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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crystal bead bracelet



A few weeks ago, I showed you some gorgeous crystal beads that I received from Auntie's Beads. Today, I've got a really simple project for you that I think takes full advantage of the variations in color, and allows each bead to shine on its own!

Materials and Tools
Gold colored SoftFlex, 4 pieces, 10 inches long each
4 size #3 crimp beads
Size 8/0 seed beads, lilac
Size 6/0 seed beads, 2 lilac
Lobster claw clasp and soldered loop

Ruler
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers


My project is a variation on one that I found in Linda Peterson's book Beading In No Time.  I constructed it in a slightly different manner from Linda, but I still want to give her credit.  You've probably seen bracelets similar to this before, featured in different magazines and books, and Linda's version is more elaborate than this, with a prettier clasp and some additional dangles.  Mine is very basic.


1. Crimp 4 strands of beading wires in pairs around a lobster claw clasp.  Use a large crystal and a size 6/0 seed bead to cover all the wires.

2. Randomly add crystals to the strands, bringing two wires together with a size 8/0 seed bead at frequent intervals.  Use the seed beads to group different wires each time to get the woven look.

3. Crimp the other end of the wires in pairs around a soldered loop.

 




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As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received crystal beads free of charge from Auntie's Beads in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
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15 comments:

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Very pretty!!!!!!!!!

Cyndi L said...

Simple too, which I really like ;-)

Martine said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely yet easy to make bracelet with us!

Cyndi L said...

My pleasure, Marine!

A Creative Dream... said...

Wow, Cyndi, that is GORGEOUS! I love the colors and how well it all plays together!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, June :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

Beautiful, Cyndi. You make it sound so easy - "Randomly add crystals to the strands" - but I know it takes a real artist's eye to have the colors and shapes fall into such lovely arrangements.

Nicely done!

Cyndi L said...

LOL!! Thanks Eileen. It really was random, without much thought involved. The only tricky part is picking out the right mix of colors before you start to string :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

Good point, Cyndi. Thanks again. That's kind of like the carpenter's rule, "Measure twice, cut once."

Carme said...

Very Nice!!!! thanks for this Tutorial.

Cyndi L said...

You're very welcome, Carme! Thanks for visiting :-)

jamberry_song said...

Thanks for this project tutorial! You're right, I've seen similar things in magazines, but not quite the same. You've made it look so fun and easy! Now I really want to try this. Thanks again! :D

Cyndi L said...

The idea of weaving strands back and forth like this isn't new, but the version that Linda Peterson teaches in her book is much fancier than mine :-)

Cherie said...

This is gorgeous, and it can go with so many different styles. The colors would blend with just about any out. I really like it.

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Cherie :-)

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