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Sample by Janice Parsons

Centuries old, smoke signals have been used worldwide as long as there has been fire to message news, danger, and long-distance communication. Based on the Sea Shore Project by Savanna Hall, Janice has found inspiration from the new Czech Glass Beads known as Duets and has created a 4 Wrap design that seems to cipher fun….the pattern changes constantly, almost like Morse Code. “The fun thing is to weave sections of Duets and others with 8/0 Miyuki’s in color blocks and let it take you on a journey. Don’t take the pattern too seriously and you won’t get bored!”

Janice recommends giving yourself a weekend to complete. Using just three types of beads, a button, leather and Tuff Cord #1, Janice has created a design we hope you’ll enjoy making and wearing for years to come.

To help you complete this project:

  1. Review the Project Map below with bird’s eye view of the design.
  2. Download Seashore PDF Handout and adapt the tutorial to 4 wraps, rather than two.

Review our Skill Builders: How to Secure a Project to a Board, How to Macrame, How to Ladder, How to Add a Thread to a Laddering Project.

And please be sure to download the Look Book Challenge to be inspired by gorgeous samples of Wrap Bracelets done by our customers using SuperDuos.


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8-401F- Matte Black 8/0
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8-4512- Picasso Canary Yellow Matte 8/0
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Black - Tuff Cord
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Metallic Charcoal- 1.0mm Indian
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Beadalon Collapsible Eye Needles
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GS Hypo Cement
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Xuron Thread & Cord Scissor
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Project Tray Inserts
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Deep Dish Project Tray
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Handy Tape
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Project Map

Begin by choosing your Superduo Duet bead first and accenting it with two 8/0 seed beads you like with it. Choosing a dark and a light will help set off the Duet patterns. If both 8/0’s are “matchy-matchy”, the 2-tone duets won’t be very visible. You’ll want to cut your leather to wrap your wrist 4 times. For a 7 inch wrist, the leather was cut to 60 inches.

There are more than enough materials to make 2 bracelets, if you space out your pattern and have an extra button for a second bracelet. Superduos have their challenging moments when laddering. If you are an Intermediate Beader with laddering experience, think about doing the Infinity Ladder Stitch we have demonstrated in the Honeycomb Weave Project*. And with any two-hole bead, remember you add the new beads always from the same side! And don’t forget that the other side is for going back through the same hole. This is easy to forget!

*Smoke Signals can be done with KO or Hana thread, as seen in Honeycomb Weave. Just make sure you use the thinner thread doubled.

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