Monday, January 09, 2017

Pearl and crystal cuff bracelet - a tutorial


A couple of years ago, I made a cute little crocheted bracelet with the beads you see above and some C-Lon cord.  As it had started to look a little worse for the wear, I decided to repurpose the beads into a new bracelet.  You don't have to start with an already-existing bracelet if you don't want to...just grab the beads you like and some wire.  I used heavy 12 gauge wire for the cuff, and 22 gauge craft wire for the wrapping.  The beads included 4mm Czech druks, large glass pearls, 8mm faceted Czech rounds, and shell chips.  I also used some size 8/0 seed beads as spacers.

The tools you will need are as follows:
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers







1. Cut a piece of heavy wire a bit larger than the proper size for your wrist.  Since you will be wrapping the beads around the cuff, you want to make sure that there will be enough room to accommodate them and not dig uncomfortably into your wrist.  Turn simple loops at each end, and string your beads onto the lightweight wire.  Do not cut this wire from the spool yet.  


2. Curve your cuff wire, anchor the lightweight wire by wrapping as many times as you like around one end, and loosely wrap the strand to the other end, repeating the anchoring wraps.  That is all.  Wasn't that easy??




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