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3D cuff tutorial

posted by Crumpet on April 9, 2010

Turning your cuff into a 3D cuff!

This tutorial will teach you how to turn your base cuff into a 3D cuff. You can learn how to make the base cuff from my kandi cuff tutorial. If you run out of string, click here to learn how to tie more on.
Please do not post this tutorial on other websites, but you may link to it.

Step 1

Thread your string along until it is coming out of the hole outlined in green. See how this bead is in the nook in between two 3-bead segments along the edge of the cuff? We'll call all beads in this position the nook bead.

The black beads going around the center of the cuff will be called equator beads (reference to the equator of the Earth)

 


Step 2

5-bead diagonal row 1

When we were making the base cuff, we only added 3 beads at a time. But when we turn the base cuff into a 3D, we will sometimes be adding 5 beads at a time, and sometimes 2 beads at a time.

For the first 3D row, we will put on five beads at a time. The first two beads should match the color bead you're coming from, the middle bead should be black, and the second two beads should match the beads near the bead you're pulling through, and in this case, the surrounding beads are green.

By that logic, the beads I put on are blue, blue, black, green, green. Pull tightly.


Step 3

Now for the rest of the row we basically alternate between coming from an equator bead and through a nook bead, and from a nook bead and through an equator bead. Stringing five beads each time.

The next five beads we string are green, green, black, yellow, yellow (following the color rule mentioned previously). And because I'm coming from an equator bead, I have to string through a nook bead.

Pull tightly.

 


Step 4

The next five beads we string are yellow, yellow, black, pink, pink, and we are coming from a nook bead, so we have to string through an equator bead.

Pull tightly. Your 3D segments should be standing up a bit already.

 


Step 5

The next five beads we string are pink, pink, black, blue, blue. We're coming from an equator bead and going through a nook bead.

Finish the rest of the row, remembering the rules below:

From nook -> through equator
From equator -> through nook

Colors: 2x the color bead you're coming from (or the surrounding bead color, if the bead is black), 1x black, 2x the color bead you're going through (or the surrounding bead color, if the bead is black)

 


Step 6

When you get to the end of the row, your string should be coming through a nook bead.

Our next step is to turn these 3D diagonal segments into Xs. This will involve stringing 2 beads at a time.

We first need to work our string over so that it's coming through a black sticking-up bead. The path we need to take is outlined with a white arrow.

 


Step 7

Now the string is coming out through the black bead. For the next few steps what we do might seem odd, but once you see the later photos it will make sense, so skip ahead if necessary :)

We're basically trying to turn the diagonal strips of beads into Xs/ pyramids by adding two beads at a time.


Step 8

Add two green beads, and string through the closest nook bead as shown.


Step 9

Add another two green beads, and string through the nearest black bead that's sticking up.

 


Step 10

Add two yellow beads, and string through the nearest black equator bead (remember, the equator beads are the black beads that go around the center of the cuff). Pull tightly.

By now you should see that we have made an X shape or pyramid shape. The black bead that's sticking up is the center of the X/pyramid, half of the pyramid is yellow and half is green.

 


Step 11

Can you see how our next pyramid is going to be formed? Half of it will be yellow, and half of it will be pink.

We now string two yellow beads, and thread from the black equator bead through the nearest black bead that's sticking up. Pull tightly.

 


Step 12

To finish this yellow/pink pyramid, we need to string two pink beads, and thread from the black top-of-pyramid bead, through the nearest nook bead.

The four corner points for this pyramid are two nook beads and two equator beads. These will be the corner points for the other pyramids you make.

 


Step 13

Continue making the rest of the pyramids, remembering the rules below:

- The corner points for each pyramid are two nook beads and two equator beads
- The tip of each pyramid is a black bead
- Make sure that each half of the pyramid is one color; it should be easy to figure out which color to add, since half of the pyramid is already made.

When you get to the end of the row, pull through the top black bead, and pull tightly.

 


Step 14

Next we need to make pyramids on the other half of the cuff. To do this, we first need to weave our string down to the nearest equator bead, as shown.


Step 15

Now we repeat the process we did starting at step 2, where we string 5 beads at a time.

The beads we string first are green, green, black, yellow, yellow. This is because I am coming from an equator bead where the surrounding beads are green, and going through a yellow nook bead.


Step 16

The beads we string next are yellow, yellow, black, pink, pink because we're coming from a yellow nook bead, and going through an equator bead where the nearby beads are pink.

Pull your string through the equator bead, and pull tightly.

 


Step 17

Unfortunately my photos after step 16 are hard to see, so you're on your own for making pyramids for this half.

But all you're doing is repeating steps 2 - 13, so refer back to those steps if necessary.

 


Step 18

Once you're done making the pyramids on the second half of the cuff, thread your string so that it's coming out of a black "top-of-pyramid" bead.

We will now be making a final set of pyramids, and the black "top-of-pyramid" beads will be the points where we thread our string through.


Step 19

Our final layer of pyramids is done in the same way as the other two layers. We string five beads at a time, with a shaped bead in the middle (substitute a black bead if you don't have any shaped ones). The colored beads you string should match the segment you're threading over.

My first segment is yellow. Yours may be different.


Step 20

Continue working your way around the cuff stringing 5-bead diagonal lines, using the black "top-of-pyramid" beads as your connectors. You will always be stringing diagonally.

Make sure that the shaped bead you string always rests in the middle of the "square" formed by the black beads (I drew lines to highlight the square).


Step 21

When you get to the end of the row, pull through the black connector bead as usual.

Then, work your way over so your string is coming out of a shaped bead. The path I took is shown.


Step 22

Now we just have to string two beads at a time to finish our pyramids, matching the bead colors with the segment. The shaped beads will be the top of the pyramids.

Thread your string from the shaped bead and through the nearest corner point of the imaginary square (highlighted).

 


Step 23

Continue stringing two beads at a time to make your row of pyramids. You will always be stringing diagonally, in this order: From corner point to shaped bead, from shaped bead to corner point, repeat.

 


Step 24

When you get to the end of the row, pull through the necessary bead as usual. In my case, it's a shaped bead, and it will probably be the shaped bead for you too.


Step 25

Now we just need to work our bead to the bottom of the cuff, so we can tie it off.

Thread your bead down diagonally so it's coming out of one of the black corner beads of the top pyramid layer...


Step 26

...then thread it down more so that it's coming out of one of the bottom "nook" beads.


Step 27

Next, thread your string down and underneath the string of the bottom row, so the end is coming out from inside the cuff.

Don't pull it all the way through; leave a loop as shown.

 


Step 28

This picture isn't super clear, but pull the end of your string up through the loop you've just made.

You will be going over the string of the bottom row to go up through the loop.


Step 29

Make sure that you have not looped around a bead. You should only have looped around the string of the bottom row. Then pull the string tightly, so that you create a knot.

Repeat the process of steps 27-29 one or two more times to secure the knot, then trim the excess string.

You're done!

Your 3D cuff is now finished! Here's how mine turned out:

If you're proud of how your 3D cuff turned out, feel free to submit a photo of it to the photo gallery.