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Alternative Beads: Diamoonds and Triangles

In this latest "Better Beaders" video from PotomacBeads, Allie talks about different diamond and triangle shape beads, and when you can or cannot used alternative shapes in patterns or beading designs.

Episode Transcript


In Better Beaders Episode 4, Allie and Katelyn explore the exciting world of alternative beads, focusing on the stunning possibilities of diamond and triangle-shaped beads. These unique shapes offer a fresh twist on traditional beading projects, allowing you to create eye-catching designs with a modern flair. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of recreating the featured jewelry project from the episode, empowering you to incorporate these alternative beads into your own beading adventures.

Materials Needed

  • Diamond-shaped beads (size 11/0)
  • Triangle-shaped beads (size 11/0)
  • Round seed beads (size 11/0)
  • Beading thread (Fireline or Wildfire)
  • Beading needle (size 10 or 12)
  • Scissors
  • Clasp of your choice
  • Pliers (for attaching the clasp)

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Begin by cutting a comfortable length of beading thread and threading your needle. Allie recommends using a length that's manageable for you, typically around an arm's length.
  2. Start your pattern by picking up one diamond bead, one round seed bead, and one triangle bead. Repeat this sequence two more times, so you have a total of three sets on your thread.
  3. As you work, ensure that the diamond and triangle beads are facing the same direction for a consistent look. Katelyn suggests paying attention to the orientation of the holes in these beads.
  4. Continue adding beads in this alternating pattern until you reach your desired length. For a bracelet, aim for about 6-7 inches, depending on your wrist size.
  5. Once you've reached your desired length, it's time to add the clasp. Allie recommends using a lobster clasp or a toggle clasp for a secure and easy-to-use closure.
  6. To attach the clasp, thread your needle through the loop of the clasp and back through the last few beads on your bracelet. Reinforce the connection by passing through the beads and the clasp loop several times.
  7. Tie off your thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim the excess thread close to the beadwork. Your diamond and triangle beaded bracelet is now complete!

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

One of the best things about this project is the endless possibilities for customization. Allie and Katelyn encourage viewers to experiment with different color combinations to suit their personal style. Consider using a monochromatic palette for a sleek and sophisticated look, or mix and match bold, contrasting colors for a fun and playful vibe.

You can also play with the arrangement of the diamond and triangle beads, creating unique patterns and designs. Try alternating the direction of the beads for a zigzag effect, or group them in sets of two or three for a more structured appearance.


Creating a stunning bracelet with diamond and triangle-shaped beads is easier than you might think, thanks to the expert guidance of Allie and Katelyn from Better Beaders. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you'll be able to craft a one-of-a-kind accessory that showcases the beauty and versatility of alternative beads.

We'd love to see your creations! Share photos of your completed projects in the comments below, and feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. For more beading inspiration and tutorials, be sure to check out other episodes in the Better Beaders series.

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