Beaded jewelry – American spiral

Hi, my dear friends!!

Today we’ll make one necklace like this one:

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If you like it, let’s start!!!!

This is one more spiral, also called American spiral. Maybe from the first sight it’s very difficult to make, but it doesn’t 🙂

The original material, you’ll find here.

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Cut a length of thread that’s comfortable for you to use.

String on 4 core beads (Black) and 3 outer beads (White). Go back up through (from the bottom) the 4 core beads in the same direction, so that the white beads are lying alongside the black ones. Be sure to leave about a 6″ tail to string your clasp on later.

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Pick up 1 core and 3 outer beads. Go back up through 3 of the core beads you added previously, and push the beads to the side so that they are lying next to the other white beads.

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Now, holding the white beads to one side, go through the last core bead you added.  You may wish to go through this bead at the same time you’re going through the 3 previous beads, but I think it’s easier this way.  After doing it for a while, you’ll find your own way that’s easiest for you.  🙂

This is the hardest part of the stitch…. there’s not much to hang on to yet, but it gets easier…..I promise!

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Keep adding beads in this manner….. 1 core, 3 outer, and going through 3 of the previous core beads and the new one you add. Be sure to always push the outer beads over in the same direction, so they are lying snug against each other.

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And that’s it!  The outer beads will start to spiral around the core beads after about the 4th set.

Keep going until it’s the length you want for a bracelet or necklace, attach your clasp and sit back and admire your handiwork!
After you feel you have this stitch down, try using different sizes of beads. You could use all size 11.0 beads, or you could use size 8.0 for the core, with 4 bead sets on the outside. Try using a tiny tim for the 2nd bead in the 3 outside bead set, or even a gemstone chip!

Some more examples of American spiral you can find here.
And of course some more offers, where you can find more information and ideas: Beaded Jewelry The Complete Guide and 25 Beaded Knits: Fun Projects and Fashionable Designs to Wear Using Beads, Buttons, and Sequins.

If you have some questions, don’t hesitate and write to me!

See you next time!!

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