NORTHERN STAR BRACELET
- 7/0 Matubo beads "Opaque Navy Silver Picasso"
- 8/0 seed beads Toho "Frosted Antique Silver" (566)
- SuperDuo beads "Chalk Silver" aka "Jet Old Silver"
The "Northern Star Bracelet" is a free pattern by Nela Kábelová that you can download from the BeadSmith site HERE. The pattern features Matubo beads which come in sizes 6/0, 7/0 and 8/0. This pattern uses the 7/0 beads which are quite large. Because of the large seed beads, the bracelet comes out rather chunky with a very solid but flexible feel. It's quite easy to make but you do have to make each motif separately and connect the motifs as you go along. The netting is added later once the motifs are all connected. There is no need to add a loop for the clasp with this design because the Matubo beads on the ends are perfect for attaching jump rings.
I did make a couple of changes. The pattern calls for some 11/0 seed beads to go between the Matubo beads in the netting. I found that the netting came out too loose with the smaller beads so I used more of the same 8/0 beads that are used elsewhere in the bracelet and they fit perfectly. I also finished off the ends of the bracelet by adding 8/0 seed beads where the pattern leaves the SuperDuo beads with their holes empty. I didn't see any reason for leaving them open like that so I made the last two motifs match the others.
You will need at least 8 grams of the Matubo beads and approximately 6 yards of either Nymo D thread or FireLine to make this bracelet. I started with 4 yards of thread and that was enough to make the first six motifs. I used about two more yards to make the seventh motif and then to add the netting between the motifs. Seven motifs will fit a 6 1/2-inch wrist size so you may need a couple more grams of Matubo beads for a longer bracelet.
You can get all of the beads needed to make a bracelet in this colorway from SupplyEmporium on Etsy. Readers of my blog can get 15% off orders over $30 by using the coupon code: 15BLOG. You'll find links to all of the beads in my supply list at the top of this post. You can also buy the all of the beads that I used as a bead kit HERE. The pattern is not included in the kit so you will need to download it from the link above.