Berry Bead Bubble Bracelet

Miyuki Berry beads set the stage for style and charm with this sweet and simple bracelet. Using right-angle weave you will create a ribbon of bubbles fastened together with a button clasp. These dainty bracelets look beautiful in a variety of color combinations. The berry shape appears to be floating just above the wrist due to their bubbly silhouette. Berry beads have the playful shape of a peanut with a hole at the narrow center section of the bead. Each bead measures 2.5 x 4.5mm. When the Berry beads are strung they nest together in an interlocking pattern. When stitched they create the most unexpected effervescent droplets.

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning

Materials:
BB-2008: Matte Metallic Patina Iris Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
BB-4202: Duracoat Galvanized Gold Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
11-4202: 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Gold Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
505-016: Gold Embroidery Scissor
CLBD-GO: C-lon Gold Beading Thread Size D
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
194-002-G: 15mm Flower of Life Button Gold - 1 button

If you haven't worked with right angle weave before or need a refresher on how to begin, check out our page on right angle weave for instructions.

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
1. Pull out a comfortable length of thread to work with (approx. 3-4 ft.) and string on four beads. There is no need to cut the thread from the bobbin as right angle weave can be worked in either direction.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
2. Make a loop by stringing back through one or more beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
3. Pull the thread so the beads fit snugly together. Work you thread around as necessary so your working thread is exiting a gold berry bead.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
4. Add three beads to your working thread.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
5. Create a loop by stitching back through the opposite end of the bead that your thread is exiting. This will secure the new beads to the original loop.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
6. In this image you can see the shape of the berry beads as they lay on their sides. Notice the outline of the “peanut” shape. As you tighten your thread the beads will fit snugly into place.You will now be looking at the tip of each Berry bead.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
7. Cinch together the newly added beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
8. Work your thread over two beads so that it will be in the correct position to add your next group of beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
9. Add three more beads and attach them by looping back through the bead the working thread is exiting.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
10. Continue working in right angle weave until this first row of your bracelet has reached the desired length. The button closure we will use does not add significant length. If you decide to use a different type of clasp you will need to account for the length it will add to your finished bracelet. (Note: We have rotated the beadwork 90º to the right for the remaining steps.)
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
11. Once this length is reached you will bring your needle and thread into position to begin adding the second row of the bracelet. To do this stitch around so that the thread is exiting the first berry bead on the top of the row of beads. Add three beads and pull the thread tight to secure.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
12. Work your thread over and up one bead so it is exiting the gold berry bead on the top left of the new group of beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
13. Add two beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
14. Secure to the bracelet by stitching into the top of the green berry bead from your first row.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
15. Continue to stitch up through the gold berry bead that the thread was exiting to create a loop with the newly added beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
16. Work your thread over in preparation for adding the next round of beads by stitching in a counter clockwise motion through the loop of beads you just added.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
17. Continue to stitch until you exit the left most gold Berry bead in that loop.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
18. Now bring your thread back into the original row of beads by passing through the next bead (green) and out the other side. You should now be in position to add the next beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
19. Add two more beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
20. Attach to the bracelet by stitching through the gold berry bead to the right from the previous bead addition. Continue to stitch through the green berry bead that the thread was exiting at the start of this bead addition.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
21. This will form a loop with the newly added beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
22. Pull snug to secure into place.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
23. Stitch up through the gold berry bead.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
24. Add two beads.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
25. Loop around by stitching into the top of the green berry bead from your first row.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
26. Continue to stitch counter clockwise by going through the gold bead adjacent to the green berry bead.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
27. To complete this step you will again bring your thread back into the original row of beads by passing through the closest green bead in that row.

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
28. Continue to work in right angle weave, adding additional rows until you reach five (or your desired width) Now use size 11/0 seed beads in a matching color to attach your button. Be sure to test the size making sure the button slides through easily but most importantly holds securely.

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
29. Add one 11/0 seed bead between each berry bead on the end of the bracelet.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
30. Bring your thread back into the beading making sure to follow the path of your beads so no thread is seen. Stitch on a button for the clasp by adding approx. 6-7 11/0 seed beads through the shank of the button and secure to the bracelet. Reinforce by passing through several times.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
31. Go to the other end of your bracelet and add an 11/0 seed bead between each berry bead on this edge as well. String on enough 11/0 seed beads (approx. 20 beads) to comfortably make a loop to fit around the button.

