Victorian triple cabochon bracelet

Engraved Bali silver accent beads and a trio of sparkling amethyst cabochons recall an era of epic romances and jewelry to match. This bracelet only looks complicated; connecting the cabochons to one another and to the bracelet strands couldn't be simpler.

What You Need

4 Cabochou

11 mm round amethyst cabochons: i • Beads

Seed Reads (approx. 10 grams ol' each color, or number of beads indicated)

Size 1 1" jound, purple transparent

(for base row, edge row, and bracelet) Size I ^ round, metallic silver

(few bezel low and points) Size round, metallic silver (for end of bracelet): ? Other Reads

5 amethyst round beads: 32 •I m n Bali silvei round beads: 2 ,? m n Bali silver spacer beads: 4

• Beading thread, size A, purple

• 3 pieces of under backing material, each 1 ' i inches

• 3 pieces of outer backing material, each I 1 i inches

• Silver toggle clasp, medium

Techniques Used

Bezel: Standard Edya: Pointed

Attachments: Direct and turn bead


1. Using the round amethyst cabochons, create three basic beaded cabochons bv following the instructions in chapter two (page I through step 5, "Head the Basic fcdge." For this project, use JO size 1 Ic purple transparent seed beads for the basic edge on each cabochon.

2. Thread a needle with approximately ? vards

(1 .i>j in) of thread (this technique is worked single-thread). lake one ol the cabochonsand stitch cp through the backings from the back side to the top side, si itching between the base row and the e<lgc row; leave a tail of approximately 9 inches (?2.9 cm). Stitch out through the edge bead.

3« Pick up one S mm amethyst round bead, one 4 mm Bali silver round bead, and another 5 mm ametayst round bead Stitch through the edge I cad of a second cabochon, staving on the top side, dowr through the backings to the back side. Stitch back out through the edge bead and the added amethvsl round and Mali silver beads, then bai.k through the edge bead on the original cabochon. Slav on the top side when stitching through the edge bead. Now stitch down through the backings to the back side (ligurc I).

figure 1

4- Stitch over to the next edge bead, hollowing the instructions for the pointed edge method in chapter three, page 79, stitch on two edge points. Skip the next edge bead by sewing past ii, using a running stitch (illustrated on page 37).Then, following the instructions for the turn bead attachment method in chapter four, page 50, apply three added beads over ihe next four edge beads to create a turn head attach ment. Skip the next edge bead (again, sew past it, using a running stitch). Stitch on two edge points. Skip the next edge bead and stitch on two more edge points. Skip the next edge bead. Use three, added beads over the next four beads to create a turn head attachment. Skip the next edge head and finish the circle with two more edge points (figure 2).

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