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Tattoo Bracelet Patterns
These patterns are done in brick stitch, and you can either do it all at ones as a long brick stitched bracelet, or you can do it in individual components. The pattern was made for size 11 seed beads, but using Delicas or size 15 seed beads would work as well, adding more components. Size 15 seed beads would make a delicate chain.
Because they are done in components, you can lengthen or shorten them easily by adding or removing sections, or even just making a smaller component or plain white diamond shape to put on the ends before the clasp.
Now that you've got your bracelet all graphed out, time to stitch it up. I used silamide and size 12 short needle. I'm partial to shorts, use whatever you're comfortable with. Add a clasp to the ends.
Other ideas- An individual motif of course makes a great earring, the same strip without a clasp would make a handsome bookmark. Make a few more to make it long enough for a choker.
These bracelet patterns are inspired by tribal style tattoos. The bold black lines used in these tattoos are striking. If you'd like to try graphing your own version, here's a blank graph to use. Since they are 2 colors, you can use any 2 colors you'd like, or even a colorful bead soup on a plain white or black background. If you use beads that are close to your flesh color and black beads for the "tattoos" it will be like a removable, temporary tattoo.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
If you really like 2 color brick stitch patterns, I'd like to recommend my Kindle book, Basic Brick Stitched Earrings, it has instructions for brick stitch as well as several earring patterns and it's only 2.99.
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