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
32. Pull this loop taut and weave through several times to reinforce. Weave all thread ends into your beadwork and trim off.

Matching Earrings:


Earring Materials:
Note: If you have already purchased the bracelet supplies you will have plenty of beads left over to make the earrings too.

BB-2008: Matte Metallic Patina Iris Miyuki Berry Bead - 1 tube
BB-4202: Duracoat Galvanized Gold Miyuki Berry Bead - 1 tube
11-4202: 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Gold Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
CLBD-GO: C-lon Beading Thread Size D - Gold
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
286-415: 6mm bicone Palace Green Opal - 2 pcs
191-104: 14kt Gold Filled Earwire with Loop - 1 pair
192-530-G: 2" Gold Headpin with 2mm Ball - 2 pcs

Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
1. Stitch a single row using right angle weave (As shown in steps 1-10 of bracelet above)
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
2. With thread coming out of the top gold Berry bead, add seven 11/0 seed beads. Create a loop by passing through the gold bead from the other side. This loop will attach to your earwire so you may want to pass through it several times.
Berry Bead Bubbles bracelet right angle weave beginning
3. On the other end of your row add two 11/0 seed beads, your focal bead (either a bead on a headpin with a wrapped loop or a charm) and two more 11/0 seed beads.


Other colorways:

Sky Blue and Crystal
Sky Blue and Crystal Berry Bead Bubble Bracelet

Materials:
BB-1529: Sparkle Sky Blue Lined Crystal Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
BB-1F: Matte Silverlined Crystal Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
11-1F: 11/0 Matte Silverlined Crystal Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
CLBD-WH: C-Lon White Size D Beading Thread
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
194-003-S: 16mm Silver Sand Dollar Button - 1 pc

For matching earrings you will need these additional supplies:
191-100: Sterling Silver Earwire with Loop - 1 pair
192-530-S: 2" Silver Headpin with 2mm Ball - 2 pcs
286-005: 6mm Bicone Aquamarine - 2 pcs
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286-060: 6mm Bicone Crystal - 2 pcs


Aqua Green and Gray
Aqua Green and Gray Berry Bead Bubble Bracelet

Materials:
BB-2001: Matte Gunmetal Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
BB-1528: Sparkle Aqua Green Lined Crystal Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
11-2011: 11/0 Matte Metallic Gunmetal Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-17: Dark Blue Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
294-005-S: 17mm Czech Flower Button - Silver

For matching earrings you will need these additional supplies:
191-100: Sterling Silver Earwire with Loop - 1 pair
192-530-S: 2" Silver Headpin with 2mm Ball - 2 pcs
286-025: 6mm Bicone Blue Zircon - 2 pcs
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286-137: 6mm Bicone Jet Hematite 2x - 2 pcs


Peach and Caramel
Peach and Caramel Berry Bead Bubble Bracelet

Materials:
BB-593: Light Caramel Ceylon Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
BB-275: Dk Peach Lined Crystal Aurora Borealis Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
11-593: 11/0 Light Caramel Ceylon Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-04: Blush Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread Size B
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
194-002-C: 15mm Flower of Life Button - Copper

For matching earrings you will need these additional supplies:
192-531-AC: Antique Copper Earwire with Ball - 1 pair
192-530-AC: 2" Antique Copper Headpin with Ball - 2 pcs
286-390: 6mm Bicone Vintage Rose - 2 pcs


Jet Black and Silver
Aqua Green and Gray Berry Bead Bubble Bracelet

Materials:
BB-401: Black Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
BB-190: Nickel Plated Miyuki Berry Bead - 2 tubes
11-190: 11/0 Nickel Plated Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
MNT-12: Black Miyuki Nylon Beading Thread
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles
194-005-S: 17mm Czech Flower Button - Silver

For matching earrings you will need these additional supplies:
191-100: Sterling Silver Earwire with Loop - 1 pair
192-530-S: 2" Silver Headpin with 2mm Ball - 2 pcs
286-125: 6mm Bicone Jet - 2 pcs