A daisy chain is a popular beading stitch you can use to create a seed bead flower bracelet. The daisy chain is a repetitive design that you can alter by using different coloured seed beads as long as they are the same size. Seed beads are available in a variety of sizes from the largest, size 6/0, which resemble plastic pony beads, to 15/0, which are so tiny that you'll need flimsy, 30-gauge beading wire to work the stitch. Glass seed beads are round or cylindrical and are sold in containers with uniform sizes and colours.
Cut a 24-inch strand of 26-gauge beading wire. Thread the length of wire through the eye of a size 10 beading needle. Pull the wire 10 inches through the eye. The 10-inch length is the tail. The tail will feed into the working wire as you stitch the daisy chain.
Thread one size 11 seed bead to within 6 inches of the end of the working wire as a stop bead. It takes at least three separate colours of seed beads to make a daisy chain bracelet, but you can use more if you like. Colour A is the colour of the flower petals; include as many coloured petals as you like. Colour B is the centre colour of bead in the daisy flower and colour C is the colour for the leaves in the bracelet. The colour of the stop bead can be your choice of petal colours.
Loop the needle and wire around and back through the stop bead twice to anchor the bead on the wire. Pull the wire taut.
Thread four A colour beads, half of the bracelet clasp and four more A beads over the needle and wire to the stop bead. Skip the stop bead. Pass the needle back through all eight A beads, exiting the first of the eight beads you just added. Pull the wire taut to form a circle.
Thread on one colour B bead and three colour A beads. Pass the needle back through the B bead and the first A bead on the circle.
Thread on three colour A beads. Pass the needle through the first A bead added in Step 5. Pull the wire taut. Notice that the beads form the shape of a daisy.
Thread on one colour C colour bead, two A beads and a C bead. Pass the needle through the first two colour A beads in the daisy flower, the first colour C bead and the first colour A bead that you added in this step. Pull the wire taut. This pattern is the leaf design of the bracelet. Your beading needle should be exiting between two colour A beads.
Repeat Steps 5 through 7 to make beaded daisy flowers until you reach the desired length of the bracelet. Finish the piece with a loop of eight seed beads that includes the remaining section of clasp in the centre, as in Step 4. Pass the needle through the beads in the circle several times to anchor the end wire. Cut the excess wire.
Things you need
- 26-gauge beading wire
- Wire cutters
- Size 10 beading needle
- Size 11 seed beads, 3 colours
- Bracelet clasp