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How To Make A Cellini Spiral Bracelet - Free Patterns And Tutorial

Updated on June 09, 2016

The cellini spiral is a type of tubular peyote beading, where different sized beads are used to create the spiral helix effect.

An Italian inspiration, the cellini spiral was thought to have originated from Benvenuto Cellini, a member of an artist group in the Renaissance Mannerism period, where the figura serpentinata (from Latin – serpentine figure) was used to display human figures in snakelike spiral movements that appealed from all sides.

The first cellini spiral is always the hardest for a beginner, because a lot of beads and patience are always needed to create any cellini masterpiece. The good news is that the jewellery turns out fairly strong and is easily repairable in later years. Plus, there is no counting after the first bit, so you can watch TV while beading cellini, once the first few rounds are done.

Cellini spirals are a fantastic example of traditional European bead weaving and should be worn to attract comments and attention! Modern cellini spirals are made with bold and opaque colours, compared to the natural translucent themes used in earlier decades.

So, let’s get started on demystifying the process of creating a cellini spiral...

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Materials

You will need:

1.9mm (12/0) White delica beads x 4
1.9mm (12/0) Blue delica beads x 1
3mm (8/0) White seed beads x 2
3mm (8/0) Blue seed beads x 4
4.5mm (5/0) Large blue seed beads x 2
4.5mm (5/0) Large transparent blue seed beads x 1

Bead amounts will vary, depending on the size of the bracelet. The list of beads is shown in ratios – so for example, for every 1 lot of blue delica beads, you will need to purchase 4 lots of white delica beads.

You will also need:

Fine, strong beading thread
An extra fine beading needle
Sharp scissors

NOTE: Check that both needle and thread fit through all of the beads multiple times.

Size Notes

This is only a rough guide to bead sizes and it doesn’t matter if you can’t purchase the exact sizes listed above.

The idea is to have some very small beads that are uniform in size (delicas are best for this) and some medium sized seed beads and some large sized seed beads.

It doesn’t matter if the medium and large sized seed beads are uniform in size or not, but the delicas do need to be uniformly sized for the right effect.

Big Blue Cellini Spiral Bracelet Pattern

The cellini spiral pattern depends on having different sized beads which create the lovely spiral effect.

When purchasing beads for cellini spirals, I recommend buying some delica beads for the smallest ones, as well as normal/medium sized seed beads and large seed beads.

Delica beads are often known as Japanese beads and all of them in the packet are the same size and shape, unlike common seed beads. They are commonly available to purchase online.

The pattern for the blue cellini spiral bracelet is as follows:

1 blue delica
2 white delica
1 white seed bead
2 blue seed beads
1 large blue seed bead
1 large transparent blue seed bead
1 large blue seed bead
2 blue seed beads
1 white seed bead
2 white delica

This is the order you will be following when you begin the bracelet.

Follow this pattern all of the way through to the end to get the same appearance as the blue cellini bracelet I have made.

Don't panic! The cellini spiral will automatically tell you what the pattern is as you work on it, though you will need to follow the pattern in the beginning.

Example Of Supplies Needed

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Supporting Diagrams

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Step 2 & 3 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram.
Step 2 & 3 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram. | Source
Step 4 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram.
Step 4 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram. | Source
Step 6 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram.
Step 6 - Click to enlarge. Note the tail is still meant to be there, but is hidden in this diagram. | Source

Starting The Cellini Spiral

  1. Cut a long piece of beading thread and thread it through the needle. Thread on all of the beads in the pattern above, in order. Leave a 20cm tail of thread at the end.
  2. Pass the needle through the first bead, which should be the blue delica. Pull both tail and needle threads gently, but firmly, to make sure the blue bead doesn't fall off. Thread on another blue delica.
  3. Pass the needle through the next bead, which should be a white delica. Thread on a white delica.
  4. Pass the needle through the next bead, which should be a white delica. Thread on a white delica.
  5. Pass the needle through the next bead, which should be a white seed bead. Thread on a white seed bead.
  6. You can see that whatever bead you pass your needle through is the bead you need to add next. Just keep following the same steps until you return to the first blue delica bead again. Then pass the needle through the blue delica and thread on another blue delica.
  7. Keep following the pattern until the work begins to form a cellini spiral shape (this should happen after about 10 rounds).

You'll find that the first few rounds are really hard to do because the shape hasn't formed yet.

If you keep thread pulled reasonably firm (but not too tight), you can see a cylindrical tube beginning to form. Always try to work with the beads on top of the cylinder.

A handy tip is to put a piece of masking tape on the bottom end (the tail end) of the work so that you can tell top and bottom.

Keep working until you have about 20cm of beading thread left on the needle end.

Handy Hints

I like to thread tails through delicas, because they hold the thread firmly as the bead holes are small. However, depending on needle and thread size, delicas can break if the needle is forced through. Don't force anything! Feel free to switch to the next bead size up if needed.

