How to Bead a Spiral Rope Bracelet

Written by debbie austin
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Making a spiral rope bracelet is an excellent choice for the beginning beader. The spiral design makes it a stylish accessory. Varying the colours and sizes of beads makes this simple stitch a one-of-a-kind project you will be proud to wear or give as a gift.

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Things you need

  • Beading needle, size 12
  • Nymo beading thread, size D
  • Thread conditioner (optional)
  • Size 11 seed beads, two colours
  • 2 wire guardians
  • Clear nail polish
  • Jump ring
  • Clasp

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  1. 1

    Cut about 5 feet of thread. Thread the needle and condition the thread. This reduces tangling.

  2. 2

    Choose which colour bead will be the centre, or core, and which will be the outside spiral. Insert the needle through four centre beads and three outside spiral beads. Leave about a 6-inch tail.

  3. 3

    Circle around and insert the needle back through the four centre beads in the order you first strung them. Snug up the thread and line up the three spiral beads to the left of the four centre beads. The thread should be coming out of the last centre bead.

  4. 4

    String one centre bead followed by three spiral beads. Circle around again, but this time insert the needle up through the last three centre beads and the new centre bead you just added. Snug up the thread and line up the three spiral beads to the left of the last line of spiral beads.

  5. 5

    Repeat this pattern, adding one centre bead and three spiral beads each time. Circle back through the last three centre beads plus the new one and line up the spiral beads next to and to the left of the last line of spiral beads. Continue until your bracelet is the desired length.

  6. 6

    One easy way to finish off the bracelet is to use wire guardians. Insert the thread through one side of the wire guardian and loop back through the other side. Repeat and tie a knot around the thread. Cut the thread leaving a 3-inch tail. Thread the tail back through a few beads and tie another knot around the thread, trimming the tail close to the knot. Dab a little clear nail polish on both knots. Repeat on the other side of the bracelet. Add a jump ring to the wire guardian on one side of the bracelet and a clasp to the other side.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have trouble threading the small eye of the beading needle, you can use a needle threader or use collapsible eye needles.
  • To determine the length for your bracelet, measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or use a piece of string and then measure the string.
  • For your first project it may be helpful to use a different colour for the centre than for the outside of the spiral.

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