Russian Spiral Gets Reversed! Russian Spiral Video Tutorial

Reverse Russian Spiral BraceletsI’m sure what I call a Reverse Russian Spiral has another name, but it really is just a pattern variation, as opposed to a brand-new stitch.   I called it a reverse spiral some time back, and the name stuck for me.

What’s Different?

In a regular Russian Spiral, the various colors all spiral one way up the rope — they all go in the same direction (typically clockwise).  In the reverse method, one of the colors spirals clockwise, and the others counter-clockwise.

So…same stitch, different look.  😀

Video Tutorial

In the video tutorial, I show you how to make the purple bracelet.  I alos explain the differences between the purple and the blue bracelet.  But first, a little about the supplies.

You will need the following for the purple bracelet:

  • Silver 4mm cube beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Permanently galvanized silver seed beads, size 8:  About 5 or 6 grams.
  • Light purple (orchid) opaque size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Dark purple matte size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Purple iris size 11 seed beads:  About 5 grams.
  • Amethyst-colored 4mm fire polished beads:  2
  • Size 11 beading needle; you can use a size 10 or 12, if you prefer.
  • Thread:  I used Fireline; you can use 6lb or 8 lb.  Or, you could also use a thread like One-G or K-O.
  • Clasp of your choice; I used a round silver magnetic clasp.

Now, all you need to do is kick back and watch the video!

2 Responses to Russian Spiral Gets Reversed! Russian Spiral Video Tutorial

  • Dona says:

    Hi, I would like to know how to determine the length of the beading thread when making a Russian spiral necklace. I started one but have had to add thread to continue the necklace. The knots don’t want to go through the seed beads. Please help!!

    Thx, Dona

    • admin says:

      Hi! The best advice I can give is to use the longest length of thread you are comfortable with. I usually work with 6 feet of thread at a time. I can usually get 6 or so inches out of 6 feet.

      Now as to your situation of knots not going through your seed beads. I usually use Toho seed beads, and their holes are pretty generously sized. But, if you don’t have any Tohos, your best bet is to make sure your knots are pulled snugly, and drop down your needle size when going through the tight beads. Hope this helps!

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