Hey beautiful! In today’s beaded jewelry tutorial, I will show you how to make my Bugle Bead Ribbon Bracelet pattern, which combines 6mm bugles, 11/0, and 15/0 seed beads. Please see below for the full list of materials, and more.
Materials for One 7" Bracelet
✔ 6g – 6mm Miyuki Bugle Beads
✔ 4g – 11/0 Delica, or Seed Beads
✔ 1g – 15/0 Charlottes, or Seed Beads
✔ 9-10 yds. – 6lb. Fireline, or your choice of beading thread
✔ 2 – Wire Guards (4.5x4mm)
✔ 2 – Jump or Split Rings
✔ Bead Mat
About the Bugle Bead Ribbon Bracelet
Feel free to simply use bugle beads and 11/0 seed beads, if that’s all you have. This design works very well with either seed beads or Miyuki Delica beads in the background. I recommend choosing colors that will contrast with the bugles, so the wavy ribbon effect really stands out.
How the Design Evolved
The very first version I made is the green/purple combo, second from the right. This is an example of the bracelet, created with bugles and 11/0 seed beads only; even in place of the Charlottes.
The next bracelet I created is the one in cream/green gold, second from the left. This bracelet also contains 11/0 seed beads in the background in place of Delica beads, and the ribbon portion is a little bit wider.
Finally, the red version is the one I settled on to model for the tutorial instruction, but I realized afterward that I didn’t have the bugles folded the same way along the entire bracelet – oops! That’s okay, I am used to making mistakes; I chalk it up to a learning experience, and move on. Most won’t notice, unless I point it out, and I’ll be keeping it for myself to enjoy. 😁