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River Birch

Project Info:

Level: Beginner

Estimated time: 1 hour per bracelet

Project by Brittany Ketcham
Samples by Robin Tobias*

Found along many rivers of North America, this lovely tree grows a cinnamon-colored bark that curls and peels with age. When Robin* selected the cord and bead colors for this collection of Bollywood, we think she heard the tinkling sound birch leaves make when the wind is blowing.

And it’s really amazing that with just 4 tubes of seed beads and 5 colors of Chinese Knotting Cord, you can make 15 bracelets! Just add a few organza bags to your order and you can keep some and give some away as gifts. How perfect!

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See the Project Map below for a Bird’s Eye View of what beads Robin paired with what cord. Bollywood is a video project. Be sure to click on the VIDEO tab above to watch. We do not have a companion handout for Bollywood, however these techniques are helpful to review, if you’re new to Bollywood:

River Birch

Spring Leaf- 0.5mm

0.5mm chinese knotting cord

$3.35 USD

Teal- 0.5mm

0.5mm chinese knotting cord

$3.35 USD

Poseidon- 0.5mm

0.5mm chinese knotting cord

$3.35 USD

Sea Green- 0.5mm

0.5mm chinese knotting cord

$3.35 USD

8-263- Seafoam Lined Crystal AB

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.85 USD

8-2066- Matte Metallic Teal Iris 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$9.35 USD

6-263 Seafoam Crystal Lined AB 6/0

6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.75 USD

6-1256 Metallic Matte Green Iris 6/0

6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$8.75 USD

Project Tray Inserts

Design Boards & Storage

$10.25 USD

GS Hypo Cement


$5.35 USD

Project Map

Robin’s samples use two sizes of seed beads (8/0 and 6/0) in just two colors, but notice how when you mix the five cord colors you get a variety that looks like so much more. When finishing the tails of each bracelet, Robin found it easier to use the 6/0 seed beads on all the tails rather than trying to fit 8/0’s on the ends, as Brittany did in the original samples.

*Robin Tobias is a local jewelry maker who knows Janice from “the old days” of The Bead Shop, where she was a regular in many of our classes.  Recently Robin and Janice reconnected and now we’re keeping her busy sample-making. Thank you, Robin!