We had a lot of rain last year in southeast Alabama, so I decided to do something fun and easy. This Raindrops free beaded bracelet pattern can easily be done in an afternoon. I am showing it in 2 different colors with 2 different bead size combinations. This is to show that your beads don't have to match mine, exactly; they just need to be in the ballpark. They should be sized relative to each other. For example, in the green bracelet, I found flat cylindrical green beads that fit nicely on both sides of the dark green beads. If the dark green beads were smaller, then those 2 beads would not have worked together.
This allows for flexibility in picking out beads, especially if you are buying the stringed beads from the big box stores like I did for the green bracelet.
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It is a very scary task to try to design a beaded bracelet pattern that is worthy of posting on the internet. There are so many out there! It is hard to come up with something unique and easy, without being so simple that it's boring. I hope you enjoy the pattern. The next post is going to be matching earrings and a necklace, so if you need to buy beads, buy plenty!
Check out my Christina Jewelry Set for another tutorial, this time with seed beads.
Raindrops Bracelet Tutorial
- Bead A - Large round beads 6mm - 10mm. I used 20 beads, if you have large wrists, you might need 24. You can find 8mm lime green beads here.
- Bead B - Rondelles - 6mm - 8mm (rondelles look like squished round beads) I used 10 beads. These 6mm dark green beads would look good with the 8mm lime green beads.
- Bead C - Smaller rondelles or flat shaped beads. These need to fit on either side of Bead B. I used 20 beads. These slate blue beads would work with the dark green beads.
- Bead D - Small bicones - 4mm. I used 20 beads. - These lime green ones would work.
- Seed Beads - depending on the size of your Bead A. For the green bracelet, my Bead A is 10mm and the seed beads are 6/0 and 12/0. For the red/purple bracelet, Bead A is 6mm and the seed beads are all 12/0. I used gold ones like these.
- Stringing material and beading needle of your choice.
With your beading needle, pick up a Bead A, large seed bead, Bead A, large seed bead, Bead A, large seed bead, Bead A, large seed bead, and then go back through the first Bead A to make a circle.
Go back around through all the beads to reinforce. You can also make a knot with the tail to make sure it doesn't fall apart.
Coming out of the first Bead A, pick up a seed bead, Bead C, Bead B, Bead C, seed bead, Bead A, seed bead, Bead C, Bead B, Bead C, seed bead and go back through the Bead A you are coming out of. Go back around the circle 1 and a half times to reinforce, coming out of the top Bead A.
Pick up a seed bead, Bead A, seed bead, Bead A, seed bead, Bead A, seed bead, and then go back through the first Bead A to make a circle.
Continue adding the two types of circles until you have the desired length, leaving room for the clasp. You must finish with a circle of just Bead A's.
Go around the last circle until you are coming out of the Bead A that is shared with the previous circle. * Go through the seed bead, Bead C, Bead B, Bead C. Do NOT go through the last seed bead. See Arrow 1 in the picture on the left. Depending on the size of your beads, you will need 3 or 4 seed beads, a Bead D and then 3 or 4 more seed beads. Measure how many beads it takes to get to the opposite Bead C (see Arrow 2). I used 4 seed beads on both sides of Bead D for both bracelets.
Go through the Bead C (arrow 2) Bead B and Bead C (arrow 3). Pick up 4 seed beads and go through the Bead D. Pick up 4 more seed beads and go through Bead C as indicated by Arrow 4, going through Bead C, D, C and coming out where you started, making a criss-cross.
When you go through the seed bead, you can fill in the space between the 2 seed beads (Arrow 1) by adding a seed bead (arrow 2 in the above picture). Do this on both sides of Bead A.
Repeat from the * above until you get to the end of the bracelet.
Weave around to the last set of 4 Bead A's coming out of either the top or bottom Bead A in the direction of the bracelet. You can either add all seed beads as seen by the top arrow in the picture on the left, or 2 seed beads, a Bead D and 2 more seed beads as seen by the bottom arrow. Go into the Bead B. Add 2 seed beads, a Bead D and 2 more seed beads. Go into the Bead A. Repeat this to the end of the bracelet and on both sides.
Now it's time to add the clasp. Weave around to the last Bead A (either end). Add 3 seed beads, Bead C, Bead B, Bead C, 3 seed beads and the clasp piece (either one). Go back through the 3 seed beads, Bead C, Bead B, and Bead C. Add 3 seed beads and go back through Bead A.
Go back through all the beads to reinforce. When you come out the last 3 seed beads, pick up 2 seed beads and go through the seed bead coming out of Bead A, to fill in this gap. Weave around to the other side and repeat.
Weave around to the other end of the bracelet and repeat this step to attach the other clasp piece.
Weave back around through all parts of the bracelet to reinforce the beads until you are comfortable that everything is secure. The more pieces you have had fall apart, the more rounds that will be.
I hope you enjoy this free seed bead bracelet pattern. This pattern is available in a written tutorial format and is FREE to all Bead Vault members. Bead Vault members can download the tutorial here.
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