Heart Bracelet Pattern
I designed this pattern after Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith asked if I would like to have a play with some Duracoat delica beads to test their design potential. Delica beads are not new to the market, but the Duracoat finish is. It gives a metallic looking finish that really stays.
The first Duracoat colours of which I was aware were the gold and silver base metals. But now there is a much larger array of colours.
Like many others, I have always had a problem with metal beads that lose their metallic look. Or some discolour as they come into contact with skin oils. I find the Duracoat finish overcomes this problem. So, I love using them!
I was inspired by the colours of the Duracoats as I made this heart bracelet pattern. The gorgeous bright pink provides a great foil for the silver. Then, the colouring immediately made me think of hearts.
I have played with heart designs in Peyote stitch. So, I wanted to try something in brick stitch for this pattern.
I also adapted an older design for a herringbone heart to create a beaded clasp that would create the perfect finish for the bracelet.
Techniques and Materials
You will also be using brick stitch shaping. So, if you want more of a guide to that, you can find a free tutorial here.
You will make the heart toggle separately, using Herringbone with mixed bead sizes. Then attach this clasp at the end.
The Heart bracelet pattern includes a mix of step-by-step diagrams and photos to guide you through the instructions. This uses fairly basic techniques, so even if you are not terribly experienced, this is a project that you can still enjoy.