Note: Each of the two tails should go in a different direction.

Threading a tail through white delicas.
Threading a tail through white delicas. | Source

Attaching New Thread

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What To Do When You Run Out Of Thread

Running out of thread? There’s a technique to attach new thread and it’s really easy!

  1. Firstly, make sure the needle has finished threading on one bead and has passed through the next bead. Then take the needle off the thread, leaving a 20cm tail.
  2. Thread a new piece of thread onto the needle. Then, pass the needle through the previous four beads that have just been worked on, leaving a 20cm tail. Continue the work as normal.
  3. When a few rounds have been completed, you can stop and sew back in the tail parts, so they don’t get in the way. Simply thread a tail onto the needle and following the direction of the tail thread, pass it through rows of beads of the same kind. You can see in the photo that I was finishing off one of my tails by threading through white delicas.
  4. Continue until you have used up the 20cm tail thread. It doesn’t matter if you go through a lot of beads as this strengthens the bracelet significantly. When tail thread is almost ended, simply cut off the thread as close to the last bead passed through as possible. If you have done enough rounds, there is no need for knots or glue.

Joining The Ends

To join two ends together, run thread through a colour on one end then through the same colour on the other end etc. Click to enlarge.
To join two ends together, run thread through a colour on one end then through the same colour on the other end etc. Click to enlarge. | Source

Ending The Bracelet

When you have a satisfactory length of bracelet and you are ready to end it, match up the ends and see if they look like they fit together correctly.

If they do, go ahead and start sewing them together (as pictured in the diagram). If the ends do not match well, the first few starting rounds might need to be undone, so that the shape is better matched.

You can do this by pulling the beads off and unravelling the thread. But whatever you do, keep a tail on the starting round for sewing back in later!

When the ends are sewn together, run each tail thread through rounds of beads in opposite directions using the technique above in “What to do when you run out of thread” and cut.

White spotted cellini spiral bracelet.
White spotted cellini spiral bracelet. | Source

Materials

You will need:

1.9mm (12/0) White delica beads x 4
1.9mm (12/0) Blue delica beads x 2
3mm (8/0) White seed beads x 3
3mm (8/0) Blue seed beads x 1

Bead amounts will vary, depending on the size of the bracelet. The list of beads is shown in ratios – so for example, for every 4 lots of white delica beads, you will need to purchase 2 lots of blue delica beads.

You will also need:

Fine, strong beading thread
An extra fine beading needle
Sharp scissors

NOTE: Check that both needle and thread fit through all of the beads multiple times.

Size Notes

It is important that the seed beads are not too large as they will not sit well with the delicas if they are larger seed beads, so use the medium sized ones as indicated.

White Spotted Cellini Spiral Bracelet Pattern

Here is the pattern for the white cellini spiral bracelet is as follows:

Round 1

1 white delica
1 blue delica
1 white delica
4 white sead beads
1 white delica
1 blue delica
1 white delica

Round 2

1 white delica
1 blue delica
1 white delica
1 white seed bead
2 blue seed beads
1 white seed bead
1 white delica
1 blue delica
1 white delica

This pattern is worked by following Round 1, then Round 2 to get the blue spot pattern. A bit more attention is needed to make sure that the blue spots appear correctly, but this is easy once you practise the pattern.

If any mistakes are made, simply pull at the latest beads and unravel the thread to do the round again.

Gallery Of Cellini Gorgeousness

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Create a few cellini spiral bracelets in complimentary colours and wear them together!
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Create a few cellini spiral bracelets in complimentary colours and wear them together!
Create a few cellini spiral bracelets in complimentary colours and wear them together! | Source
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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Suzanne, This is a fantastic craft hub. The step-by-step is detailed, those photos are gorgeous, and it looks doable. Voted up +++ and pinning!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks FlourishAnyway, I really felt "in the mood" to create this one as I finally finished both bracelets after a few months of working at them and then enjoyed a trip to the seaside yesterday for photography. Glad you liked it and looking forward to digging up some more beading hubs in the future and taking the projects to fancy places to photograph them (so much fun!)

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      This is a great article! Making Bracelets is all the rave and your Article really displays how to so providing great detail. Thanks Voted Up.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      What a glorious hub! That white bracelet with the blue spots would look great on my arm. I am definitely trying this. Love your photos by the water too. Great instructions. Shared around.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      simply aesthetic

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love beads and bead work--will be coming back here!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great instructions and I love the way these look. I am sending this to my daughter ...she is making bracelets that are similar to these right now. Pinned and shared

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! I love the idea of making bracelets the creative photos are incredible this hub deserves a vote up, useful interesting, beautiful and useful.

