Figure 2

and third cubcs in the previous row (figure 2, a-b). Sew back through the two new cubes, and sew through rhe second cube again, so they sir side by side (b-c). Continue across the row in brick stitch (Basics), so you have six cubes in the second row (c-d).

[3] Continue working in brick stitch as in step 2 to complete three more rows, each one cube shorter than the row before. The final row has three cubes (figure 3). End the tail (Basics), but not the working thread.

[4] Repeat steps 1-3 to make a second triangle.

Inner strands

[1] Thread a needle on each end of a 48-in. (1.2 m) length of Dandy Line or Fireline, and center a color C II*' seed bead on the thread. Using one needle at a time, sew down through an end cube bead in the first row of the triangle (figure 4).

[2] Set the outer strand aside. On the other strand, string a mix of 8,J and 11-secd beads in colors A-l:, 3 mm fire-polished beads, and cube beads until the strung section is IS in. (46 cm) long. For example: I in. (2.5 cm) Cs, three Es, a B, five Ds, an A, a 3 nun, an A,

'A in. (6 mm) Ds, an A, a cube, an A, Yi in. (1.3 cm) Ds, an A, a 3 mm, an A, Vi m. (1.3 cm) Ds, a B, and four Es, repeated with variations in the lengths of segments and the exact placement of beads. Repetition and grouping beads of the same color creates the wave pattern. Attach a stop bead (Basics) to the end of the strand, and set aside.

[3] Repeat step I with a second thread, bur this time sew down through the end cube in the second row of the triangle and the second cube in the first row. String both strands to roughly match the first, and attach a stop bead. Repeat twice more to add beads to rhe end cubes on rhe third and fourth row of rhe triangle, with two strands exiting each cube in the first row.

[4] Add strands to the first, second, and third row on the other side of the triangle, leaving one end of the fourth row empty. String the inner five strands to roughly match rhe strands m steps 2 and 3, and set the outer strand aside. There should be 12 inner strands total.

Outer strands

[1J On an outer strand, string an 1 a 3 mm bugle bead, an l lu, a bugle, an I lu, a bugle, an 1an A. a rondelle, and a A. Repeat until the strand reaches 22 in. (56 cm), changing the color of the I l"s as desired, and substituting 3 mm fire-polished beads for some of the rondelles. Secure the end of the strand with a stop bead.

[2] String the remaining outer strand to match the first.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

Be creative with your togglo. I couldn't find a single stick pearl that fit my ring, so I searched for other elements to make my own eye-catching toggle. I chose a gemstone ring and a Vintaj brass component. Think about using wood, glass, metal, or gemstone rings, and be creative when searching for the bar. A large toggle clasp would work great for this necklace as well. I also had a hard time finding a head pin long enough to make a nice-looking wrapped loop around my ring, so I chose to hang my art bead from a loop of seed beads instead. - Lesley

Second triangle attachment

As you attach the strands to the second triangle, check each inner strand to make sure it does not cross over another strand and it is the same length as rhe strands already attached, and add or remove beads as necessary. Set the outer strands out of the way, start with rhe outermost inner strand on one side of the triangle, and work to the other side.

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^ FIGURE 5

^ FIGURE 5

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