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This Tutorial is from http://forum.ojewelry.net/ 

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New thread is shown in red on diagrams. Keep beads snug against each other and nudge them into place if necessary. Keep thread tension tight enough to form a firm but fluid rope. Wrapping the tail around your finger can help keep the tension until the rope is long enough to hold onto. Your tension will determine how much twist your bracelet has.
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1. With 2 yards of thread, string 2 size 11 seed beads. Leave a 12” tail. It is not necessary to tie a knot or use a stop bead
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2. Pass the needle back up through the 1st seed bead strung, then down through the 2nd seed bead.
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3. Pick up the 3rd seed bead. Pass the needle down through the 2nd seed bead, then pass back up through the 3rd seed bead.
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4. Pick up a size 10 triangle bead. Pass the needle up through the 3rd seed bead, then back down through the triangle bead (big bid).
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5. With the triangle bead on the right, fold the ladder away from you, then pass the needle up through the 1st seed bead to form a circle. Your tail thread and the new thread should now be coming out of the top and bottom ends of the 1st bead strung.
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6. Pass the needle back down through the triangle bead, then back up through the 1st seed bead. This will stabilize the circle.
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7. Pick up 2 seed beads, and pass the needle down through the 2nd seed bead in the base circle, then up through the 3rd seed bead in the base circle.
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8. Pick up a seed bead, then a triangle bead, and pass the needle down through the 1st triangle bead in the base circle.

9. You should now have 4 stacks of 2 beads each. Pass the needle back up through the first stack of 2 beads to the left of the stack of 2 triangle beads.
Note in the diagram that not all 4 stacks of beads are connected to each other. This is correct and will continue this way as the rope is built.
10. Pick up 2 seed beads and pass the needle down through the top seed bead only in the next stack to the left.
11. Pass the needle up through the top seed bead only in the next stack to the left.
12. Pick up a seed bead and a triangle bead, and pass the needle down through the top triangle only in the next stack on the left, then pass the needle up through the top seed bead only in the next stack to the left.
14. When you have reached your desired bracelet (or choker) length, stabilize the end by weaving the needle down and up through the first 2 beads of each stack so that all the stacks are connected to the one on either side of it. Pass the needle under the thread bridge between the beads and tie a few small knots. If desired, put a small dab of glue on the knots.

2000 Felinda Bullock