Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial – Slink Stones

Here’s a right angle weave bracelet tutorial for the beaded jewelry piece I call “Slink Stones”. It’s made with one of the most unique and difficult to use beads – gemstone chips.  Gemstone chips are inexpensive and very textural, but they can be difficult to incorporate into finished jewelry.  Here’s a video tutorial for a bracelet done in right angle weave (RAW) that I have titled “Slink Stones”.

(The bracelet style name came about because it has a very slinky feel on the wrist.)

RAW is such a versatile beading stitch, with a variety of looks.  It’s most often seen with a square-ish structure (like the right angle weave earring tutorial).  However, by using gemstone chips and seed beads, RAW takes on a whole new look.

Supplies Needed

Here are the supplies I used in making the bracelet.

  • 16″ strand of gemstone chips; mine are of a gemstone called “autumn jasper”.  I used most of the strand, but had some left over.
  • Size 11 seed beads, around a gram’s worth.
  • Sterling silver toggle clasp.
  • Size 10 beading needle.
  • PowerPro line, 8lb test.
  • Scissors.

A note on the thread; I used PowerPro fishing line for this bracelet since it is rather heavy.  PowerPro is strong, but thin enough to go several passes through the size 11 seed beads.  It also doesn’t stretch.  Fireline or Wildfire can also be used, at 8 lb test.  I do not suggest using anything like nymo, as I can just about guarantee your bracelet will break if you do!

So here you go — the video tutorial for making the “Slink Stones” bracelet. It’s about 26 minutes long, so grab yourself something to drink, put up your feet and relax as you watch.

And as always, if you enjoy the tutorial, I’d appreciate if you click the “Like” button on the sidebar. 🙂

 

 

11 Responses to Right Angle Weave Bracelet Tutorial – Slink Stones

  • Carroll says:

    Enjoyed the video – never done this before. Can you use a light weight beading wire instead of thread? Thanks. Carroll

    • admin says:

      HI Carroll,

      Good question! You might be able to use lightweight beading wire, but you’d have to make sure that the holes on your beads will accommodate at least two passes with the beading wire. You’ll have to be careful with measuring out the beading wire — it would be fairly difficult to add more beading wire on if your length was too short. When I did the bracelet I used about 10 feet, but it could be more or less, depending on the length of your bracelet.

      On the other hand, even if you did come up short, you could add some length to your clasp ends to help make up the difference. 🙂

      Hope you enjoy making your bracelet!

      Gail

  • Beth says:

    Thank you so much! I am just learning the art of beading and your videos are SUPER helpful!!

  • Debi says:

    Gail – This is just what I have been looking for!!!!! Would like to make a matching necklace, too.

    I’m a beginner & don’t have a bead shop here. So, I have to buy my beads at one of the craft store chains.

    Can you tell me about how many chips are on a 16″ strand? How many Size 11 seed beads are in a gram? Where do you get your supplies?

    What was the final length of the bracelet – 7″, 7 1/4″, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Debi

    • admin says:

      Hi Debi,

      Thanks for the questions! The hardest question to answer will be how many chips are in a 16″ strand– the answer I am afraid is “it depends”. By their very nature, each chip is a different size and shape. Then there are some chips that are cut bigger or smaller — example, jasper chips tend to be cut larger than, say, amethyst chips. Unfortunately, there aren’t hard and fast rules when it comes to chips.

      The question as to how many size 11 seed beads are in a gram is a little easier. There are about 120 beads per gram of size 11 seed beads, and around 200 beads per gram of Delicas.

      The final length of my bracelet was about 7″ before the clasp, which added about an inch.

      And as to bead stores — I am lucky enough to have a very large bead store about 20 miles away, but most of the time, I order online. When it comes to seed beads, I think Whimbeads wins, hands down, for the variety — it’s amazing. I like Fire Mountain for gemstone chips. And I am a huge fan of ebay for cabochons and Fireline. (But I also visit my local Jo-ann store on occasion.) In other words, I get my stuff from everywhere, LOL.

      I’m so happy you found my video useful, and appreciate you taking the time to let me know. 🙂

      Gail

  • Marge says:

    What a great tutorial! And it’s free! Thank you for sharing your expertise on this subject. This is a craft that I do not do but my 11 year old granddaughter is now making jewelry and I will forward this to her so she may enjoy it. Thanks again!

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I am glad that you enjoyed the video, and I hope your granddaughter enjoys it as well. 🙂

  • Siobhan Benson says:

    Hi! Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I was given some gemstone chips and didn’t really know how to use them. I’m looking forward to making this beautiful bracelet 🙂
    Thanks again
    Siobhan

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