowledgeable on beading techniques also gives classes.
Materials for the Another Twist Bangle Braclet
- 40-50 grams of assorted seed beads size 6, 8, 11 and 15. Japaneese cube beads 1.5 mm and 1-2 strands of 4 mm Cat's eye or fiberoptic beads.
- Fireline 6lb test clear or smoke depending on color scheme.
Basic Beading supplies
I purached the size 6 seed beads from Puggy Beads in Long Beach CA. They have a seed bead mixture call sand and the pearl like seed beads. They also have the Cat's eye or fiberoptic beads. They also have an on line store at http://www.pudgybeads.com/
Words of Encoragement
Have fun while making this bracelet. There are many books and web sites that can assist with learning the peyote stitch. I would like to see what you've made by using the ideas in this hub. The bead store websites such as Fire Mountiain and Artbeads have tutorials on their websites that show basic beading stitches. The best suggestion I could give in learning the peyote stitch is to get some really big beads such as pony beads, a yarn needle and some yarn. Pony beads can be found at most craft stores such as Michael's. With these very large beads and yarn, thread path is easy to see.
Beading is a rewarding hobby and it can be profitable too. It can't be repeated too many times HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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