Using Swarovski Montees
If you are not familiar with these beads, Swarovski Montees are basically tiny Swarovski crystals that have been mounted into a metal base. The base has a criss-cross hole structure which allows for some interesting thread paths and also creates a very secure fastening. Swarovski Montees add some really chic sparkle to a project.
For this bracelet design, I wanted to complement the square shape of the Swarovski Montees. I was also interested in making them the ‘star’ of the project, set against Duracoat metallic finish that is very durable. Their thread path also made them perfect for mounting on Quadra Tile beads, so this was another big idea with which I was keen to experiment. I completed the bracelet with a square shaped beaded clasp and the bracelet length can be adjusted to fit any size of wrist. Swarovski Montees are sold in good-sized packs, but of course they use Swarovski crystal, so they are not the cheapest of materials. Therefore I created the design so that it can be made with the same number of Montees for any wrist size, but the clasp design will allow for adjusting to a larger wrist…or if you prefer, you can just splash out on more Montees for added sparkle!
You are going to be working in Peyote stitch and also basic herringbone. If you need any help with the techniques, in addition to the detailed instructions, you can find some free tutorials to download from this website to help you out. This pattern is suitable for intermediate level or above. The techniques are not too challenging, but it does require some skill and good tension to ensure that the bracelet design sits as it is intended. The end result is a sparkly, classy bracelet that is fabulous for a special evening out.