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 ToolsGold colored SoftFlex, 4 pieces, 10 inches long each4 size #3 crimp beadsSize 8/0 seed beads, lilacSize 6/0 seed beads, 2 lilac
Lobster claw clasp and soldered loop
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.
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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