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      Christina Lornemark 3 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful hub with detailed step by step tutorial and beautiful photos. I wish I had the time to try this myself, but until then I will have your hub as inspiration. Thanks for sharing

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful bead bracelets - with such great step-by step directions. I hadn't heard of cellini bracelets, but the spiral effect is super cute!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow.... Suzanne I just love reading your this type of creative hubs. The bracelet looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Stunning work Suzanne. I love the finished bracelet and the instructions are just perfect. Voted up pinned and tweeted.

      Have a lovely evening

      Sally

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Absolutely fantastic tutorial! I love your photos and diagrams, and the bracelet is stunning. I'm an avid crafter, but I've never really done much beadwork. This makes me want to try! Pinning!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a beautiful bracelet. Your tutorial is terrific. I am saving it to use later. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your Cellini spiral bracelets are fabulous! You did a great job with the beadwork as well as the photos. It's always nice to find other beadweavers, especially on HubPages. I would love to attempt this technique sometime.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Just beautiful! My affinity for cobalt blue would fit perfectly with this project. Thanks for all the detail. Your photos make me want to reach into the screen and slip one on my wrist!

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Suzanne, what a neat bracelet! I haven't seen anything like these, and I am not sure I could create one. If I ever could though, I know your instructions would definitely be part of the reason though! Thanks for sharing, they are really cool bracelets!

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      Helena Ricketts 3 years ago from Indiana

      Wow! I love this and am going to have to try it. What a great article and the instructions are fantastic. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What a cool idea! You've given great instructions with terrific photos. I think you should sell this great bracelets. Enjoyed, voted up and pinned!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you to everyone for your kind comments! Writer Fox, I probably wouldn't sell these beaded bracelets because they take awhile to make - I doubt anyone would want to pay $999 for them (if they do, let me know!) so they're definitely a "me" project for beaders.

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      LD 2 years ago

      This is a great tutorial. the bracelets look great and you really feel like making one right away. Well done !

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Wonderful and informative hub. Makes one want to take up a new hobby

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the look of this pattern. Your tutorial is terrific, easy to follow and understand. Absolutely awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      What pretty beaded bracelets! They look complicated to make, but your instructions and step-by-step photographs are clear and easy to follow. I may even get the urge to try it one day! Voted up and pinned!

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      Lovely bracelets. Love your instructions. Videos aren't always as easy to follow as one would think. I will definitely refer back to this when I make one.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      these are very beautiful and you've put the instructions together so clearly as well. I normally never wear anything on my wrists, not even a watch - gheesh no rings usually either (just one) - but honestly because these look so sturdy and they sort of jump out, I would probably where it with the right outfit

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      So beautifully done. Your talent is unmistakeable. I could never do this, even with your excellent step-by-step instructions and photos. But I really enjoyed thinking about it!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi everyone, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I'm glad you liked the tutorial and I just want to point out that it really isn't hard to get the hang of it, the main issues are being able to see the beads and needle and thread properly and also to have the right needle (it's not a normal sewing needle).

      These special needles go through the seed beads very easily. I find cellini stitch is very addictive once you have done a few because you only have to count it out a few times, then the pattern is embedded in the bracelet and you can focus on other stuff while doing it!

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      Great instructions. The only beading I have done so far are switching the beads on my european bead bracelet around. This looks complicated for me but then you've got nice pictorial instructions. That really helps.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I think I am going to try making one of these for christmas presents--very cool!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are really, really pretty! I' d love to try Cellini spirals.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Wow looks amazing, thank you for the tutorial!

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      Bubbles 21 months ago

      The instructions don't seem to match the outcome - beads should be stacked onto previous rounds, and if you look closely at the bracelets, that is how they are arranged. Whereas the diagram shows them between beads, which is increasing, then doing normal stacking. If using that diagram, one would never be able to make a 'Cellini' spiral.

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      Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Bubbles, not sure what you mean. I've used these diagrams to make many cellini spiral bracelets and the idea is to go through a bead, add on a bead etc etc as per pictured. Though I have shown beads between each other in the stacking process, this is a better visual for people to follow that having them completely concentric. However, if you are concerned, please tell me which diagram is causing consternation and we can explore it together.

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      Susie Lehto 21 months ago from Minnesota

      Suzanne, that is a beautiful bracelet. I love to do beading but have never tried this project. Thank you for the tutorial, I'll remember this hub if I decide to tackle it. - Up votes, pin and tweet!

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      skperdon 21 months ago from Canada

      I'd like to use your pattern, it's very pretty. You instructions are very detailed. Thank you for sharing it Suzanne Day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 19 months ago from Northern California, USA

      These bracelets are gorgeous! The instructions seem intricate, but something I believe I can do. Thanks so much for the fabulous photos. They help a lot.

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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      Very pretty bracelets. Thanks for sharing and I'm going to pin it to my craft board.

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      Beadweaver 4 months ago

      The Cellini Spiral originated from Virginia Blakelock and NAMED after Cellini, Bead & Button included this fact in one of their books.

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