About this project
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Well, there wasn't much blue sky to be had this Summer, so we decided to make our own little rays of sunshine! These mandalas are addictive to make. Once you start it's very hard to stop.
You Will Need
- Reasonably Priced
Pass your needle under the threads on one side of the 4mm AB bead.
Going in where you came out, thread back through the rocaille. Pull taught. The rocaille should now be sitting on it’s end. Continue adding rocailles in this way until you are back at the beginning. They should fit comfortably around
without being crowded. Finish off the row by passing the needle down through the first rocaille and up through the last one you added.
Use the same method to make the
second row with ruby rocailles, catching the thread between the beads on the row below to hold. When the second row is complete, weave the needle down through the rocailles and through the central AB bead. Tie your 2 ends together several times. Weave 1 end and then the other through a few rocailles. Trim off any excess.
Make 4 more mandalas in exactly the same way. Then make 5 more but use black rocailles for the central row and ruby rocailles for the outer row.
Make 2 mandalas, in the same way as you did for the necklace, with gold as the central colour and ruby as the outer colour. Then make 2 more with black as the central colour and ruby as the outer colour. The bracelet is assembled in a similar way to the necklace with sections of gold rocailles separating the mandalas and the black rocaille, AB bead and black rocaille sequence. This time use only 10 gold rocailles instead of 20. As before, start with a stop bead. When you have added the last mandala or bead sequence, add just 1 more gold rocaille and make it into a stop bead at the end.
Add a calotte to each end over the stop beads. To do this, simply place the stop bead in the centre of the calotte and, using pliers, press shut.