Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pearl or chunky bead Bracelet

While browsing through a Department store recently my eyes caught some beautiful pearly beaded bracelets.  I'm not really a jewelry designer but I figured, what the heck.  I could try and create something similar and it wouldn’t cost me as much as the ready-made prices.  I am fortunate enough to own a bead design board, but you can easily substitute a kitchen towel to set up your design and keep the beads from rolling while you are working.

You will need:

Some pearlized glass beads in desired colors (or beads of choice)

Needle nosed pliers, round nosed pliers and wire cutters

Eye pins (I used sterling because of allergies but you can use regular findings)

Spring rings or lobster claw clasp

 Jump rings

Tape measure

1.     Poke the Eye pin through the center of the bead.  Using the wire cutters snip the cut end about to about a ¼”. 

2.     Using the round nosed pliers bend down to the left and then at the base bend the other way into a round shape making sure the ends meet to close.  You will have rings on both sides of the bead.  (After you do a few it gets easier)

3.     Use a jump ring to attach the beads together.  Use a twisting motion to open the jump rings rather than just pulling apart.  Make sure the ends meet to close.  Make the bracelet as long you need.

4.     Attach the spring ring with a jump ring to the last bead on one side and you are done!

5.     Wear with pride.


Marlene said...

Pretty bangles, thanks for the instructions.

Heather said...

how pretty - i really like the pearl one... simple and chic! nice job!

Anonymous said...

Crystal, they are both beautiful and I would be proud to own either one of them...great work!!!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I'm not a jewelry designer either but find it fun to work with some pieces! have been adding beads/jewels/stones to some of my bookmark tassels. Great instructions!

Lee said...

Lovely! It's fun to make and more fun to wear ;^)

Magic Love Crow said...

Crystal, you amaze me! They are great! And, they are even better than great, because you made them! Beautiful!

Erika said...

The bracelets turned out great! Thank you for the tutorial.

Leovi said...

Very beautiful bracelets and precise instructions. Are really stunning in the photos.

Makavetis said...

Great blog! I found you through Leovi.. Please come check out my blog as well I started a new one about Art!

Margaret said...

My daughter makes jewelry all the time. I love watching her create. You did a wonderful job! Very elegant.

Sarah-Wife, Mother, Friend, Writer said...

They look great! I LOVE to make my own jewelry!


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