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I’ve been wanting to bezel something for quite some time now because I’m fascinated with the technique – “how come it doesn’t just slip out?” 8| – but until now I hadn’t dared try it because it looks so sophisticated and delicate. But I’ve got to say: It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

In Bead & Button’s Creative Beading Vol. 8, there’s a pattern for a bracelet in diagonal right-angle-weave. The technique works up rather quickly and gives the RAW bracelet straight edges. Genius!

The bracelet in the book uses pearls, I made mine with sparkly chocolate-colored beads (that were totally irregularly shaped, even though they’re by Pracht which is a company known for high quality rocailles). For the clasp, I bezeled my first stone! It was one I had bought in South Lake Tahoe during our last vacation.

Armband
I started the bezel with a row of right-angle-weave and continued with a couple of rows in peyote. Piece of cake, really! I will probably try one in all peyote at some point, but I don’t see how that would improve upon the whole thing. The stone was all bezeled, snug and secure in no time and it looks as though I knew what I was doing! It’s all nice and smooth and round and a lovely, old-fashioned-like piece of jewelery.
I used different chocolate-colored rocailles for the bezel because the ones I used for the bracelet were simply too irregular. The inner peyote row is done in shiny black rocailles one size smaller. The black ones were by Rayher, also very, very irregular in size, but I simply picked the ones that fit the respective gaps the best, and all is well.

Bezeled Stone

I had run out of Nylon thread a while ago and done some stuff with dental floss instead of beading thread while I was waiting for my new supplies to be delivered. For this bracelet, however, I used polyester sewing-machine yarn. It was a bit thick and it was difficult to get it to go through the beads more than twice. I broke my last big eye needle, my needle threader and two regular beading needles in the process of making this bracelet. On top of that, one of our cats ate a piece of the yarn and had to spend a night and a day at a pet clinic – these things can end badly! Thank goodness, he is okay and got rid of the yarn the way nature intended and didn’t need to be operated on.

before assembly

So you see, this one gave me a run for my money, but I think it was worth some of the trouble. 😉

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